Revegetation for healthy waterways

​​​​​One of the biggest impacts on a healthy waterway system is salinity. Salinity is salt in soil or water and is produced by either natural processes, such as weathering of rocks or wind and rain depositing salt over thousands of years, or by widespread land clearing and altered land use. Excessive salinity can affect significantly affect agriculture, drinking water supplies and ecosystem health for both rural and urban communities.

Managing salinity typically requires diverting saline groundwater to evaporation basins; maintaining the health of wetlands; planting crops that reduce drainage; and restoring vegetation cover with appropriate native species.

Native plants do more than just improve soil and water quality. They are essential to the health of the ecosystem and overall biodiversity, expanding existing microhabitats for native fauna, providing food sources and nesting materials.

Our passion for rebuilding our natural habitat led us to create a specialist native revegetation department.

Our experienced and knowledgeable team propagate and produce the highest quality native tube stock for revegetation and landscaping projects across metro and regional areas – including those combating high salinity.

This includes mass producing wetland reeds and sedges such as Baumea articulata, Baumea juncea (Bare Twig Rush), Baumea preissii (Soft Twig Rush) or Baumea rubiginosa; Bolboschoenus caldwellii (Marsh Club Rush); Juncus pallidus (Pale Rush) and Schoenoplectus Validus (Lake Club Rush). These plants are typically found in dams, swamps, lakes, creeks and on the edge of brackish water in coastal rivers and lagoons. They spread along the water’s edge, providing habitat for native water birds, frogs, insects and small fish.

These wetland species are ideal for cleansing the soil and water in an affected area. An example of their use is the highly successful Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary in Bayswater WA. This urban wetland’s rehabilitation project aimed to combat high levels of nutrients and heavy metals, and dissolved oxygen levels.

Completed between 2014-2015, the project included 170,000 native plants across the above reed species as well as tree and shrub planting. The Sanctuary is today a thriving community and environmental asset, home to a wide variety of native fauna, namely birds and frogs.

Explore our online plant library to discover wetland suitable plants.

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How to: Succulent bowls

Creating a succulent bowl is easy, whilst curating a stunning gift line of them is a little more exciting.

Our wide range of planter bowls – available both online and at our Trademarts – means that your selection of gift ready succulent bowls can be as small or as large as you’d like! Choose bowls from within several style ranges including urban lightweight, modern concrete or traditional terracotta.

Planting a succulent bowl is fairly straightforward. Begin with a good quality potting mix, and because succulents grow best when not sitting in wet soil, look for a mix that incorporates sand to facilitate better drainage. Create holes in the soil and position your chosen succulents before watering them in thoroughly to help eliminate air pockets around their roots. Once planted, succulents prefer being watered whenever the soil feels dry to touch.

To really nail the perfect succulent bowl, experiment with a variety of different heights, colours, textures and shapes to craft a truly unique look. Go big and bold with Kalanchoe Flap Jacks or an Echeveria such as Morning Beauty, Chocolate and Pearl von Nuremberg.

 

Make colour the hero of your succulent bowls with standout plants that grab focus like Aloe Aloes, available in bright yellow, vibrant orange, rich red and light pink. Generate smaller pops of colour with Portulaca Sundials, or produce unusual colour without using flowers by planting Senecio Blue Chalk Sticks, Crassula Campfire and Calico Kitten, or the quirky lines of Peperomia Gravolens.

Fill the edges of the bowl with the rope-like shapes of Sedum Burrito and Jelly Beans, or opt for trailing plants. Delicate options such as Ceropegia Chain of Hearts and Senecio String of Pearls will soften the edges of the bowl, or use robust lines from Dichondra Silver Falls to cover more of the outside of the bowl.

 

As an optional extra, finish off your succulent bowls by filling in any gaps with a light layer of small stones.

Because of their adaptable size, succulent bowls are ideal for either bespoke indoor gifts or spectacular landscape features.

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Growing Kangaroo Paws

Achieve the Australiana look with Anigozanthos, also known as Kangaroo Paw. Available in a wide variety of colours, shapes and growth habits, these iconic flowering plants originate from south-western Western Australia. They are now found widely throughout the southwest of Western Australia, in the north around Geraldton and on the Swan Coastal Plain near Perth.

Of the 12 species 11 are from the Anigozanthos genus. These are Anigozanthos flavidus and have a taller growth habit than some of the dwarf varieties. The 12th is particularly distinctive, coming from the Macropidia genus and known as the Black Kangaroo Paw because of its black and green flowers. This is the Macropidia fuliginosa.

