Correas are mostly compact Australian native shrubs that grow in a wide range of situations, including frosty spots and semi-shade. They are drought tolerant once established, and are very attractive to birds, both for their nectar and as nest sites. They are much valued in winter because they bloom when there are few other flowers in the garden.
Correa pulchella (pulchella means beautiful) is also known as Australian fuchsia because of its fuchsia-like flowers. C. alba has more open, white blooms and is very forgiving, as it tolerates sandy soils and salt spray. C. reflexa is one of the most popular varieties, with bicoloured flowers in bloom over many months. There are many cultivars available, such as C. ‘Dusky Bells’, that combine the best characteristics of their parents.
You’ll find more inspiration and practical tips for enjoying colour in your garden throughout the year, including sowing spring flowers and growing creepers for autumn colour, in the April 2020 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.