In another life I had an Australian native plant garden. They were supposedly low maintenance and not so water dependant. However to keep them looking good, this was all a myth.
The one genus I got to enjoy growing were Grevilleas.
They are a very diverse group of of about 360 species of evergreen flowering plants in the Proteaceae family. The species range from prostrate shrubs less than 0.5 m tall to trees 35 m tall.
They have an amazing range of foliage and flower forms as well as flower colour.
Many Grevilleas interbreed freely and extensive hybridisation and selection of horticulturally desirable attributes has led to the commercial release of many cultivars which increases considerably the range of plants available.
Maybe the wet winter has encouraged the flowers this year or maybe I have been unobservant in the past but this year's displays in the gardens around us are magnificent.