Exciting New Plant Releases From Ozbreed
A QUICK LOOK AT OZBREED’S AMAZING NEW PLANTS FOR 2023
Ozbreed Green Life has an exciting line-up of plant releases that landscape professionals and gardeners can look forward to in 2023. Here is a quick look at five unique and fascinating plants that will surely inspire new and wonderful landscape and gardening ideas.
Ozbreed Zen Grass®
Zoysia spp. ‘ZOY01’ Intended
Ozbreed Zen Grass® will change the way lawns are grown in Australia. It is beautiful with its uniquely rippling and undulating surface. When grown like a low growing undulating lawn, big advantages abound.
This no fuss plant requires only yearly trimming, reaches a low vertical height, achieves a moderately high density that greatly reduces weeds, has good wear tolerance, and best of all, is not slow to fill in like the traditional undulating Japanese style lawns.
People love the undulating look of a beautifully grown Japanese Temple Grass (Zoysia tenuifolia), but only a few can successfully grow it. It is too slow to cover, taking years. It is also weak on drought and has very poor performance.
After mowing, it takes forever to come back and has dead patches. On the other hand, Ozbreed Zen Grass® grows in quickly within a growing season (spring to autumn), and even more quickly if planted closer. It mows better and rarely suffers from dieback.
The recommended planting rate is 4 to 6 per square metre, and the recommended planting size is small pots. If planted in mulch, it tends to have even better undulation and needs less mowing for some reason. The mulch reduces weeds as well. The Ozbreed Zen Grass® grows over the top of the mulch and roots through it.
Its deep green colour in summer and winter in most parts, its ability to grow in most soils, and its natural resistance to disease and insect damage are just some aspects that make this lawn a great choice. In courtyards, residential front yards and backyards, or around offices, it is the smart choice. For generally more passive areas, this should be the lawn of choice as it saves massive time, needing on average only one mow per year.
However, it is not for areas where people regularly sit and picnic, or kick a footy, or play backyard cricket. These activities are best for regular lawns. Sure, a dog can run on it, and you can walk or play catch on it, but its undulating look is best for lower use areas.
Ozbreed Zen Grass® can be mown like a normal lawn, too, should you prefer the manicured look. Just mow monthly or when needed. In its natural Ozbreed Zen Grass® state of undulation, its flowing green ripples make it the ideal lawn for highlighting gardens, garden walkways, and the general low to no mow lawn.
Mow it where you want a regular lawn, and neglect it where you want a natural Zen grass look. It is ideal for Japanese gardens, between pavers, cottage gardens, the manicured look, or the average smart Aussie home lawn. The calming nature of this natural Ozbreed Zen Grass® with its rhythmic waves could be just what is needed for a peaceful, more relaxed environment to chill in.
Matricaria chamomilla ‘MAC01’ Intended
Plants that are as “flat as a tac” are few and far between. Although chamomile can be low growing, they tend to usually grow a little tall to be classed as truly ground hugging.
The new Calm-o-mile™ not only hugs the ground closely but also spreads well from rhizomes, repairing itself from wear damage and providing a true lawn alternative that does not need regular mowing.
Calm-o-mile™ Matricaria is a step above the common or other forms. It forms a dense mat, which helps outcompete weeds and prevent soil erosion. It grows very flat, with only its flowers sitting above the foliage.
Using it around pavers or stepping stones protects it from heavy wear, but its natural density allows for minor walking. It appears to be able to handle frost, heat, humidity, and Australia’s harsh conditions far better than regular chamomile. It has been bred to cope with Australia’s hot climate as well.
For years, people have tried to have a chamomile lawn in Australia, only to find that chamomile is just not tough enough. Calm-o-mile™ Matricaria aims to solve this so Aussies can know the beauty and relaxation a ground cover Calm-o-mile™ lawn brings.
