Issue #13 August 2016
No Substitute!

In this issue of the Ozbreed Landscape News we cover some important subjects, including the substitution of plant varieties in landscapes, successful planting in bio-retention swales and basins, and information on varieties of disease tolerant plants.

Amy Gilson.
I'm Just a Substitute
Particular plants are often specified for gardens or landscapes, sometimes, for whatever reason, these selections are substituted for another plant of generally similar appearance. Some substitutions will be ok, but more often than not, these substitutions will fail.

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Greenlife for Bio-retention Swales and Basins

In recent years we have seen an increase in the use of Bio-retention swales and basins. Unfortunately the vegetation chosen for these swales and basins often fails in the short and long term due to poor species selection and erosion. So how do you achieve long term success in these harsh conditions?

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Mass Planting Techniques

Large areas of green space are essential to our urban environment, with the contract landscaping of these areas often being very competitive. Here we have some hints on how to get better results when planting large areas of plants and turf.

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Our Top 10 Erosion Control Plants for the ACT

Here we have listed our Top 10 plants for Erosion Control in the ACT.

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Disease Tolerant Plants

Diseases such as root rot, rust, powdery mildew, black spot, and many more others can make any landscape to look bad, or worse, cause large scale die-back.

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Sungold™ Lomandra longifolia
'LMV100' PBR

This Lomandra has beautiful subtle golden variegated foliage that provides excellent contrast. It is suitable for large no irrigation projects, or for low maintenance gardens. The Sungold™ plant is drought and frost tolerant and is very low maintenance.
The Revelation® plant is a drought and frost tolerant Dianella with cleaner blue green foliage. Once established it can survive on natural rainfall, making it ideal for commercial or residential mass planting.
New Dietes that rarely, if ever, produce seed
Dietes bicolor are one of the toughest landscape plants available in Australia, but the fact that they regenerate from seed has seen their popularity decline. The Fine Divine™ plant has solved this problem with lower pollen production, meaning it rarely, if ever, seeds. It also has a finer leaf and more compact form, meaning it requires very little maintenance.
Dietes grandiflora is another one of the toughest and most beautiful landscape plants available in Australia, but again, its ability to produce a lot of seed is a downside. Grand Star™ Dietes has a very low pollen count compared to the common form, and rarely, if ever produces viable seed. This safer exotic is enabling landscape professional to use one of the toughest and prettiest landscape plants without the worry of it seeding everywhere.
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