The native perennial plants are low shrubs and have a strappy, grass-like growth habit, with long, slender stems ending in sprays of unusual finger-like flowers covered in fine velvety hairs and tiny claw-shaped tips. The result is iconic plants that represent the paws of one of Australia’s national fauna symbols.

Perhaps the most popular variety grown in the West is the Anigozanthos manglesii – the floral emblem of WA since November 1960. It’s red and green flowers are instantly recognisable to sandgropers who enjoy planting local species as well as to other gardeners around the world.

Kangaroo Paw flowers typically bloom in Spring and Summer and come in an extensive range of colours from the vivid green of Anigozanthos viridis through yellow, orange, red and pink to purple. Most offer a single, vibrant colour such as the intense pink of Anigozanthos Bush Pearl (PBR), while some are multi-coloured, as in the case of Kings Park Royale (PBR), which was bred by the team at Kings Park Botanical Gardens to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends of Kings Park.

 

The unique, nectar-rich flowers will attract wildlife, particularly bees and native birds such as Honeyeaters, and make great cut flowers for bouquets as they retain their colour well.

For those chasing a lot of colour, the Anigozanthos Bush Gems are a spectacular, versatile range of waterwise, easy care hybrid plants that offer profuse flowering in an assortment of growth heights. They add interest to all garden and landscape designs either as a potted feature or planted en-masse.

The colouring of Kangaroo Paw flowers can also be affected by weather and light conditions, with cooler summer temperatures intensifying the flower colour.

 

Anigozanthos are hardy, low maintenance plants that grow quicky and are ideal in native landscape designs, rockery or waterwise gardens, as well as thriving in feature containers. They do best in slightly acidic soils with good drainage and full sun exposure.

Learn more about these and other Anigozanthos varieties in our online plant library.

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Understanding plant breeder's rights

Ever seen a plant name followed by (PVR) or (PBR), and wondered what this meant?

Plant Breeder's Rights (or PBR) [formerly known as Plant Variety Rights (or PVR) in Australia] gives plant breeders the ownership of a newly-bred plant variety for a specific period of time. This ensures the breeder has exclusive rights to produce or reproduce that plant’s material. It also prohibits others from dividing or propagating the plant for resale or commercial gain, which is illegal. 

PBRs are typically used to protect new varieties of plants that are distinct, uniform and stable, however PBR legislation also covers essentially derived varieties and farm saved seed. Breeders are encouraged to invest in bringing new plant varieties to the market, as a PBR offers protection for the breeder to recoup a return on that investment. Application, certificate and renewal fees apply to hold a PBR.

Without a PBR, plant names are also sometimes intended for protection. This is represented by either a ™ (meaning Trademark) or an ® (meaning Registered Trademark) following the name.

A trademark can be used by any person or business to indicate that particular plant name is meant to serve as an identifier for the source of that plant. Further, a registered trademark indicates that the trademark has been officially recorded for that plant.

To be registered, a trademark application must meet the legislative requirements. This process begins by submitting the application to – which is then reviewed by – the Australian Government’s agency for Intellectual Property. If approved, it will be visible in the Australian Official Journal of Trade Marks for two months, during which time third parties may oppose the intended registration. If it is unopposed, the trademark is registered. The length of the registration process can depend on the variety being grown. Similarly, the length of protection can also differ for some species.

Different combinations of IP rights can be used to add value to a single plant variety. For example, trademarks are most commonly used in conjunction with PBRs, such as in the case of Westringia 'WES03' Blue Gem™ or Lomandra 'SIR5' Wingarra™.

Explore our online plant library to discover an extensive range of exclusive PBR plants.

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Plant for a blooming Easter

Instead of gifting chocolate, try capturing the essence of this festive holiday and celebrating the autumn season by spreading new life (and colour) throughout your garden.

Rejoice in Yellow

What better way to retain a little of the summer sunshine in your autumn planting, than with some bright splashes of yellow! Easter time is filled with yellow: new chicks, fresh eggs and golden sunsets. Yellow is typically recognized as representing positivity, happiness and friendship, so what better colour to spread along the garden beds!

The unique flowering pattern of Calibrachoa Superbells Lemon Slice is sure to impress, with striking alternating stripes of yellow and white. Calibrachoas are ideal for spilling over garden beds, hanging in baskets or growing in courtyard pots for brightening the space with a stunning display of colour. Discover the lush purple flowers of Evening Star or the pink and yellow splotched flowers of Holy Cow.

