Hydrangea with beautiful purple flowers

The pick of the fast growers

If you’ve noticed a few bare spots in your garden, but don’t want to wait forever for something to grow, try some of these fast-growing plants to fill in the gaps.

February 4, 2021
Hydrangea with beautiful purple flowers

Climbers

Clematis
A climber renowned for its large, coloured flowers in many different varieties.

Star jasmine
A vigorous climber with very fragrant star shaped flowers. Suits a full-sun position.

Shrubs

Hydrangea
This striking shrub produces enormous bouquets in purple, blue, green, white and pink. They are low maintenance and make excellent cut flowers.

Marguerite daisy
These sun-loving plants provide masses of flowers for months.

Screening

Lilly Pilly
If a fast-growing hedge is what you’re after, lilly pilly is a great choice. The Syzygium smithii grows up to five metres tall relatively quickly and can also be pruned to shape.

Viburnum
Popular in Australia for decades as a screening plant. A good choice is the Viburnum tinus, a small-leaf evergreen that grows to about 3.5 metres and produces clusters of white flowers in late winter through to spring.

Bedding plants

Marigolds
The flowers bring in a variety of gold, brass and copper tones to brighten up your garden.

Nasturtium
If you want to cover large areas quickly and cheer up your garden, this is a lovely option. It produces brightly coloured, long-lasting flowers in shades of orange, yellow and red.

Impatiens
Impatiens is great for adding colour to any shaded areas that need brighening up.

Petunias
The stunning array of colours and delightful fragrance make this quick-growing flower a must. Perfect for garden beds and pots.

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