In the last fortnight lovely Painted Marianthus (Marianthus bicolor) plants have been covered in flowers in open wandoo/marri woodland, and will increase after recent heavy rain. These plants are climbers and would be wonderful plants in a native garden. Plant hotspots are southern edge of Williams road and around the Claypit. Marianthus and Billardiera belong to the Pittosporum family. These are shrubs, often vines that have fleshy seed pods. The pods on some Billardiera species are used for bush tucker, but after my disastrous taste test of the native apricot (http://www.foxeslair.org/foxypress/pittosporum-apricots ) I lack the courage to test local species.
Marianthus drummondianus is an October flowering shrub with deep green leaves and lovely velvet blue flowers that is largely restricted to stony gravel near the water tank on the Banksia Walk.