Plant to save the bees

We need bees.

Every year 20th May is World Bee Day which raises the awareness and importance of bees and beekeeping, and this past year has perhaps more than any before it thrown into stark contrast the true value of our tiny pollinators.

Bees, along with butterflies, birds, bats and small marsupials are all considered ‘pollinators’, helping to facilitate the development of seeds and fruit in a wide variety of plants around the world. This is particularly instrumental to the agriculture industry, as pollinators benefit agricultural production of both the crops that we eat and the plants that are consumed by farmed animals. A healthy bee population is one way to ensure ongoing food security.

Furthermore, bees are essential to the overall health and sustainability of the ecosystem. By pollinating, they indirectly help to reduce climate change, purify air and water, build soil and recycle nutrients.

COVID-19 has created significant interruption in our supply chains, with the public panic-buying everything from food to toilet paper. A result of which, saw many people turn to DIY gardening in order to continue their access to basic fruits, herbs and vegetables. This in turn, resulted in seedling sales of unprecedented volumes – so much so, that the greenlife industry initially struggled to keep up with demand.

There are 20,000 species of bees, and attracting native bees to your area is easiest with native plants. Native bees do not travel as far as European honeybees, and so they rely upon more local sources of nectar. This can improve and expand their habitats while providing nesting materials. Doing so also helps to protect the biodiversity of indigenous flora and fauna in your area.

Perhaps the most obvious native plant choice is the humble Gum tree. The prolific blossoms produced by Eucalypts are highly attractive to native bees and can help to guide them towards other flowering shrubs and plants in your area. Mature Eucalyptus trees are also an important source of resin for some bee species. Similarly, native bees will flock towards Leptospermum or Tea Trees, whose dense growth habit and high volume of flowers attract and support a range of pollinators. Acacia (or Wattle) and Banksia also are fantastic plant groups to use as their flowers are packed with pollen.

Callistemon or Bottlebrush, are hardy shrubs producing an abundance of bright nectar and pollen-rich flowers that are attractive to a wide range of native bee and bird species. They are ideal as hedges, screening shrubs or street trees. Westringia or Coastal Rosemary are another hardy hedging shrub which flowers almost year-round and is attractive to long-tongued bee species. Grevillea or Spider Flower are also long-flowering shrubs which make a great focal plant, and their unique blooms produce large amounts of nectar attracting native birds and bees alike.

Viburnums have long been a popular flowering landscape shrub and are available in a wide range of cultivars. Another understory plant that is popular with pollinators is Melaleuca also known as Honey Myrtle. Different varieties range in size, offering shrub to small tree options and their abundant brush-like flowers support numerous native pollinators. Hardenbergia or Native Wisteria vines work well as either a climber or ground cover in most garden designs, providing habitats for ground-nesting bees, and their vibrant purple blooms attract both native birds and bees alike.

For a more varied garden design, consider also attracting bees by planting seedlings which produce both edibles and flowers, such as Borage, Lavender, Strawberries and Creeping Thyme. Interspersing pollinator-attracting plants amongst existing greenlife is tremendously beneficial across the entire landscape design, encouraging more growth.

Help to save the bees by planting more wildlife attracting plants. Explore these in our online plant library.

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Start your greenlife career with us. We are now hiring.

A career in the greenlife industry means you will meaningfully contribute to creating liveable cities, healthy environments and protecting the future of food security in Australia.

Benara Nurseries are currently seeking part time nursery team members to join us at our wholesale production nursery Carabooda location.

We are looking for self-motivated hands on people who have a positive attitude, who are fit and reliable. We have one area with positions vacant;

Maintenance crew – full and part time

  • 7am till 3:30pm
  • Also can suit parents for part time roles with school kids
  • Maintaining our nursery stock, weeding, staking, pruning
  • Tractor operation for some personal

These roles have the opportunity for future job progression in the horticultural industry, and for enthusiastic and motivated team members future opportunities to join our apprenticeship program. A career path in Horticulture is only limited by your interests and motivation, there are many learning pathways that be can taken.

Check out this industry overview here.

Successful applicants will also require a pair of steel capped safety boots. All other PPE (personal protective equipment) is provided.

Please note we are located in Carabooda, there is no public transport to our site.

For more information or to apply, please email a resume (word doc or PDF format preferable) to jobs@benara.com.au

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Perfect Pathways - Lawn Alternatives

Perfect Pathways, Lawn alternatives, planting blocks.