The plant’s extremely strong flavour not only makes it highly medicinal but also greatly reduces any insect damage, as the bugs simply find it too strong. If you use it for tea, be careful; smaller amounts make a strong cuppa, and people who have medical conditions or are pregnant should avoid taking it as tea. Rubbing the foliage brings out the unforgettable, pleasantly strong fragrance that is difficult not to notice, and on some warm days, the fragrance infiltrates the air all around.
The flowers are typical and beautiful just like any chamomile, with the added benefit of sitting above the foliage all at one level. After flowering, it is best to either mow or trim yearly. If the lawn ever starts to thin out, a light prune and fertiliser should bring the plants back to a dense ground cover.
If the odd parts thin out, cuttings or new plants can be installed, and they will spread once again and cover the ground. It is this ability to grow more horizontal that really sets Calm-o-mile™ Matricaria apart from other chamomiles, making it the true chamomile lawn alternative, one that can often repair itself.
Planting at 6 per square metre will be enough to make a lawn, but 10 or 12 per square metre will get the job done more quickly. So if you have a sunny to moderately shaded lawn area to revamp or a garden area with stepping stones, this is the ideal lawn alternative. Avoid full sun areas that are regularly exposed to high wind.
If the soil is too heavy, simply mix in some organics or sand, and give Calm-o-mile™ Matricaria a try. Sitting amongst a lawn alternative like this brings nature to you, and its nature to calm makes Calm-o-mile™ Matricaria the ideal plant to line your home garden with.
Scaevola spp. ‘PFS200’ Intended
This is possibly the toughest, most useful Australian landscape flower in existence. A big claim, but Pink Fusion™ Scaevola comes with truly remarkable characteristics. The very first plant, installed in a harsh, poor, heavy roadside soil, still looks great 11 years later with practically no maintenance. It has flowered more than 70% of the time.
Pink Fusion™ Scaevola not only handles drought well; more recent plantings also coped well in the extreme wet of the east coast. This type is largely different from the regular Scaevola, as it was bred from a species that grows in harsher Australian climates. It is more compact and tighter, meaning it requires far less pruning.
Pink Fusion™ Scaevola is not only tough; it is also gorgeous. The compact green foliage is covered in beautiful pink fan flowers for most of the year. In fact, in some years during the trials, it flowered all year, while in other years, it flowered at least 70 percent of the time. Its abundant flowers are elegant, too. Its dense foliage prevents most weeds from infiltrating.
Pink Fusion™ Scaevola’s clean foliage and stunning flowers are ultra-low growing, reaching only up to 30 cm in height. Its spread depends on the soil and fertiliser and can span up to 1.2 metres wide in good soils and 80 cm wide in poorer soils. This plant allows designers and gardeners to line the front of their landscape with the ultimate long flowering ground cover.
It makes a great mass landscape plant yet looks at home in any cottage garden. Being frost, drought, and semi wet feet tolerant, Pink Fusion™ Scaevola is not only the tough choice in landscape flowers but also one of the most beautiful.
Poa spp. ‘POL12’ Intended
With its deep blue foliage, great drought tolerance, and a recently tested ability to handle very wet conditions, Eskdale Blue™ Poa is the ultimate tussock grass for ornamental landscapes.
It grows in quickly, establishing in weeks and getting its roots deep, thanks to its strong root system. Within a year, your landscape will have a mature looking plant. In times of economic uncertainty, this saves you up to 70% on up front planting costs.
Eskdale Blue™ Poa is happy being planted in small containers such as tubes or smaller pots. It will quickly outgrow other plants and look like it has been growing in your garden for years — a trait that makes this Poa truly outstanding. If planted at 6 or more per square metre, it helps outcompete weeds, saving money on maintenance.
Ornamental grasses in general perform far better with yearly pruning, and Eskdale Blue™ Poa is no exception. Its ability to regrow quickly from yearly pruning reduces its maintenance costs even more. It is easy to prune, too. Simply cut back hard with machinery in Autumn, Winter, or early Spring and you will have a plant with new, vibrant blue shoots.
