Zanthorrea Nursery is a family-owned garden centre, located in the
hills of Perth, Western Australia.
The tranquil surroundings of Zanthorrea Nursery's hills garden centre
make choosing plants a pleasure. Whether you are wandering around the
display gardens or enjoying a picnic while the children discover the
playground, the emphasis at Zanthorrea is on relaxation.
At Zanthorrea we specialise in Australian natives, which are among
the world's most lovely and hardy plants. Visit our award winning nursery and choose from over
600 varieties of Australian plants. Zanthorrea is an accredited nursery,
so our plants are guaranteed to be clean, healthy and 'hardened off'
before you take them home.
5th January: Survivng the heat.
Summer can be a little bit warm in the backyard, but having a garden can cool it down by up to 5 degrees! There is still lots of colour at this time of year with the Red flowering gums in full bloom. Scaevolas, Lechenaultias and Beaufortias are also good summer flowerers and there is plenty more.
If you are looking to get out into the garden, here are a few things that are good to do this time of year:
• Prune spent Kangaroo paw flowers back down close to the ground, this will give more energy back to the foliage.
• Apply soil wetter to dry parts of the garden, this makes a massive difference on how much water is available to the plants.
• If the desire to plant gets the better of you (as it does with me) focus on one area so that the daily watering is not a burden. Or choose a nice shady spot as these do not dry out as quickly.
• Mulch Mulch Mulch: Bare soil can heat up like tarmac!
Have fun in the summer gardening, for any advice or ideas pop in or give us a call, we are happy to help! See you soon - Ross
Lechenaultias give plenty of colour to a summer garden but need a little extra care to keep them going. Try mixing a few different colours in a pot. Pictured is Lechenaultia superba.
Eremophilas are a tough addition to a full sun garden. This Eremophila Red Splendour is very drought tolerant once established.
Dec 21st: A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
It is that time of year where we say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016. We hope you have had a fantastic year and that there is plenty more to follow. Christmas is nearly here and it is a great time to spruce up the backyard and spend time with family and friends. We are open everyday except Christmas Day, so if you feel like a visit, pop in and have a chat about gardening. Looking for any last minute gift ideas? There is plenty instore to excite, or choose a Zanthorrea gift voucher. We can make it up to any value you like.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Zanthorrea.
The recent rains and mild weather has been a blessing on the Spring gardens. Our display gardens are looking fantastic with lots of plants coming out in flower.
Please pop in for a look around and enjoy our Australian flora.
We were recently at the Kalamunda Community Gardens Open day with a display of native plants. It is great to see all the amazing work they are doing and see the community involvement in gardening. Ross and Jackie thoroughly enjoyed being down there and to hand out the winners of the Childrens colouring in competition. To find out more on the Kalamunda Community Garden, click this Link.
This month we have a pizza oven donated by Yates Australia to be won. Simply buy any Yates product in store and fill out the form and you are in the runnning to win. We have it set up in our Atrium if you want to stop by and have a look.
With Christmas aproaching soon, we are busy getting our gift shop and atrium ready with beautiful Australian themed gifts. Our Christmas display goes up on the 11th of November, so be sure to stop by and check this out.
The Wildflower photo competition is going strong with some amazing photo entries of Australian native plants. We hope you get to have a look on our facebook gallery and 'like' your favourite photo.
Yates pizza oven to be won. Runs till the 27th of November. Check in store for details.
Zanthorreas display at the Kalamunda Community Gardens.
The cake cutting at our 40th party.
Alec inspecting the plants in 1981.
Zanthorrea's early shop .
October 1st: Zanthorrea turns 40!
Zanthorrea was started in 1975, so this year Spring marks our 40th year in business. Thanks to everyone for supporting us over the years! Here are some words from Jackie on how Zanthorrea got started:
"Zanthorrea was conceived around the dinner table in Gooseberry Hill. Alec's late mother Jean Hooper had a small garden design business and would grow her favourite plants to sell. Alec and I, newly married, would visit Jean each weekend and help with a few garden chores, in return for a home cooked meal.
As plant sales were growing, we talked about having a real nursery, an ambitious plan as we had no business experience just plenty of enthusiasm.
Over the next few months, our dream became a reality as we found a suitable piece of land. Alec built the structures, Jean grew the plants, while Jackie earned a dollar working full time as a teacher.
At first we had few customers and would put the kettle on to encourage a visit. (It usually worked.) Gradually word spread about our hardy plants and we quickly outgrew the shed we used as a shop. One by one we added a gazebo, a real shop, then expanded it, added a walkway, a fancy children's play area, and a spacious atrium. The team grew from family only to employing a young lad to help, and today there are 17 of us, including new owner Ross Hooper, son of Alec and Jackie.
Zanthorrea has grown literally for 40 years, to the destination garden centre it is today. Over the years, the wonderful people who have worked with us have helped create this beautiful place. We thank them, along with all the lovely customers who have supported Zanthorrea over the years. We are confident that Zanthorrea will continue doing what we do best - healthy hardy plants and knowledgeable friendly service in a beautiful environment." - Jackie Hooper
Springtime & wonderful flowers, 3rd September
It looks like it is turning out to be a cracker Spring with many wildflowers starting their blooms early.
On friday Semptember 25th we are hosting an after hours celebration for our 40th year in business so we hope you can all come down and enjoy the evening with us, between 4pm and 7pm. RSVP is essential for catering purposes on 94546260.
Father's Day is September 6th, so why not bring your father in for a walk through our display gardens. They are looking great thanks to the early plantings of Graeme the nursery gardener. We also have plenty of gifts to choose from if you want to buy that something special for your dad!
All September long Kings Park plays host to a wonderful wildflower festival involving walks, talks, activities for the kids and display gardens full of our WA wildflowers. Also good to get in your diary is them Native plant sales on the 26, 27 & 28th of September. Visit: http://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park for more info on what's on at Kings Park.
We hope you all enjoy this fantastic season as much as we do, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Leptospermum 'Pink Cascade'
Melaleuca violacea prostrate
Opening Hours: 9am - 5:30pm,
day except Christmas Day.
Time to plant
Summer can be a difficult time to plant out in the full sun, both for plants and for us! Gardening in the shade can be a joy this time of year and the plants are not as thirsty. Pick a shady spot and a few of these beauties: Chorizema cordatum, Correa Dusky Bells, Crowea Festival and Darwinia citriodora.
The Fan-Flowers are a great spring to summer plant as they are bursting with colourful flowers. They are best in half a day of sun, and a bit of extra summer water. Try our very own Scaevola Crinkle Cut and Big Purple for some star performers!
2015 Photo Competition
The 2015 Wildflower Photo Competition is now closed, to view all the entries, Click here.