Listen, whether you’re a plant/garden geek or not, these Protea family plants are an excellent choices for your dry Mediterranean climate garden. In this short post get ready to view 5 wonderful plants in the Protea family. These 5 are either native to the Mediterranean regions of South Africa or Australia. You may be familiar with Grevilleas and Leucadendrons and less familiar with Leucospermum, Banksia and Protea which tend to be harder to find in the nurseries, but they are being grown and you can get your hands on them. Definitely the most versatile of the bunch is Grevillea. This genus covers ground covers to large shrubs. All plants here prefer full sun, low water, well drained acidic soil, and absolutely no phosphorus fertilizers. Most should be hardy to 20 – 25 degrees. Enjoy!
That was fun, right? Exotic flowers for sure! Are you thinking of a way to include these in your garden? In a large container? Keep in mind that these 5 Protea family plants are just a drop in the bucket; there are over 80 genera. Anyway, try combining some of these drought tolerant plants along with those with similar growing requirements and you’re on the right track.