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Zanthorrea Nursery Display Gardens

At Zanthorrea Nursery we have award winning display gardens to showcase the many beautiful Australian plants there are available. We have incorportated many themes into our gardens to show how Australian plants can be used, these include; Formal, Informal, Outback style or Water garden.


Garden Design

Sue Torlach (Dip.Hort.Dip.Landsc.) is a horticulturalist and landscape designer with Wild About Gardens. An accredited Watercorp waterwise landscaper and a member of LIAWA (Landscape Industry Assoc. of WA) Sue is passionate about promoting Australian plants and sustainable gardening – using minimal water, labour, fertilizer and chemical inputs.

Several of her designs have won awards in the waterwise categories of local council garden competitions and her design for the Zanthorrea Display at Garden Week in 2004 won best Landscape Display in show.

If you would like help creating a colourful, waterwise, low maintenance garden contact Sue to discuss your needs. Services range from an on site consultation and sketch to full scale plans. You can implement the design yourself or Sue can recommend landscapers to install the garden for you.

For more information visit www.wildaboutgardens.com.au/

Or contact Sue on, MOB: 0402 789 886



Garden Week 2009

Garden week 2009 was a huge success! We had a fun time setting up our display with Sue Torlach doing the design for the landscaped area and Fifth Room lending us some Garden artwork.

We won the 'Best Garden Centre Display' of the show. Thanks to everyone who helped set it up and we will try and have another great show of Australian plants at the 2011 Garden week in April.



Garden Week 2004

The efforts of Sue, ably assisted by Alec and the team, resulted in Zanthorrea taking off three awards at the 2004 ‘Garden Week’ – “Best Landscaped Display”, “2nd ‘Best Display’, and “Most Educational Informative Display”.




Sue Torlach's Garden

(featured in theWinter 2003 Bush Telegraph)

"My garden is now two years old, apart from a gorgeous ‘King’s Park Special’ bottlebrush. The garden was previously an oversized sandpit - so a combination of plenty of soil improver in the planting hole and very deep mulch (obtained cheaply from a tree lopper) was essential. I’m a water miser, so the garden has to survive with a touch of hand watering when I remember. It got a lot to get it started, but once those roots were down, they were on their own!



A gravel path leads to a small pond, which is the central feature of the garden - the edges are softened by grassy lomandras, isolepsis and conostylis species. Three small trees will add shade as they grow - Eucalyptus microtheca, E. erythrycorys and E. woodwardii. Several banksias have done well and flowered at a young age, especially the Banksia ashbyi.

The standout colour is from the ‘Big Red’ and ‘Yellow Gem’ kangaroo paws and the ground cover Scaevola ‘Purple Fanfare’. The paws are amazing, I give many of them away as cut flowers. Other plants used include: Olearia axillaris for its grey foliage, Helichrysum ramossisimum ‘Yellow Buttons’, Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’, Acacia lasiocarpa, Hibbertia racemosa, Calothamnus quadrifidus, Melaleuca ‘Little Nessie’. All very adaptable plants for coastal or hills planting." – Sue


Diana's Garden

Diana's garden was recently open to the public under the 'Open Garden scheme'. The open garden scheme is a not-for-profit organization allowing people access to some of the best gardens in Australia and raising money for charities. She uses a 'rooms theme' to organize her plants into different areas of the garden. From cottage plants to local native plants there is a lot of interest and diversity with an emphasis on attracting wildlife into the garden.

For more info on the Open garden scheme go to http://www.opengarden.org.au/



Zanthorrea Nursery  ::  155 Watsonia Road, Maida Vale, Western Australia 6057  ::  Ph (08) 9454 6260