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  • Chrysanthemum
    • ‘Winter Red’   CAG00963
      Height40cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonAu - Wi
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Chrysanthemum ‘Winter Red’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An exceptional garden Chysanthemum. Planted with yellowing Winter dormant grasses, it's soft, brick red, pompom like flowers literally scream that it's Autumn.
      Easy to grow and always reliable.
      Cut back to ground level after flowering and don't mulch over the basal growth in Winter.

      Of course it's an excellent cut flower too.

  • Nerine
    • bowdenii ‘Winter Cheer’   CAG01697
      Height20cm
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonWinter
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Nerine bowdenii ‘Winter Cheer’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Clusters of bright lipstick pink flowers on very slender stems, daintier than most of the N. sarniensis types. Valued for its late blooming period, after winters descent when it has few floral competitors and its gay colour is most appreciated. Multiplies rapidly to form a low clump of narrow, glossy green, strap-like leaves that emerge after the flowers and are shed each summer. Some light shade may be beneficial.

      A summer rainfall species that still performs admirably here sans irrigation though it flowers even better in watered gardens where the less moisture tolerant winter rainfall species fail.

      Plant bulbs with their neck barely protruding from the soil surface, once they adjust themselves as desired, with the aid of their contractile roots, flowering will commence and increase in grandeur annually for ever more.

    • ‘Coral Queen’   CAG02271
      Height30cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Firework clusters of spidery, bright coral pink blooms on smooth, fleshy stalks from papery brown bulbs that increase fairly rapidly to form impressive clumps after several years and then keep getting better for a lifetime. The strappy green leaves only emerge well after flowering which commences with falling temperatures and the addition of water in autumn.

      Deciduous over summer and then needing a dry rest but tolerant of some summer moisture. Easily grown in any lean, well drained soil, barely covering the bulbs, they will adjust themselves to their preferred depth. An excellent pot subject and fantastic table centrepiece when in flower.

    • ‘Optimist’   CAG03065
      Height30cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Nerine ‘Optimist’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Clusters of fierce scarlet flowers with prominently protruding stamens atop sturdy stems. Garden fireworks that celebrate the arrival of the wet season.

      Strappy bluish green leaves emerge shortly after flowering from the top of papery tuniced long necked bulbs which should be planted with necks exposed.

      For any well drained soil. A drier rest during summer dormancy is essential to initiate flowering and for long term survival.

  • Zephyranthes
    • macrosiphon   CAG00670
      Height15cm
      Width15cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      One of the larger flowered species, from eastern Mexico, with broader (5mm), strappy, slightly glaucous leaves, deciduous in cold years, emerge from shallow, long necked bulbs. Very showy, soft pink, six petalled, starry flowers (10cm) are borne at any time of the year, even while leafless through winter.

      Forms loose clumps of self sown seedlings and plays well with others, combine with everything for additional yet unobtrusive impact.

      Easily grown in any soil with at least some summer moisture, extended periods of neglect are survived though not enjoyed. Very tolerant of clay and wet feet.

  • Aster
  • Epilobium
    • canum subsp. canum   CAG02255

      (syn. Zauschneria californica)
      Height50cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A soft, grey, sub-shrub from the South West United States, where, as here, it is exceptional for flowering during the heat and drought of summer and autumn. When tubular, scarlet flowers adorn the plant profusely and are much loved by hummingbirds, or honey-eaters in our case.

      Good drainage is preferred, though heavy soils may be tolerated briefly. An occasional drink over summer will encourage flowering but is not necessary, too much and you will permanently prevent flowering and life. Probably a strictly west cost plant, it may be worth trying in the eastern states with impeccable drainage, full exposure and no irrigation, though I suspect success would be only temporary.

      Cut back to ground level during winter when new growth is seen at the base otherwise it tends to become untidy by flowering time.

      Given bare soil seedlings can appear and transplant readily. Seedlings may differ from their parents with leaves that can be silver to sage green and with flowers varying in their depth of colour. These variations can be seen in the nursery and all are lovely, in time separate clones may be selected based on arbitrary and distinct qualities.

  • Pancratium
    • maritimum   CAG01666

      (Sea daffodil)
      Height60cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Pancratium maritimum
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A dramatic bulb, the umbels of pure white, perfumed, daffodil-like flowers appear as if by magic after the first autumn rain, on naked, very glaucous 60cm stems. Such delicate and exuberant beauty seemingly incongruous in the exposed and baking environ it prefers.

      The strappy, glaucous winter leaves die down with the onset of summer drought, if they remain evergreen you are providing too much water and any chance of flowering is likely to be non-existent. In a warm autumn repeat blooms are not uncommon.

      Found on coastal dunes in hotter parts of the Mediterranean it is ideally suited to growing in hot barren sand, though mine do fine in clay, and should be indifferent to salt spray. Self seeds if your lucky, though it will be at least several years before the seedlings are large enough to flower. Newly planted bulbs will usually need a year or two to settle in as well before they will resume flowering.

      Mass plant for best effect, either densely or as scattered individuals.

  • Rudbeckia
  • Sedum
    • erythrostictum ‘Mediovariegatum’   CAG01401
      Height1.2m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL - M
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A clumping, winter dormant perennial grown for it's highly ornamental, pale yellow, green edged, rubbery leaves, which surround the thick, succulent, erect stems, and it's dome-like heads of densely packed, star shaped, pale pink flowers which it bears in autumn. A tough, hardy plant for any reasonably sunny, well drained position.
      Excellent in pots, it handles the confined rootspace well and isn't demanding on water.
      Cut back to ground level in winter.
      The stems can be pruned back in late spring to make the plant more campact and to delay flowering.

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