Growing Proteas

Proteas are perfect for use in low maintenance low water use gardens. They enjoy the same conditions as natives. They fit very well in the Australian native landscape and most  garden styles, from courtyards to large properties. They will give year round colour  and the added bonus of spectacular cut flowers. 

Proteas love an open, sunny position, they’re pretty tough. They do well in poor soils, and many don't mind salty, coastal areas. But the humidity will knock them around. If you are north of Brisbane they will prefer the cooler drier regions. But they'll do really well most other places where the soil is well drained and it's not too frosty.

The following sections will help you find the right spot for your protea and have it looking its best. Remember, once they are established they more or less look after themselves. All you must do is pick the flowers!

So if you thought you didn't have enough time to have magnificent flowering shrubs in your garden, think again, and think Proteas and Leucadendrons.

Check out our list of useful growing tools:

The Basics


Drying Proteas

Cut Flowers