Protea World on Gardening Australia

Protea World on Gardening Australia

A walk in the nursery with Sophie Thomson



Siblings Tina Bolton and Richard Gibson took over the family business when their parents retired. What their parents thought might be a bit of a hobby turned into a 7-day-a-week occupation.

The farm grows Leucadendrons, Leucospermum and Proteas which all grow well in the area as it has a similar climate to Cape Town and the nutrient-poor, acidic soil suits them perfectly.

Richard says he loves the colour of the plants.

Tina runs the cut-flower side of the business; with their wide range of species, there is something in flower all year around. Proteas alone flower for about 6 months a year.

Plants are irrigated for the first three years and then they are left to themselves. They like good drainage and full sun. They can be grown in pots, using native plant potting mix.

Pruning is important to create a bushy form; this is best done by cutting flowers for indoors.



Oleander-leaf protea (Protea neriifolia cv.)

Protea ‘Red Ice’ (Protea cv.)

Protea ‘Limelight’ (Protea cv.)

Conebush (Leucadendron cv.)

Leucadendron ‘Yellow Devil’ (Leucadendron cv.)

SERIES 31 | Episode 20

Owner Tina Bolton and Richard Gibson
Location Fleurieu Peninsula, SA
Climate Zone Mediterranean
Garden Established 1990s
Style Farm specialising in Proteaceae


What type of plants are you looking for?

Protea Leucadendron Leucospermum Adenanthos Aulax Mimetes Hedging Screening Lime Tolerant Low Growing Part Shade Grows in Pots Red Yellow White/Cream Pink