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#MADETOUGH Plants To Survive A Perth Scorcher

27 February 2017

The Kangaroo Paws lining the WACA logo outside the world-famous Ground.

The WACA Ground Crew gets in on the action with their top-three tips for what to grow to survive the extremes of Perth's climate.

They grow 'em tough out here in the west; whether that's the people, or - in this case - the plants.

And with good reason: if we're not sweltering through 40-degree heatwaves in summer, we're nearing freezing point in winter, all the time while being thirsty and blown off our feet in one of the driest, windiest cities in the world.

Yet, amidst this seemingly unlivable environment teems the toughest of life.

It might seem strange that a sporting club is handing out gardening tips, but survival of the fittest is a crucial trait for the WACA Ground: there needs to be evergreen areas to provide plentiful shade and breakout areas for patrons to escape the fierce summer sun, yet they need to be waterwise, inexpensive and require minimal maintenance.

And we believe we have the best team in the business ticking those boxes.

We recently had the Turf Crew give their winter maintenance tips to help make your front lawn resemble the emerald oasis of the WACA Ground and, now, the Ground Crew gives their tips on what to plant around that oasis to ensure it's full of life and not whispy tumbleweeds.

Eucalyptus Trees
Depending on your school of thought, these are either an obvious choice, or are a left field option as a back-yard plant. Either way, the benefits are endless.

Most importantly, these trees don’t require an endless stream of water.

They also grow quickly, which means they can provide plenty of shade for your backyard if positioned appropriately.

And they produce attractive flowers, which is another bonus.

Kangaroo Paws
Another brilliant option for gardeners looking for a low maintenance option.

The best feature of the paw is undoubtedly the beautiful flowers it produces, be it the traditional red, or the yellow variety which the WACA Ground proudly boasts around the venue.

Like any hardy plant, the kangaroo paw requires little water and maintenance, happily grows in even the stingiest of soils, but can grow relatively tall, so it is important to prune accordingly.

In fact, one of the most common causes of the kangaroo paw struggling to grow is too much care - too much water, too much fertiliser, too much love and attention.

It's important to remember that these plants are native to Western Australia - they were growing long before we came along with our fancy soil-toppings and did just fine.

Less is more with the kangaroo paw.

Roses
Some people might not consider the humble rose a hardy plant, but as any gardener will attest, they're the perfect option for those missing the greenthumb gene because of their resilience.

Roses predominantly flower best in spring, however, with enough care they can thrive during the hotter months.

They will require a bit more feeding and nutrients than the previous native options, but the payoff is the beautiful, iconic flower we all know and love.

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