There is something unique about weeping plants that foster strong emotions within people.
To some it represents calmness, restfulness, contemplation and wisdom.
To others it conjures up classic romantic images often seen in paintings of weeping willows with a background of boats in a lake.
Used in modern landscapes, a weeping plant can be used to create a focal point for an entire garden, or offer contrast to surrounding foliage and textures.
Weeping plants can be as subtle as delicate mounded plants. These can include common plants such as Liriope, Lomandra and even ornamental grasses. Less common plants worth trying include bulbous plants (Bulbine, Cyrtanthus, Kniphofia), bromeliads (Pitcairnia) and coral blow (Russelia).
Upright growing plants that have drooping flowers can inject significant calmness to a garden. Such plants include: Acalypha hispida, Amaranthus caudatus, Clerodendron nutans (wallichii), Medinilla magnifica and Brugmansia.
Some of the more interesting recent releases featuring native plants that come under the category of weeping plants include:
Agonis ‘Black Night’
Autromyrtus ‘Blushing Beauty’
Austromytus ‘Weeping Beauty’
In confined spaces trellises can be erected to grow climbers that have pendent clusters of blossoms such as orange trumpet vine (Pyrostegia), Fraser Island climber (Tecomanthe) and lady slipper vine (Thunbergia mysorensis).
Taken to the extreme a large weeping specimen designed as the focal point to the garden has the ability to become the signature feature of the landscape. It will be the one thing most people will remember.
As such its selection and placement are of the utmost importance to the designer and landscaper. Many of these plants can be slower in reaching desirable heights and may require lower branches to be trimmed to provide clearance when walking past.
Feature Specimen Weeping Plants
Mast tree (Polyalthia longifolia)
Powderpuff Lilly-pilly (Syzygium wilsonii)
Riberry (Syzygium luehmannii)
Swamp sheoak (Casuarina glauca)
Tree wisteria (Bolusanthus speciosus)
Weeping bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis)
Weeping melaleuca (Melaleuca leucadendra)
Weeping tea tree (Leptospermum longifolium)
A trip to your local botanic gardens will give you the opportunity to see suitable plants with a weeping habit suitable for your climate and garden.