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IF plants shudder when you go
near them, if you’ve managed to
kill the greenery in your garden or
you’re simply just not a greenthumb
at all, there is hope for you – and
your outdoor area.
There are many plants on the
market that are natural survivors.
They require little maintenance once
established and, in fact, you could
almost ignore them entirely and
they will still flourish and are even
quite attractive to boot.
It is these species that novice
gardeners, and those who are time-
poor, should plant for a fuss-free
Gardening guru Milton Vadoulis,
from Vadoulis Garden Centre, has
given The Bunyip readers his tips
for the best plants to grow in your
garden if you’re not a seasoned
Read which plants he says are
“bulletproof” and should be planted
“The first one that comes to mind
is oleanders. They are fantastic.
Very, very good in our climate.
People always think they’re terribly
poisonous and they are poisonous
but it’s not really a plant that I would
be overly concerned about how
poisonous it is. Oleanders are a
warm season plant so you should
plant them in the warmer months.”
“Things like succulents and
succulent-type plants are really
good. They’re things like like
agaves, the yuccas, the aloes, all
of those are excellent, what I call
bulletproof. And you plant those in
the warmer months as well, so now
is a terrific time to plant those.”
“Bougainvilleas are really good.
Very drought tolerant, love the
heat. Again, plant them in the warm
“Salvias are very good to introduce
colour into the garden.”
Other hardy chOices
“Things like lavenders are very
good. They love our climate.
Rosemary is excellent. Statice are
fantastic. Murraya is a fantastic
hedging, screening plant, very, very
However, Milton warns that just
because these plants are fairly
fool-proof, does not mean they
don’t need some care while they
are establishing themselves in a
But first things first, Milton says
soil preparation is the “key for
“In our soils here they’re generally...
clay so adding good amounts
of gypsum to the soil is very
important,” he said.
And then also add organic matter
to the soil so we recommend you
fork in and mix with your existing
soil a compost, at least half-a -
metre-squared, in the area that
you’re going to plant a plant.
And the larger area that you do, the
better it is, and you don’t have to
go down very deep but anywhere
between about 30 centimetres
deep is ideal.”
Milton said once your plants are in
the ground, you just need to keep
up an easy watering routine for one
whole summer, just until they are
“You would water, to establish
plants, at least once a week – a
good soak,” he said.
“And you always have to look at
the weather because if it’s extreme
weather, you do need to adapt your
watering to that.”
Vadoulis Garden Centre owner Milton Vadoulis says there are plenty of hardy plants on the
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