If you want to add a formal and stylish touch to a garden, using standards is a great way to do it.
Standards are plants that have been specially grafted to grow in a ball-on-a-stick shape, with a tall straight trunk and a big bushy head. This can be done with many shrubs and trees, including roses, ficus, lilly pilly, english box, mop top robinias, lilacs, maples, crab apples, bay trees, olive trees and cumquats just to name a few.
However, because of the specialized techniques required to create a strong, high quality and long-lived standard, they are often expensive. Big, mature standards are one of the most expensive but very sought after plants we sell, simply because of the instant wow factor and value they add to a garden.
Our two most popular standards after 3ft Standard Roses are 3ft Standard Ficus and 3ft Standard Lilly Pillies. Both are hardy and require trimming only once or twice a year, making them perfect for a stylish yet low maintenance garden. They look great planted in rows lining a drive, wall or pathway, or in medium to large pots.
The problem we have in supplying Melbourne’s appetite for these great standards is that we have a tough time getting a Standard Ficus for less that $50, and Standard Lilly Pillies simply disappear for large periods of the year when they sell out completely.
To solve the problem, we’re bringing down 3ft Standard Ficus and 3ft Standard Lilly Pillies by the pallet load from NSW, and passing the savings on to you. Our newest batch has arrived in store and you can get them for only $24.90 each, while they last!
Here are some examples of 3ft Standard Ficus and 3ft Standard Lilly Pillies used in landscaping around Melbourne:
Popular Standard Plants: