10 Favourites



Each issue we ask five horticulture experts to list their favourite plant types on a selected theme.

Previously we would only ask for two favourites each to be listed, however, we have expanded their initial selection to five favourites from which they choose their top two to focus upon.

The decision can depend upon many factors such as soil, climate, drought tolerance, aesthetics or just plain personal preference!

Claire Bickle

Brachychiton rupestris –
Queensland Bottle Tree
Euphorbia milii –
Crown of Thorns
Kalanchoe beharensis –
Elephant’s Ear Kalanchoe
Lampranthus aureus (
syn. Mesembryanthemum aureum) – Pig Face
Pachypodium lamerei
– Madagascar Palm

Catherine Hewitt

Brachychiton rupestris
– Queensland Bottle Tree
Eremophila maculata subsp. brevifolia – Spotted Emu Bush
Grevillea ‘John Evans’ – ‘John Evans’ Grevillea
Melaleuca thymifolia ‘Cotton Candy’ – Cotton Candy
Ozothamnus diosmifolius – Riceflower

Joan Dillon

Acacia aneura – Mulga
Barringtonia calyptrata
– Cassowary Pine
Eremophila macdonnellii – MacDonnell’s Desert Fuchsia
Rhagodia spinescens – Berry Saltbush
Senna artemisioides subsp. filifolia – Desert Cassia

John Sullivan

Tournefortia argentea
(syn. Argusia argentea) – Tree Heliotrope
Beaucarnea recurvata – Ponytail Tree, Elephant Foot Tree
Cochlospermum gillivraei – Native Kapok Tree
Dioon spinulosum – Mexican Dioon
Pachypodium lamerei – Madagascar Palm

Graeme Byrne

Beaucarnea recurvata
– Ponytail Palm, Elephant Foot Tree
Bombax ceiba – Red Silk Floss Tree
Brachychiton rupestris – Queensland Bottle Tree
Bromelia balansae – Heart of Fire
Handroanthus chrysanthus subsp. chrysanthus
  (syn. Tabebuiea chrysantha) – Yellow Trumpet Flower

From a 6 page Feature Article in Issue Twenty One
Brachychiton rupestris
Cochlospermum gillivraei
Bombax ceiba


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