Discover our new release Perfect Pathways plant blocks! This range consists of lawn alternatives suitable for low–traffic which have been grown in block trays to make planting quick and easy and provide instant impact. These plants are perfect for filling the gaps between pavers. They are low-maintenance, with no mowing required, and are spreading ground covers which can be cut into sections, strips or laid end to end for an instant lawn alternative.

Dichondra repens

Dichondra is an excellent ground cover and will spread by putting its’ own roots where each node meets the soil, making it an ideal lawn substitute in cooler areas of Australia or in small and partly shaded gardens.

 

Chamomile Roman

A ground cover with cute yellow/white flowers with an aroma of apple. Ideal for dappled or semi shade areas in the afternoon. Aromatic foliage and pretty daisy flowers can be kept neat and tidy with a whipper snipper.

 

Mint Pennyroyal

A spreading mint, great as lawn sub. Forms a dense matting ground cover that release a strong spearmint aroma when walked on. Good to keep insects at bay.

 

Sagina Green

Forms a dense moss-like coverage with white flowers. Ground hugging emerald green moss, beautiful velvety feel making a luxurious carpet under foot.

 

Thyme Creeping

Spreading thyme with masses of mauve coloured flowers. Dense prostrate low growing ground cover with masses of pink flowers in spring. Perfect for filling spots between pathways. Highly fragrant foliage when crushed. Available online and in the Trademart now.

 

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Kings Park Grevilleas

Kings Park is currently undergoing a plant-breeding program which breeds new varieties of plants that reflect the nature of Western Australian flora. Their new grevilleas include the 'moon series' (Karijini Moon, Kimberly Moon, Scarlet Moon, Honey Moon), the 'dream series' (Aphrodite's Dream, Gelato Dream, Raspberry Dream and Tangerine Dream) and Outback Sunrise

The new grevilleas feature prolonged flowering periods in brilliant colors from yellow through to red. 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. Their unique toothbrush blooms make for an ideal feature plant in native, waterwise and rockery gardens or in landscapes where they will attract birds to the area.

 

Once established, grevilleas respond well to pruning which helps to maintain the desired shape. They require full sun and well drained soil, and work well in mixed garden beds. Fertilise yearly with a slow release native fertiliser. 

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Revegetation at Benara Nurseries

Benara Nurseries are passionate about rebuilding our natural habitat which has led them to create a specialist native department with the experience and knowledge to propagate and produce the highest quality native tube stock for revegetation and landscaping projects suitable for environments covering metro and regional areas including; coastal areas, wetland and river restoration, coastal plain woodlands, Perth hills, pine forest post-harvest rehabilitation, and reclaimed farmland.

Answering needs that are both technical and aesthetic, our experienced propagator has the ability to produce most swan coastal plain species and beyond. Our expert horticulturists are able to grow smaller, provenance specific revegetation stock through to large scale volume growing contracts.

Revegetation stock is always more adaptable if grown from seed, we strive to break the dormancy and solve the secrets of those hard to grow species that have such a high value for the rehabilitation of native bush land.

To continue to advance and develop growing of the finest quality best value plants, the ability to innovate is critical. Through consultation and collaboration with key staff, industry specialists and calling on the wealth of knowledge and experience from senior generations, we continue to improve our efficiency and systems to ensure the most suitable plants are supplied.

Contact our team today to learn more.

Revegetation at Benara Nurseries

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Introducing The Queen Lavender

Lavender The Queen (PBR) is an exceptional showpiece to have in any garden. The superior volume of darkest-pink gigantic wings at the tips of the flower spikes is definitely a 'crowning' glory! The flower heads are two-toned, deep burgundy heads with lilac bracts, and will repeat flower after the initial spring flush.

The masses of flowers are supported by the compact plant of nicely contrasting grey-green foliage. This beautiful Queen of Lavenders, when planted in stately pots in courtyards, as a border around raised beds or along driveways will add a real elegance to any home. Also great as mass plantings. Perfect for cottage gardens this sure-fire winner is both cold and heat hardy.

Ideal in rockeries for that added long-lasting colour and a great addition in those sometimes difficult coastal areas. Removal of spent flowers will encourage further displays. Lavender The Queen will tolerate dry periods but appreciates a good soaking if those are extended periods.

Introducing The Queen Lavender

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