Ixora species, hybrids and cultivars
Flowering tropical shrubs. Flower colours include whites, yellows, oranges, reds and pinks. There are a multitude of cultivars available which come and go from nurseries, although you're likely to find some of the most common landscaping types available.
Ixoras will grow well in subtropical South East Queensland, although its common to see plants in poor condition in home gardens. Avoid the hottest and driest positions.
A number of dwarf (to about one metre) ixoras are sold under the names "dwarf orange", "dwarf yellow", 'Compacta' (orange/red), Gold Compacta (yellow) , 'Coral Fire' 'Gold Fire'. Some of these may be different names for the same cultivar. These are relatively hardy and are increasingly seen in public and commercial landscapes where they don't get much care.
'Pink Malay' has bright pink flowers and is a larger and less compact variety. 'Prince of Orange' has an especially upright habit and bright orange flowers. 'Sheena' has apricot coloured flowers. 'Super King' has large red heads.
In general, ixoras are not fast growing which can be an advantage from a maintenance perspective. True miniature varieties could be tried if found for sale, but they seem to be fussier about conditions.
Designing with ixoras
Tropical gardens: Dramatic flowers and hot colours are great for providing flower colour in tropical gardens
Other Styles: Ixoras would also work also work in a traditional-style mixed shrub border.
Where to buy Ixora in Qld
You should also be able to find some Ixora plants for sale in most garden centres in the tropical and subtropical parts of Qld.