And what could be more Australian than the kangaroo paw
? Getting these attractive flowers to distant markets in perfect condition however, requires suitable post-harvest storage and transport procedures.
In the center, a blue-green Weber agave (Agave weberi) mimics a cooling fountain above blue Senecio mandraliscae; smaller fox tail agaves (Agave attenuata) grow at left, along with kangaroo paws
(Anigozanthos 'Orange Cross') and Echeveria 'Afterglow'.
which features drought-tolerant plants (California wild lilac, yellow kangaroo paws
, pink penstemon) and grasses (blue oat grass, 'Morning Light' eulalia grass, and deer grass).
The partition, painted sunny yellow (Hibiscus by Benjamin Moore), gives the space intimacy, while its window provides views of the ferns, meadow grasses, red-flowered kangaroo paws
, and succulents along the path in the foreground.
Low-growing blue succulents (Senecio mandraliscae) move up to swaying blond grasses (Stipa tenuissima) then graduate to tall perennials ('Big Red' kangaroo paws
and Jerusalem sage) and small trees ('Bloodgood' Japanese maple and Acacia pendula).
Echeveria 'Afterglow' (2), Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift' (3), and Sedum reflexum (4) Container: $40; Home Depot (homedepot.com for stores)
Hot-colored flowers--coral aloe, chartreuse euphorbia, lipstick pink greviltea, and, yes, kangaroo paws
again (this time in bright orange)--add punch to the outer garden (right), while a judicious splash of blue Senecio mandraliscae tones down the heat.
SUNSET CLIMATE zones 15-17: Mix the velvety orange, pink, red, or yellow flowers with succulents in a container, or plant the showy bloomers en masse against a wall.
"The kangaroo paws
didn't last, the wallflowers really thrived, and the gophers have been a problem," says Lisa.