We recently ran a competition on our FaceBook page to find Australia’s most loved plants. We had some beautiful entries, with some very heartfelt reasons why those plants were favourites. While it was very difficult to choose a winner, the number one favourite plant is Sharon Monaghan’s Heliconias, pictured above.
“I absolutely love my Heliconias. They are so striking, beautiful, easy to propagate and come in so many different varieties. I have loads of different ones in our tropical paradise in Clontarf, Brisbane.”
Below are our top ten entries. Thank you to all those who participated.
Pauline Jean Maczkowiack
“I love my slipper orchids because they have been handed down to me from my 96-year-old father who is still growing them. He taught me to separate and re-pot them with Don Burke’s special recipe mix. Only liquid chicken fertiliser and seaweed solution. I have many pots of them now due to dad training me in the love of orchids.”
“Love these Hippeastrums which bloom every spring in our garden. These are larger than the ones I’ve seen. Each flower is perfectly formed and larger than my outstretched hand. They make a striking display and I’ve also raised some from this plant from seed. They grow fairly slowly and so this requires patience and dedication, but this has given me so much joy.”
“The humble artichoke… particularly if left to bloom. I love that it can be food, alcohol (cynar), medicinal, or flower.”
“The perfume from my ‘Mr Lincoln’ rose is like no other. It reminds me of summer nights. The petal formations are perfect and even sweeter with some raindrops. My Dad, who would be 100 now, loved his roses. Every time it blooms I think of Dad who passed away 31 years ago.”
“Bromeliads are my absolute favourite due to the low maintenance and stunning colours, not to mention the pups popping up all the time!”
“I love the Flame Lily or Gloriosa Superba. It hails from my birthplace, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and is an attractive and unusual climbing addition to a garden, bringing a bright, fresh burst of flame red flowers, fringed with golden yellow, amoungst a sea of lush emerald foliage.”
“My Brugmansia or Angels Trumpet is forever in flower. I can train it to be a shrub, potted plant or tree. So many colours and sizes but best of all my love is the fragrance that envelopes my home every evening. Heavenly smell. Its also very easy to propagate.”
“My Agonis Burgundy……love it, beautiful colour, a gentle weeping habit, just love it…it makes me feel happy.”
“Japanese cut leaf maples are my favourite as they are forever changing, from when the new buds burst in spring to reveal the deep red foliage, then turning green. Then autumn comes and in all its splendour changes from yellow to fire red.”
“My jalepeno pepper plant is my favourite. It has tons of peppers and allows me to make recipes that remind me of home.”