Time Saving Hacks

Low maintenance shrubs for a time-saving garden

Who said a fabulous garden has to take up hours of your time? Not us! Here’s a quick rundown of some laid-back shrubs that’ll make your garden glow without all the extra work.

May 8, 2024

Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ & Grey Box (Coastal Rosemary)

These Aussie natives are real troopers. Sporting lovely blue-green foliage and soft mauve flowers, they’re perfect for tough spots like coastal or rocky areas. Once they settle in, they barely need a drink—even in our scorching summers.

Callistemon (Bottlebrush)

These beauties are famous for their striking red brush-like flowers that draw in birds and friendly insects. They bask in the sun, handle wet days, and just need a quick trim post-flowering to keep looking sharp.


Easy going and gorgeous, Grevilleas bloom with vibrant spider-like flowers in shades of red, orange, or pink. They love our climate, go easy on the water, and the local birds can’t get enough of them. They're adaptable, drought-resistant, and perfect for Perth’s weather.


With their unique cone-shaped flowers and textured leaves, Banksias stand out. They love the sun, need well-drained soil, and are low on water and pest worries.

Agonis flexuosa ‘Burgundy’

This stunner brings drama with its deep burgundy leaves that get even richer in colour in the cooler months. It’s a tough one, only needing a trim now and then to keep its shape.

Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum)

Not a fan of pruning? No worries here with minimal pruning required. This hardy shrub offers year-round pinky-brown leaves and vibrant pink flowers in spring and summer.

Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis indica)

Tough as old boots (and pretty, too) with soothing dark green leaves and springtime flowers that brighten up the place. It’s disease and pest-free, and just needs a little water now and then, especially in dry spells.

Leucophyta brownii (Silver Cushion Bush)

A standout with its silver-grey foliage and delicate yellow flowers, this native is perfect for coastal gardens and full sun spots.

Pimelea ferruginea (Pink Rice Flower)

This compact shrub has glossy green leaves and vibrant pink flowers in spring, thriving in full sun to part shade and requiring little care.

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