Melbourne's Favourite Plants That Survive The Winter
We Melburnians like to think we're pretty stylish. Ask any one of us and we'll tell you that we decorate our homes with both thought and ease, we pull together our outfits swiftly and creatively, even in Melbourne's Winter, we still manage to inject style into our layers.
We also like to proclaim avidness about our plant harbouring. After all, what is a space in 2018 without greenery? The trouble is, some of us are better at it than others. It's all well and good to bring home a new leafy edition, but then you need to keep it alive – and worse, in Melbourne's climate.
The good news is there are some go-to favourites that not only look great but also are renowned for doing well in Melbourne's weather – we've put together a list of some of them to get you started.
Indigenous natives typically do well in both the heat and the cooler weather, making them relatively low maintenance and sturdy. Callistemon, also known as the Bottlebrush, is a popular and iconic Australian favourite that does really well in Melbourne's topsy-turvy climate. Similarly, plants in the Melaleuca family are also very popular and range in size from small shrubs that stay small to larger trees that thrive for generations.
Succulents Are Sturdy All Year Round
Succulents are an ever-popular choice and are sturdy all year round. That said, they cope better under cover during periods of high rain, as they only need very minimal watering. Succulents such as the jade plant – which is said to bring good luck – are a popular Melburnian choice, and can get quite big over time. Similarly, the aloe vera plant, with the right amount of sun, is also a sturdy number as well as having many medicinal benefits. The best thing about succulents is you can choose to buy them small, so if you're renting then moving with them isn't an issue.
You Can't Go Wrong With A Bamboo Palm
The bamboo palm is a winner that can withstand, and even thrive, provided it has some love, and a combination of both shade and sun. The best part about the Bamboo Palm is that there are more than 100 species and chances are your local nursery has a good proportion for you to choose from.
For The Avid Veggie Growers
Now is the time to plant some broccoli and kale seeds, and herbs such as mint, coriander, and parsley can usually withstand the cooler months when cared for properly. Similarly, leafy greens can really thrive during Melbourne's Autumn and Winter.
If All Else Fails, Faux Is Your Friend
If keeping your green friends alive is really not a task you can master, consider decorating with synthetic plants. They last, require no maintenance and are doom and demise-proof. They also look incredibly realistic, meaning you can easily achieve the façade of a green thumb and visitors would be none the wiser. At Remarkable Furniture, we stock a huge range of synthetic plants, including veggies, avocado trees, and faux outdoor plants of varying sizes and species.