The Grevilleas are a member of a diverse family called Proteaceae, named after the God of many Forms in Greek mythology. Their leaves may be broad, needle or fern like or many shapes in between. The flowers in their arrangements from ‘spider, toothbrush to bottle brush’ and in colour through every hue from white to black. Most Grevilleas have long flowering periods with some being in bloom all year. They are the most valuable plants for attracting honey-eating birds to the garden. Grevilleas need sun and regular pruning will prolong their life & shape. Fertilizers with a high content of phosphorous should be avoided. Some additional water in dry times is beneficial. The predominant varieties grown in Queensland gardens are the so-called ‘tropical forms’ which all have large cylindrical flowers.
New varieties appear constantly and serious breeding is now in progress to discover a suitable specimen for the cut flower trade. Many Western Australian species are being grafted onto local rootstock to increase the varieties even more. The rootstock needs to be checked for suckers at the base. They must be removed or they will dominate the plant. Some Grevilleas are shallow rooted and not particularly useful for windbreaks.
Attractive spreading ground cover with Bright Yellow Spider flowers in spring. Hardy in most sunny well drained situations.
Spread to 1.5m
Dense groundcover with beautiful bronze new growth and LARGE DARK PINK FLOWERS during summer and autumn. Best in full sum in most reasonable soil.
A variable compact shrub for average soil in a sunny position. Many clusters of pendulous red/white spider flowers in winter/spring. Grafted for extra hardiness.
Height 1.5m Width 1m
Small to medium, erect, shrub with dark green, holly-like leaves is found in northern parts of N.T. Long racemes of Bird attracting Orange flowers from April to June. Requires an open sunny situation and free drainage.
Grevillea ‘Amber Blaze’ is a dense spreading shrub with fine bronzy new growth which contrasts beautifully with the grey-green older foliage. Flowering for most of the year the display of large deep orange flowers is stunning.
Grows well in sun or part shade and being grafted onto Silky Oak will tolerate most soil conditions.
Height 1 to 1.5 metres
An evergreen shrub with green foliage. Masses of Apricot Pink, bird attracting flowers during winter and spring. Prune to form a thick shrub. Hardy in most soils in full sun.
Height 2m Spread 2m
A bushy tree for moist well drained soils. Masses of white, highly scented flowers in slender racemes in summer. Hardy and fast growing. Underside of leaves are a glistening gold. Occurs in rainforests colonising its fringes.
Height 8m Width 3m
Grevillea banksii alba
A bushy shrub for average soil in ful sun. Large white cylindrical flowers most of the year. Will tolerate exposed sea-side position. Grey/green foliage. Seed grown plants.
Height 3m Width 2m
A tall hardy shrub for average soil in full sun. Deep red cylindrical flower racemes in spring attracting honey eating birds. Dark green lobed leaves contrast well with the flowers.
Height 5m Width 2m
Grevillea banksii prostrate red
A vigorous, hardy ground cover or procumbent shrub for average to well drained soils.Large red cylindrical flowers most of the year. Useful for exposed sea side gardens.
Height 75cm Width 4-5m
Medium shrub with Pink toothbrush type flowers from late winter to summer. Requires a sunny well drained situation. Benefits from pruning.
Spread to 2m
A procumbent shrub for average soils in full sun. Many red flowers in umbel-like clusters in winter and spring. The leaves are glossy and elliptical with blunt ends. The new foliage is red to bronze. Frost hardy.
Height 1m Width 1m
A bushy shrub for average soil in ful sun. Dark red to almost black tooth brush flowers are followed by grey, striped seed pods. Soft, deeply lobed dark grey leaves are a feature. Grafted for extra hardiness.
Height 1.5m Width 2m
A low shrub for average soils in a sunny position. Metallic pink flowers most of the year attract many honey eaters. G.'Billy Bonkers' is grafted onto G. robusta for extra hardiness.
Height 1.5 Width 3m
A bushy shrub for average soil in sun. Large flame red spider flowers on the top of branches in winter and spring. Grafted for extra hardiness. Useful for a hedge.
Height 2m Width 1.5m
Most attractive hardy, spreading shrub with deep Crimson, bird attracting toothbrush flowers all year. Requires a sunny, well drained situation.