Poa tussock grasses are an icon of southern Australian landscapes, performing well from just north of Sydney down to Tasmania and across to WA. However, Eskdale Blue™ Poa is a step above the average ornamental tussock grass and an improvement on the old plain Eskdale variety. Compared to the old Eskdale, the Eskdale Blue™ Poa is bluer, grows approximately 20% lower, and has a cleaner foliage with less blemishes.
The original Eskdale became popular due to its legendary ability to stay blue-green for far longer, rather than going the rustic brown colour like most Poas. The Eskdale Blue™ Poa retains this capability to brown less. We believe there is something about its leaf that makes it blue more often and straw brown less often.
It can also survive drought and handle humidity better. With an improved cut back performance, the Eskdale Blue™ Poa is basically a better tussock overall. This plant is the ideal low-cost mass planting or group planting option, softening both commercial and residential landscapes with its blue foliage. Low cost because it can be planted in smaller sizes, due to its rapid maturing.
It can also be placed with other plants as a filler or feature, or even as a low-cost border along a fence or garden. Its unique grassy attractiveness adds a natural feel to the landscape in late spring and summer. Wherever you put it, it will save money.
Poa spp. ‘POL11’ Intended
Compared to other common Poa tussock grasses, Rustic™ Poa really stands out from the crowd. Its rustic foliage provides a unique colour contrast to other plants, which is even more enhanced by its seasonal changes.
Its green toned foliage turns brown quicker than other Poas, yet it keeps living year after year provided it is cut back every year or every two years.
Being 40% more compact than Eskdale Blue™ Poa, the Rustic™ Poa is a great contrasting companion plant for low-cost Australian native grass gardens or landscapes. It benefits from a cut back due to the abundance of rustic compact foliage that gives this plant a distinct look.
Many have tried Carex or Juncus sedges in Australia to achieve this rustic look, but they are just not as tough as Poa. The new Rustic™ Poa makes achieving a “rustic” look in gardens far easier.
Being more compact is a big deal for Poa labillardierei. Although there are Poa sieberiana that are smaller than Rustic™ Poa, these generally perform better at higher altitudes. Unless you reside in the mountains, Rustic™ Poa makes a far better choice as it has been tested to survive at low altitudes, where Poa sieberiana normally struggles except in colder climates.
Rustic™ Poa is a stunning ornamental plant when grown in pots, thanks to its very fine green leaves. If you want more green than brown, cut it back and enjoy its new growth. Otherwise, its lovable rustic appearance will come out. Its inflorescence adds to its appeal.
In high erosion areas, Eskdale Blue™ Poa is a better choice due to its incredible root system. Thus, Rustic™ Poa, like most other tussock grasses, is best used for moderate erosion control. This plant copes well in areas with frost, drought, and minor humidity like Sydney, and it loves the southern parts of Australia. It also does well in most soil types.
Where You Can Buy?
As these are very new plants, they may be hard for the public to find initially, so we have arranged The Plant Hub, an Australian online nursery to grow and stock these 5 new varieties.
What’s New 2022?
Trusted by landscape professionals to handle the toughest conditions
These five thoroughly tested and trialed plants are products of Ozbreed’s constant desire for unique and innovative plants. They are bred for purpose, such as to address the shortcomings of previous plants to make them better, stronger, more attractive, and more useful.
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Ozbreed Green Life is a plant breeding, marketing, and distribution company well-known for their no fuss, functional and reliable landscape plants.
Trusted by landscape professionals to handle the toughest conditions, they have been planted on roadsides, in large commercial projects, award-winning residential landscapes and in gardens Australia-wide as well as internationally.
From its inception, Ozbreed focused on breeding plants that were tough enough to withstand the climatic extremes of drought and flood, that were low maintenance and reliable in their horticultural uniformity and performance. Each new release product is backed by over 20 years of breeding experience and an average of 5-10 years of thorough testing on each plant.