For the last few months I’ve been searching everywhere for good deals on plants for all this landscaping we have to do.
It hasn’t been easy because:
1. the DRP insists on us planting huge pot sizes
2. we need large quantities of the same kind of plant for our hedge
3. we don’t want to have to sell a kidney to pay for it.
When we hear that Flower Power is having a big sale we decide to go in there and have a look at what’s on offer.
We make three separate trips to Flower Power in two days. Each time we walk back out within an hour, exasperated at having to try and find specific plants. And it was so hot to stand out in the sun! See, nurseries are fantastic places to browse. If you’re looking for specific plants it’s a nightmare!
In the end we go home and print off all the plants we’re allowed to plant and take them to a man at Flower Power. He is very helpful and tells us which ones they stock, where they are and a little bit of information about the plants. In the end, I could kiss this man with gratitude.
He tells us a few handy things:
1. 45L pot sizes are very hard to come across because they are expensive and hard to sell. Most places will only stock smaller sizes, 250-300 mm diameter pots. 45L pots are about 450 mm.
2. If we plant the 250 mm pot size trees in a larger pot right now they will probably grow fast and reach the larger size fairly quickly. We will get a whole growing season in before we need to have the DRP come and measure them up.
3. Some of the plants on our list are only available certain times of the year. An example is the NSW Christmas Bush. Its only available just before Christmas and they won’t be getting anymore in until next Christmas (which will be too late for us).
4. The natives are on sale right now and if we ask for a quote for the hedge plants they might even be able to get them for the current sale price.
We end up deciding to buy all the trees we need, as well as some shrubs and grasses. Probably should have taken James’ car instead of mine.
Here is what we got:
The Lilly Pilly is in a 250 mm pot and cost us $10 (on sale from $39.99). It’s currently 1.5 m tall. The NSW Christmas Bush are in 250 mm pot sizes and cost us $55.99 each (on sale from 69.99). They range in height from 1.1-1.2 m. All five of these trees need to be 45L pot sizes to satisfy the DRP so we’re going to have a go at growing them a bit bigger while we wait for the house to be built. We went to the Reject Shop, brought some cheap large pots ($6 each), got some native soil mix from Bunnings, and we’re replanting them into those. Fingers crossed they grow fast and the DRP doesn’t take any money off us as punishment for being too small.
Here is a picture of a re-potted plant (the big one) next to the original. The bricks are to help with drainage until we can get an empty pallet to put them on.
The Warratahs are 140 mm pot sizes and are also too small for the DRP (need to be 200 mm). So, we planted them into the empty 250 mm pots from the trees. They cost us $22.99 each and were not on sale.
The Correa ‘Dusky Bells’ are 200 mm pot sizes and are actually too big for the DRP! They only need to be 150 mm. We will keep an eye on these ones and if they look a bit sick we will pick up some slightly larger pots and plant them out. They cost $15.99, on sale from $19.99. They only had 3 but we need 11 so we have to track down a few more.
The Purple Fountain Grass is 140 mm pot size and that’s the right size for DRP. Again, we will keep an eye out and hopefully don’t need to plant them out. They cost $6.39. I thought we were buying them at 2 for $14.50 but obviously not. Now I’m not sure what the full price is! We brought 1 too many but that’s ok.
We still need to get hold of 116 hedge plants, another 8 Correa ‘Dusky Bells’ and 41 ground covers. At least we’ve made a good start and so far it’s been fairly cheap.
Fingers crossed the trees grow big and strong and we don’t kill anything. Neither one of us have much of a green thumb…