Keeping Cool with Beautiful Late Summer & Autumn Flowering Plants

Segment: Keeping Cool with Beautiful Late Summer & Autumn Flowering Plants
Episode: Autumn 2020, Ep 3
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
TX Date: 7th March 2020

If you pick the right plants for your garden, the autumn can deliver a huge amount of colour.

  • The Cassia Fistula, or golden shower tree, loves warm climates. Native to the Indian subcontinent, it thrives in the dry climates of Perth, Adelaide and Northern Australia. It’s not a fan of winter, so protecting it is important.
  • The yellow flowers are produced in profusion from December in the North of Australia to late February in the south.
  • Bougainvilleas have a lot of different forms. The Mary Palmer loves hot, dry conditions – you’ll see the best flowers at this time of year, as the plants are water stressed. If your bougainvillea is not flowering, it is probably getting too much water.
  • The brightly coloured blooms are not actually flowers – they are modified leaves known as bracts. The tiny white flowers are inside, with the bracts being designed to bring bees in from miles around.
  • In November and December, jacarandas explode into colour. The leopard tree is a rarer variety – an upright tree with a mass of yellow blooms. The foliage is fine and lets filtered light through, with the mottled bark giving the tree its name.
  • Originating from Queensland, the bottle tree is an Aussie native that stores moisture in its trunk. The trunk swells, causing the distinctive bottle shape.
  • The magnificent Poinciana can grow up to 15 metres tall, and are known for their spectacular flower and soft foliage. These trees are great at delivering shade through the summer, as well as filtering light through in winter.
  • The frangipani trees are relatively cold tolerant – they’re not keen on frost but love heat, tropical or dry and the flowers smell fantastic.