Expect to see some splashes of colour soon!
We're pleased to confirm that the plants for the Ngatea mainstreet flower beds have all arrived and the Parks team will making a start on planting them this week. It should take about a week and a half to get them all in, depending on the weather.
The range of plants are:
Callistemon Little John
Are these native plants?
The answer to that is no, and for good reasons.
The flower beds sit on top of compacted gravel, which is part of the road structure, so they are only about 40 centimetres deep and can only support shallow root systems. They are also surrounded by asphalt (road) on one side and concrete (footpath) on the other. Temperatures from those two surfaces can make the environment too hot for native plants to thrive. And being on a State Highway, they have to be almost maintenance free and extremely hardy so there is minimal disruption to traffic when maintenance is required.
The roses and crape myrtle were chosen as they add colour for a good part of the year. The roses will flower for about 9 months and the crape myrtle will give 90-120 days of flowering colour in late summer and autumn leaf colour after that.
Is it crepe or crape?
There's two acceptable spellings of this plant name - in the southern states of America, it's know as Crepe Myrtle, as the flowers look like crepe paper, but the English spelling is more commonly Crape Myrtle, after its Latin name Lagerstoemia Crape Myrtle. Apparently gardeners all over the world still debate on which one is correct, (just in case you're asked!).