A beginner gardener who cannot decide which flowering shrub to buy, won’t regret choosing one of the Callistemon (Bottlebrush) hybrids. Success is almost guaranteed because they are hardy and grow quickly, especially in moderate climates. They seldom fall prey to any pests and diseases, they do not require a lot of water, they flower well, and once a shrub is filled with pretty blooms, flocks of birds arrive to feast on the sweet nectar.
Modern Callistemon hybrids are available in a variety of shapes and flower colours. The common characteristics are leathery, lance-shaped leaves, and flowers that look like bottlebrushes. They are evergreen and not fussy when it comes to soil type.