Gardening with Phyl Boyce

Gardening: Make a clean sweep with a bottlebrush
Callistemon (Bottlebrush) makes an excellent evergreen garden plant, it has so many positive features. It is a plant that should be flowering in most gardens by now. However the recent harsh winters has taken its toll, many bottlebrushes have died, ours have survived and are flowering now. It is a plant that is grown for its fine arching habit and above all the beautiful coloured bottlebrush flowers which appear against the darker background of its narrow leaves. The plant gets its common name from the bristle-like flowers that look like old-fashioned bottlebrushes. The flower consists of a mass of stamens rather than the colourful petals found in most flowers. The tips of the stamens can be coloured yellow.

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