Four new grevilleas developed in Kings Park and Botanic Garden will hit garden centres in WA for the first time this February, thanks to the park’s successful plant development program.

New Raspberry Dream grevillea. Photo: D. Growns.View image slideshow

The new grevillea cultivars have long flowering periods and brilliant colours from orange and red to deep pink.

The plants have been developed in Kings Park and provided under licence to local commercial nurseries. The benefits of the plant development program are two-fold, with more hardy ornamental native plants available to customers and a percentage of profits returned to Kings Park.

Kimberley Moon, Tangerine Dream, Pink Profusion and Raspberry Dream will be available from reputable nurseries and Friends of Kings Park plant sales.

The new grevilleas not only look spectacular but are good for the environment and easy to grow according to Kings Park’s senior plant breeder Digby Growns.

‘We want more people to grow WA plants in their home gardens. Our view is that by growing plants adapted to our environment, they will use less water, less fertiliser, provide habitat for native fauna and celebrate our unique sense of place,’ explains Digby.

Creating these cultivars requires patience and the unique expertise of Kings Park’s plant breeding experts, with each new cultivar taking up to seven years to develop.

These four new grevilleas add to the suite of spectacular Kings Park releases in this iconic plant group that also include Grevillea ‘RSL Spirit of ANZAC’, Red Coral, Scarlet Moon, Honey Moon and Outback Sunrise.

The Kings Park breeding program is currently focussed on iconic WA plant genera including kangaroo paws, wax flowers, boronia, flowering gums and grevilleas.

The Kimberley Moon grevillea can provide habitat for native fauna. Photo: D. Growns. Newly released Kimberley Moon grevillea from Kings Park's plant development team. Photo: D. Growns. The spectacular Tangerine Dream grevillea is easy to grow at home and uses less water and fertiliser. Photo: D. Growns. Brilliant colours of the newly released Tangerine Dream grevillea. Photo: D. Growns. Vibrant newly released Pink profusion grevillea. Photo: D. Growns.

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