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5 spring planting ideas for your Bunbury garden

By Kevin Kelly

If you're lucky enough to own or rent a property in Bunbury with a garden, then it's time to start planning for spring. As the weather improves, you're bound to want to get planting, but the question is, what? Here are a few suggestions for flowers that are suited to life in Western Australia (WA), and guaranteed to give your garden a burst of colour.

1. Centranthus

This popular ornamental plant will add a dash of bright red or pink to your garden. As a perennial, you will get joy out of centranthus plants for a long time, and their tenacious nature means they're likely to occupy areas of your garden which might not be suited to other species.

2. Blue tongue

An Australian native, blue tongue is a small shrub/tree that will grow to roughly one metre tall. Despite what its name suggests, the flowers produced by blue tongue are in fact pinky-purple in colour, with occasional rarer examples of white.

With a preference for moist, and even boggy soils, blue tongue can make a great addition to hedges and borders in your garden.

3. Coreopsis

For something a bit more dazzling, you may want to go for coreopsis. One perhaps for later in spring or, even into summer, coreopsis flowers prefer full sun, and produce a bright yellow flower to match.  

These plants have the added benefit of being relatively low maintenance, and are guaranteed head turner for anyone passing your garden.

4. Bacon and eggs

Yep, you read that right. Unfortunately this plant doesn't produce your favourite breakfast foods, but is in fact a rather beautiful species originating from WA itself.

Otherwise known as eutaxia parvifolia, the flowers on bacon and eggs contain a mixture of yellows, oranges and reds, and this is another species equipped to deal with the WA climate, even when it really heats up.

5. Brown Boronia

Another Aussie native, brown boronias have a reputation for their sweet smell. Beware, however, as this species is not the easiest to garden. They don't like having their roots dry out, so soil moistening techniques such as mulching are a good idea, and regular pruning is also beneficial. 

6. Petunia 

Whilst actually a native of Argentina, petunias are a favourite the world over for one simple reason – their beauty.  

Despite their soft-sounding name, petunias are actually surprisingly hardy plants, though you should try to position them where they're likely to get maximum sunlight. With regular attention, you can expect petunias to liven up your garden all year-round.

Hopefully these suggestions have got your green thumbs itching to get back in the garden. If you're looking to do up your outdoor areas before selling your property, or for any other real estate advice, get in touch with the team at Ray White Bunbury today. 

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