Key plants in The Climate-Forward Garden

The colour scheme includes muted greens and gold with shots of zingy oranges and pink

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp. pauciflora

Evergreen trees or large shrubs, often fast-growing, some with attractive bark, most with aromatic foliage, and clusters of small, white, yellow or red flowers.


Leptospermum scoparium ‘Red Damask’

‘Red Damask’ is a dense medium-sized evergreen shrub with narrow, dark green leaves. Flowers deep red, fully double, about 12mm in width and very freely borne from late spring.


Panicum virgatum ‘Rehbraun’

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A deciduous, clump-forming, perennial grass to 1.8m tall, with flat, linear, mid-green leaves developing rich, reddish-purple shades in autumn. Airy sprays of tiny, purple-green flowers are produced from mid-summer to early autumn.

Achillea millefolium ‘Balvinrose’

A spreading perennial to about 50cm, with grey-green, fern-like foliage. Upright, branching stems are topped with domed flowerheads of small, dark rose-pink flowers from early summer to early autumn.

Pictured: Achillea millefolium ‘New Vintage Violet’


Kniphofia ‘Tawny King’

A free-flowering perennial to 1.2m tall, with narrow leaves and dense spikes of dull orange buds opening to cream flowers from mid summer to early autumn.


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