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10 Plants that Flower All Year Round in Australia

Australia has a varied climate and that can pose challenges for gardeners who love to have blooms in their gardens all year round.

While there are a variety of plants that bloom well in summer, there are also others that will brighten up a dull winter garden with their magnificent blooms.

But, are there plants that grow well in Australia and that will also flower all year round? To answer this question, I went on a research adventure to discover if there are plants that will produce blooms all year round.

Here’s what I found both through some intensive research and from plants I’ve grown myself over the years.

Acalypha reptans

Acalypha reptans | Plant varieties

I adore the fluffy red flowers on this plant that look like a cat’s tail. I remember growing this in a hanging basket many years ago and it always put on a fantastic display.

It will flower sporadically throughout the year and the red flowers provide an eye-catching contrast to the dark green foliage.

Apart from growing in pots and hanging baskets, this plant also makes a great ground cover as it will spread to around 60 cm.

Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paw)

Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos 4 | Plant varieties

As you’re probably aware, kangaroo paws are fairly low-maintenance plants that are both drought and frost resistant.

‘Gold Velvet’ Kangaroo Paw has lovely golden blooms that will appear for most months of the year.

Bougainvillea

Bougainvilleas in a pot | Plant varieties

If you live in a tropical or subtropical region, you’ll be happy to know that bougainvillea will bloom almost all year round. It’s important to grow bougainvilleas in full sun if you want to get a long flowering season. 

However, if you grow bougainvilleas in cooler regions around the country, you’ll find that it will go dormant in winter and even drop most of its leaves.

Bracteantha bracteata (Everlasting Daisies)

Bracteantha bracteata Everlasting Daisies | Plant varieties

There’s nothing quite as cheerful as a mass planting of native daisies. This species of native daisy has blooms with paperlike petals in a range of different colours. 

These gorgeous plants will tolerate a light frost and those grown in all but the coldest regions should produce flowers all year round. And, there are some simply stunning cultivars and hybrids available.

Erigeron karvinskianus (Seaside Daisy)

Erigeron karvinskianus Seaside Daisy | Plant varieties

I had this lovely plant growing along a bank in my previous garden and it produced its beautiful white and pink daisy flowers for most of the year. The only time it wasn’t in bloom was during the midst of winter but this was the perfect time to clean up the foliage and give it a trim.

However, if you grow these in a warmer climate that doesn’t get too cold in winter, you might find that they’ll bloom all year round.

The seaside daisy is a prolific grower and will spread all over your garden quite quickly if you let it. But, it does make a nice ground cover and looked lovely growing under my rose bushes. 

It’s also perfect for low hedging and I used to clip the plants in winter with a pair of hedge shears into a nice neat shape.

Geraniums

Geranium | Plant varieties

Geraniums are one of the easiest plants to grow and they are adept at handling neglect really well. You’ll also find that some of the older varieties will actually bloom all year round.

I have a red-flowering geranium growing in my current garden that was well-established when I moved in. All I do is give it a general tidy-up once or twice a year and just leave it to grow.

I’ve even discovered that if I accidentally break off a piece, I can just stick this in the soil elsewhere in the garden and it will take root. This lovely low-maintenance plant will produce flowers for most of the year.

Grevilleas

brown honeyeater Grevillea | Plant varieties

There are numerous varieties of grevilleas and a lot of them will produce flowers throughout the year, especially in warmer areas. 

One species of Grevillea to consider is the fuchsia grevillea (Grevillea bipinnatifida). This species has the most stunning large flowers in shades of red, orange, and yellow.

The blooms are actually long racemes of spider flowers. The foliage can be a little prickly which makes this a good screening plant.

Other long-flowering grevilleas include:

  • Grevillea ‘Lady O’
  • Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’ 
  • Grevillea ‘Misty Pink’
  • Grevillea banksii var. fosteri
  • Grevillea aspleniifolia
  • Grevillea ‘Boongala Spinebill’

Limonium sinuatum (Statice)

Limonium sinuatum Statice | Plant varieties

Statice is another of those plants that have a long flowering season, especially if grown in areas that don’t experience cold winters. The colourful blooms on this plant are often used as cut flowers or even in dried arrangements. 

There are numerous cultivars with flower colours in white, pink, and mauve.

Polygala (Milkwort)

Polygala Milkwort | Plant varieties

The species Polygala includes numerous cultivars and is a medium-growing shrub with lovely purple and pink pea-like flowers for most of the year.

The plant’s compact growth habit makes it the perfect border plant that can be shaped to suit your garden’s style.

Strelitzia reginae (Bird of Paradise)

Strelitzia reginae Bird of Paradise | Plant varieties

There’s no mistaking those stunning orange flowers produced by the bird of paradise plant.

You will find that this striking plant with its long grey-green leaves will flower for most of the year when grown around the country in all but desert areas.

FAQ

What is the easiest annual flower to grow?

There are numerous easy-to-grow annual flowers including petunias, zinnias, nasturtiums, violas, and pansies.

What flowers come back every year and spread?

Some of the most striking flowers that come back every year and will spread are those grown from bulbs such as daffodils, jonquils, bearded iris, and daylilies.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.

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