Commercial Landscaping

Wildflower Capital Initiative

Project

  • Wildflower Capital Initiative

Organisation

  • Main Roads WA

Service

  • Contract Growing
    Commercial Landscaping
    Plant Supply

Start Date

  • 2018

A state-wide initiative to bring Western Australian wildflowers into the Perth Metro area.

Over the past four years Plantrite has contributed to The Wildflower Capital Initiative (Wildflower Way), a cross-agency program with its aim to promote Perth through its unique local flora. Initiated by Main Roads WA, it aims to enhance the community and tourist experience of WA with an overarching wildflower theme. The main focus area of the project was on the journey between the airport, city and country by incorporating a wildflower theme into the design of public spaces and major infrastructure.

 

Overall ten sites were selected along Perth major roads by Main Roads, to feature native flora or wildflower inspired artwork. Each site is focused on creating a landscape journey by highlighting the variety of WA flora, featuring species whose placement have been inspired by the six seasons of the Noongar culture. The design around the six seasons allows for constant flowering, creating a stunning sense of place for the community and a visually appealing place all year round.

Plantrite have been working with Main Roads since 2018 to supply a number of species to selected sites including:

  • Causeway East
  • Graham Farmer Freeway at Loftus Street, East Parade and Victoria Park Drive
  • Great Eastern Highway at Orrong Road
  • Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel approaches
  • Mitchell Freeway city approaches from the north and south
  • Mounts Bay Road at Point Lewis Rotary

Plants Grown

40,449

Species Grown

72+

Timeframe

2 years

The Process

Across multiple orders Plantrite have provided a wide variety of local and hybrid species to ensure the best outcome for the locations. These include Adenanthos cuneatus, Anigozanthos hybrid ‘Yellow Gem’, Calothamnus quadrifidus prostrate, Banksia menziesii ‘Dwarf’, Beaufortia squarrosa ‘Orange’, Pimelea ferruginea ‘Magenta Mist’ and Boronia crenulata ‘Pink Passion’. This stock was provided in a range of sizes from forestry tubes to 200mm pots.

The Benefits

There are many benefits of this initiative including increasing community pride and aesthetics of the city, as well as increased knowledge of the Noongar seasons. Not only this but planting natives reduces maintenance costs, increases birdlife and bee populations but most importantly provides an overarching framework for existing wildflower planting initiatives

We predict that initiatives like this will become even more important in future design planning such as the urban forest strategy and many local government plans.

 

Plantrite are the native wholesale nursery experts in WA with a strong knowledge to help you choose native flora will fit the vision for your project and add to the biodiversity of the area. If you need advice for your future projects or for more information on stock and availability view our stocklist or contact us.

Project

  • Wildflower Capital Initiative

Organisation

  • Main Roads WA

Service

  • Contract Growing
    Commercial Landscaping
    Plant Supply

Start Date

  • 2018

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