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The range of new Waxflower varieties available from Helix Australia will make a welcome addition and burst of late winter and spring colour to your home garden.

Waxflower (Chamaelaucium) is native to Western Australia and was originally called Geraldton Wax. Over the last 20 years, there has been intensive Waxflower breeding programmes in WA. Initially this focused breeding was concentrated on the needs of the cut flower industry – but many outstanding Waxflower hybrids have since been developed with a wide variety of applications for use in the home garden and commercial landscape sector.

The range of new Waxflower varieties available from Helix Australia have been selected for unique and superior colour forms, new flower formation (e.g. double blooms), bi-colour flower selections and overall improved vigour and disease resistance.

Helix Australia Waxflower selections typically produce a well rounded shrub with waxy flowers growing to approximately 2m high and 1.5m width. They prefer an open sunny or partly shaded position and grow in a wide range of free draining soils. They are tolerant of hot dry conditions and have a low water requirement once established.

Waxflower plants are best planted in late winter, early spring and autumn and should be well watered at both the planting and establishment stage. Once established they have a low water requirement.

Waxflower plants respond well to heavy pruning and shaping and can be cut back quite hard after flowering has finished in late spring. Regular pruning ensures a compact, dense and well rounded Waxflower shrub is produced in your home garden environment.

Photo's by Bob Wigand