 

Comparatively, the Gazania Sahara is a hardy, ground cover producing masses of large, bright double yellow flowers throughout the year. Preferring a full sun position, it is ideal for coastal areas or rockery gardens. Another stunning, long-flowering option is the Hemerocallis stella bella, an easy to grow dwarf day lily that is low maintenance and ideal for mass planting in garden beds or potted into containers.

Go Bold with Raven

Not all colour is bright... Explore the bold, luxurious foliage of new Zamioculcas Raven, now available. The shiny, black feathered leaves of Raven remind you of the impressive large bird from which the plant derives its name. It’s this natural dark colour progression that makes for such a strong statement in any space!

Winter Flowering

Want more than just yellow? Embrace other new season seedlings, now in stock, to add pops of colour amongst your existing green life.

Plant abundant trays of Pansy Can Can, Fantasy Mix, or Regal Ruffles for masses of brilliantly coloured and fragrant flowers in a wide array of white, black, blue, purple, pink, red, peach, orange, and yellow. Preferring a full sun or partial shade position, Pansies are ideal for garden beds, borders, rockeries, containers and hanging baskets.

 

New Release

Radermachera sinica Jade Jewel is a beautiful lush plant which will be a great addition to your indoor collection. Its foliage is very attractive and quite delicate. The glossy, mid-green leaves are divided into leaflets and although similar shaped, are larger leaves than the China Doll.

Jade Jewel is fairly compact and easy to care for. Its lovely bushy upright growth can really give that jungle feel to your favourite relaxing or entertaining areas.

 

Autumn is also prime vegetable planting time - so start now to reap the rewards of delicious home-grown veggies.

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Amazing Alocasias

Commonly known as ‘Elephant Ears’ or 'African mask plant', Alocasias are rhizomatous or tuberous plants native to subtropical Asia and eastern Australia, and are increasingly becoming popular as houseplants. Not to be confused with Colocasia, the Alocasia leaf tips point up - whereas Colocasia leaves point down.

Known for their large, beautiful leaves, Alocasias are ideal for creating an exotic vibe either indoors, out on the patio or in the garden. Their oversized, lush foliage makes for a fantastic focal point, coming in an impressive array of colours, patterns and interesting shapes. 

The Alocasia wentii is known for its unique green leaves with contrasting bronze-purple undersides, while the unusual form of Alocasia Stingray has to be seen to be believed. Its leaf shape does in fact look like a Stingray, with fish-like wings and a long tail!

Even though Alocasias can grow to be a sizeable evergreen plant, dependant on species, they can still look airy and elegant thanks to tall, smooth stems that grow out of a tuber. Their stems can also be plain, striped, or display stunning contrasting colours.

The spectacularly wide, heart-shaped leaves of Alocasia macrorrhiza or ‘Giant Taro’ are huge!

By comparison Alocasia zebrina Sarian is typically a taller and more slender looking plant, with familiar arrowhead-shaped leaves. Similarly, the Alocasia lauterbachiana has stiff, tapered leaves with burgundy undersides and purple mottled stems.

Alocasias can grow rapidly, often producing a new leaf almost every week in the warm summer months.

For optimum growing conditions, they need bright, indirect light. Alocasias’ natural habitat is on the rainforest floor underneath a tree canopy, therefore they thrive amongst ferns and other shade-loving plants. Position in a partly-shaded, warm and humid part of the garden, or in a well-lit, protected spot indoors. Misting the leaves in areas of low humidity is also recommended to maintain the lush foliage.

Create an instant jungle feel by planting Alocasia under low windows, as an accent in a mixed bed, grouped in a focal area, alongside a courtyard or patio, or surrounding a palm or tree.

Learn more about these and other Alocasias in our online plant library.

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Get to know Ornamental Pears

Pyrus, or ornamental pear, is a medium-sized deciduous tree. Available in nine varieties, this attractive tree provides a stunning feature that will grace any space. Different varieties produce contrasting foliage in a range of autumnal colours that include radiant yellow, bright orange, brilliant red and deep purple; with the ‘Nivalis’ variety also transitioning through to striking silver.

Pyrus puts on an exceptional floral display in Spring, with a mass of white flowers, although the ‘Winter Glow’ and ‘Red Spire’ varieties also exhibit touches of pale pink. Perfect for use as either a solitary accent tree, as a double act to frame entranceways, or in multiples to line narrow garden avenues. The ‘Manchurian Pear or ‘ussuriensis’ variety is also wider spreading, making it ideal for use as a shade tree.

Image: Landscape Design by COS.

