Banksia media is a very handsome native shrub that is quite dense and has dark green serrated edge leaves. Its main feature however are the spectacular, golden yellow, terminal flowers that are 150mm long by 70-90mm diameter. They are cylindrical in shape and quite probably the best looking of all banksias.
Clematis are perfect for adding colour and charm to an informal garden setting. There are so many hybrids to chose from now - here's a really fancy one is called Crystal Fountain Fairy Blue that have 10cm wide blooms in late spring and again in late summer.
Dahlia Ball group: The Dahlia Ball Group are delightful perennial plants that produce full double blooms that are made up of multiple shell shaped petals that cluster together tightly to produce a smooth ball shape. They come in a variety of colours and sizes though this group is generally smaller than others. They make excellent bedding plants and cut flowers.
Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri or the Easter Cactus is a fascinating and at times beautiful succulent that has loose jointed, flattened stems that have a gentle scalloped margin and arch gracefully outward and downward. In spring it produces a spectacular display of scarlet funnel shaped flowers at the tips and stem joints. A perfect indoor plant that is easy to keep and even better in outdoor hanging baskets.
Gazania hybrids: A clump forming annual that creates a carpet of long leaved, deeply lobed, slivery grey foliage over which short stems bear open faced daisy type flowers. The flowers often have contrasting stripes or spots to make them even more arresting. They need full sun and will close-up temporarily when the clouds come over or when it rains. Spectacular on rockeries and like coastal conditions.
Catananche caerulea or Cupid's Dart has narrow leaves radiating from a root crown making this part of the plant similar to a dandelion - but the flowerhead, held on a long thin stalk is quite different. The petals are broad and flat, usually rich lavender/blue and have serrated edges - making them look a little like cornflowers. There are also white cultivars available. These are very cottage garden type flowers and also go very well in amongst grasses.