The glaucous, rosemary-like foliage of Melaleuca lateritia, a member of the Myrtle family, provides a complementary cool foil for the cylindrical inflorescences of glowing coral stamens, each tipped a lime-yellow.
It closely resembles the bottlebrush flowers of many Callistemon species, but differs in that the stamens are tightly bunched in bundles.
Also in this Australian planting is a mature Hakea
suaveolens of prickly glaucous foliage, covered in creamy half-domes of flowers, not showy but somehow enchanting. The delicate inflorescences
develop into clusters of very hard, coppery, cratered seed cases, probably dependent on bushfire to crack the cases and disperse the seeds within.