Cherry Lane Nursery's Plant Categories

Cherry Lane Nursery tries to organise its plants according to their purpose in the garden. However, this can be a tricky business as many plants fall into more than one category. For example, a Grevillea can be a tree, shrub or ground cover and of course it is also a native plant. Therefore, I have tried to be as logical as I can when grouping plants, without becoming pedantic! The groupings are:

Seedlings - Small, young plants ready for the veggie garden or flower bed. For ideas of what to plant in your veggie and herb patch throughout the year, try

Indoor Plants - This category is for plants that are fragile and frost tender. They should be kept in a controlled environment where the temperature does not get too cold or too much direct sunlight. Indoor plants are suitable to grow in pots.

Natives - Plants native to Australia. These can be in all sizes from ground covers to trees, but include a large range of shrubs. Natives are great for encouraging birds and other native wildlife in your garden.

Ground Covers - Plants that grow low to the ground and spread out. They are great for slowing the growth of weeds in your garden. In particular we have a large range of ground cover grevilleas in an array of colours and textures.

Shade Lovers - These plants are often ground covers but they specifically like to grow in shady conditions, like under large trees. Some of the more popular shade lovers in the Stanthorpe region are hellebores, azaleas, rhododendrons and gardenias.

Grasses - The plants in this section are not all grasses, strictly speaking. The category also includes strap-leaf plants such as Cordylines and any plant that looks like a type of grass. These plants are very textural and are used extensively in landscaping to provide shape, texture and colour.

Climbers - Most climbing plants are vines and require some kind or support such as a wall, trellis or archway. Some of the more common climbing plants in the Granite Belt are Wisteria, Virginia Creeper, Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Clematis and Climbing Roses. Climbers cam become invasive if left unchecked so regular pruning is necessary.

Hedges - This is an obvious category, i.e. plants that can be grown to form hedges or wind breaks. Hedges can be created using conifers, natives or exotic shrubs.

Shrubs - This is a very large category of plants however you will also find many shrubs in other categories such as natives, hedges or conifers. A shrub is generally a broad-leafed plant which is shorter in height than a tree. They can be flowering plants, e.g. Camellias and Gardenias or foliage plants, e.g. Pittosporum, Abelia and Euonymus. Shrubs appreciate being pruned regularly as this promotes new growth and also allows you to control the size and shape of your plant.

Conifers - 'Conifer' means a plant that bears cones. They are evergreen plants and include pines, junipers, firs, spruces and larches. Typically conifers have needles rather than leaves and are very hardy plants which require little water and tolerate heavy frosts. From an evolutionary perspective, Conifers are among the oldest surviving plant families.

Deciduous Trees - A deciduous plant is one that sheds its leaves annually. This means that generally they have a superb autumn display of colour. There are very few native deciduous trees, with the exception of the Kurrajong family which tends to lose its leaves based on moisture levels rather than temperature. I have categorised mostly exotic and ornamental deciduous trees, including Maples, Oaks, Planes, Poplars, Birches and Ornamental Fruit Trees in this section whereas 'Fruiting' Fruit Trees are in the Fruit Trees category. Deciduous Trees are best planted when dormant, that is, in winter and are commonly sold as bare rooted trees. These can be ordered in advance if you are seeking a large number of trees. After winter, they are then potted and sold in 25, 35 or 45kg bags. These are more expensive and much heavier so it is best to consider getting in early for the bare root stock. For more information on how to plant bare rooted stock go to Flemings - Bare root trees.

Fruit Trees - These are very popular in the Granite Belt as the district has perfect growing conditions for many types of fruit tree. The most common types are Stone Fruit (peaches, plums, cherries, etc.), Pome Fruit (apples, pears, etc.) and Citrus (oranges, lemons, limes, etc.). The nursery does not stock tropical fruit trees such as bananas or mangoes as these will not grow in most parts of the Granite Belt, however if you have a warmer garden, these types of plants can be ordered.

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