Australian plants are like the ultimate self-sacrificing mother: They give and give (certain trees can reach 20 feet in just a few years and flower for six weeks or more) but ask so little in return. (Fertilizer? Rain? If you insist.) Their fantastical forms, however — including sculptural, hairy, or waxy blooms in neon colors — are anything but matronly.       

This article was first published in Garden Design July/August 2012

Botanic Notables: Banksia

July 22, 2011
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Ash and warm winds from an approaching fire are a death knell for many plants, but others have evolved to survive in fire-prone landscapes. Some of these, such as the beautiful flowering shrubs and trees of the genus Banksia, are adapted to even thrive in wildfires. 

Banksia ingtegrifolia