Pyrus is typically suited to an area of full sun, although the ‘Chanticleer’ variety is tolerant of part shade, with all preferring moist well drained soils. Relatively low maintenance, prune your Pyrus if desired to maintain clearance. Water well initially and it will tolerate dry conditions once established.

 

 

Discover our range of Pyrus below. 

Species Size Shape Foliage
Pyrus Nivalis 8m H x 6m W

Upright/narrow

Green / Grey / Red / Silver

Pyrus calleryana Capital 10m H x 3m W

Oval/narrow

Green / Orange / Purple / Red / Yellow

Pyrus ussuriensis 10m H x 8m W

Round/pyramidal

Green / Orange / Red / Yellow

Pyrus calleryana Cleveland Select 11m H x 4m W

Upright/narrow

Green / Orange / Purple / Red / Yellow

Pyrus calleryana Chanticleer 11m H x 6m W

Conical/narrow

Green / Orange / Red / Yellow

Pyrus calleryana Winter Glow 12m H x 4m W

Vase shaped

Green / Orange / Red

Pyrus calleryana Aristocrat 12m H x 8m W

Pyramidal

Green / Orange / Red / Yellow

Pyrus calleryana Bradford 12m H x 8m W

Pyramidal

Green / Orange / Purple / Red / Yellow

Pyrus calleryana Red Spire 12m H x 8m W

Pyramidal

Green / Purple / Red

 

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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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How Long Does It Take To Grow Our Trees?

As part of our quality control processes and as we grow from one pot size to another to ensure proper root development and plant growth each variety of plant is propagated at a specific time of year. Ordering your stock at the right time will ensure we can then program growing times to have the best possible specimens at the time of sale. Not allowing enough time or having trees growing for too long can impact their health.

Lead Times

Average time it takes to get stock to the right size

• Tubestock, 13cm, 14cm grow pots = 6 months – 1 year
• 17cm, 5lt, 8lt grow pots = 1 - 1.5 years
• 12lt, 30lt, 90lt grow pots = 2 - 3 years
• 200lt grow pots/bags = 4 years+

Image growth timeline is intended as a guide only. Contact us to disscuss your needs.

 

What to consider for ordering?

Plants take time to grow. When it comes to ordering advanced stock we strive to have a range of plant sizes available. In order to ensure we have the right size for your project needs there are some specific times of the year where it is best to place you order to help us meet your requirements.

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Raven Zamioculcas - It has arrived!

It´s time to meet this remarkable dark variety!

Zamioculcas Raven is a new addition to the zamioculcas family, it stands out with its black leaves and stunning natural colour progression. Zamioculcas has a tried and tested status as a rugged indoor plant. Strong statement in any space! The shiny, black feathered leaves of Raven remind you of the impressive large bird from which the plant derives its name.

Being so strong, Raven feels equally at home in a modern living room, chaotic student flat or packed open plan office. A real feature plant with few demands. Zamioculcas Raven can also cope with an owner who is a slightly forgetful waterer. If it hasn't had any water for a while it will just rely on the reserves that it stores in its roots and rhizomes!

The natural colour development. A beautiful process to see at home!

Phase 1: Ravens new growth begins in a bright green new shoot. The shoot is know as a feather.

Phase 2: Once the new shoot is completely open, Raven will start its beautiful colour transformation. The colour transformation starts out as bright green and as it ages turns dark to almost black. You see the change begin in the tips of the leaves before spreading.

Phase 3: The leaves darken over a period of around 8 weeks depending on the amount of light it gets. The more light the faster it darkens. Once the leaves turn black they will stay dark until the next new leaf appears.

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Contract Growing with Benara Nurseries

We specialise in contract growing trees, plants and seedlings. Our experienced horticultural consultants and production staff can discuss and plan any growing requirements you may have. With over 50 years of production data to draw from and experience in growing everything from native to exotic species we can manage the growing for a whole project or catalogue promotion.

Plants take time to grow and in some cases years to achieve the desired size or look required. Our horticultural consultants can help you to understand lead times, seasonal trends, new releases and discuss options to make sure you get the results you are after.

By having us involved in the planning stages it will take some of the guess work and stress away from having to substitute species at the time of planting, or miss out on key retail sales lines throughout the year.

We contract grow for retail promotions, commercial landscape, state government projects, local government street tree planting, revegetation, market gardens and forestry trees seedlings.


Image: Contract grown advanced trees in the nursery and planted onsite

Learn more about contract growing with us here

or call one of our horticultural consultants today to discuss your next project requirements.

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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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