Dense prostrate plant for well drained soils. Masses of dark red flowers in spring and deeply lobed leaves. Vigorous plant attracting honey eating birds.
Height 75cm Width 5m
Fast growing, bushy shrub with light green, fern-like leaves. New growth is Bronze-Brown. Burgundy toothbrush flowers most of the year. Hardy in most well-drained soils in full sun. Frost hardy.
Height 2m Spread 2-3m
(Hybrid G.banksii ‘Forsters’ x G.whiteana)
Large shrub with silvery-green foliage. Pale pink with ivory-white styles, Bird attracting flowers all year. Excellent for cut-flowers. Hardy in most, well-drained soils in full sun. Benefits from regular pruning.
Small shrub with light green leaves on arching branches. Bird attracting Pale Yellow flowers from winter to autumn. Best in full sun in a well-drained soil. Benefits from regular pruning.
Attractive, bushy shrub with divided grey-green leaves. It bears cylindrical spikes of large Pink bird attracting flowers Winter and Spring. Very hardy in most situations. Excellent sea-side plant.
'Form of G. banksii'
Attractive, bushy shrub with divided grey-green leaves. It bears cylindrical spikes of large, white bird-attracting flowers winter and Spring. Very hardy in most situations. Excellent sea-side plant.
(Hybrid G. lanigera x lavendulacea ‘Fruity’)
Dense, compact small shrub bearing clusters of Bird attracting, Waxy Red spider flowers in winter and spring. Requires a sunny, well drained situation.
(G. barklyana x G. asplenifolia)
Medium size vigorous shrub with deep Pink bird attracting toothbrush flowers most of the year. Hardy in most well drained situations, full to part shade.
Height 3m Spread 3m
A bushy shrub for well drained soil in a sunny position. Large apricot flower racemes all year. Benefits from pruning. It comes from the same stable as G. superb.
Height 2m Width 1.5m
A vigorous ground cover suitable for average to well drained soils in full sun which will cover the ground densly and flowers with many 10 to 20 cm long orange/yellow flowers in summer and autumn.
Height 20cm Width 3m
A low spreading Ground-Covering plant with Copper coloured divided foliage and bronze new growth. Pink Toothbrush flowers bloom most of the year. Grows easily in climates ranging from cool temperature to sub tropical. Full sun or Light shade is suitable. Will tolerate Frost.
Formerly known as G. biternata, G.curviloba 'Flatjack' is a vigorous groundcover useful along the coast. Masses of scented flowers occur in spring. Frost hardy.
(Syn. G. goodii ssp. decora)
Medium to tall shrub with large, dull green leaves. Large, dull Red, bird attracting flowers on long racemes from May to October. Plants have an open habit, but can be improved by pruning. Fast growing. Requires a well-drained, sunny situation. Tolerates mild frost.
An attractive medium sized rounded shrub. Prolific Orange-red flowers most of the year. Nectar Feeding Bird attracting. Will grow in part shade or full sun. Grows best in well drained soils.
Height 1.5m Width 1.5m
Watermelon Pink Form
Erect shrub with finely divided lime green leaves. Watermelon Pink flower head up to 45cm long are carried clear of the plant from Februar to June. Requires good drainage and full sun. Not always hardy but well worth trying.
Height to 1.5m
Spread to 1m
Erect shrub with finely divided lime green leaves. Red flower head up to 45cm long are carried clear of the plant from February to June. Requires good drainage and full sun. Not always hardy but well worth trying.
Height to 1.5m
Spread to 1m
A tall shrub for average soil in full sun. Many orange/red spider flowers most of the year. Makes an outstanding specimen and visual break in the garden attracting numerous honey eating birds. Grafted for extra hardiness.
Height 3m Width 2m
A procumbent shrub for well drained soil in full sun. Many red spider flowers most of the year attracting honey eating birds. Frost hardy.
Height 1m Width 2m
(G. buxifolia x G. lavendulacea)
Dense shrub with woolly Pink-Grey flower heads most of the year. Hardy in most sunny, well-drained situations. Benefits from pruning.
Height 2m Spread 1.5m