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  • Collinsia
    • heterophylla   CAG02464

      (Chinese houses)
      Height45cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A Californian annual of remarkable and unusual beauty. Whorls of bi-tone, purple and white, lupin-like flowers are tiered on slender stems, narrowing towards the top, pagoda style. They are borne in great abundance on delicate plants with small triangular leaves.

      One of the few winter annuals that prefers a lightly shaded position, where they will flower longest, though they grow happily in full sun as well.

      Scratch into bare, well drained soil in autumn or early winter where they should self sow the following year.

      Excellent in a pot, especially when combined with other Californian annuals.

      Each pack contains, at the bare minimum, 50+ seeds.

  • Eschscholzia
    • californica   CAG00241

      (Calfornian poppy)
      Height30cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
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      SEEDS

      The satiny, orange, 10cm, poppy flowers of this short lived perennial from western North America are borne in great abundance through spring and early summer over mounds of lacy, fern-like, glaucous leaves. One of the most popular annuals of all time, in our better suited climate it is more reliably perennial.

      Drought hardy and self seeding it can be naturalised in any well drained, exposed and sunny position.

      Shade and/or summer water will led to premature demise.

      Scratch seeds into bare soil where they are to grow in autumn or winter.

      Each pack contains 50+ seeds at the very least.

  • Gilia
    • capitata   CAG02465

      (Globe gilia, Blue thimble flower)
      Height40cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
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      SEEDS

      This Californian annual carries pompoms of soft blue flowers profusely on slender stems which project from loose mounds of rich green, not too lacy foliage, all spring and into summer.

      Easily grown, self seeds and is much loved by butterflies, bees and other insects.

      Scratch seeds into well drained bare soil in autumn or early winter.

      Each pack contains a gluttonous 50+ seeds.

    • tricolor   CAG02453

      (Birds eyes)
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Gilia tricolor
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A self sowing Californian annual that parades all spring, into summer, masses of 1cm, five petalled, almost circular flowers, delicately coloured a soft mauve fading to white towards a dark centre which is accented by dainty pale blue stamens. Each a work of art in miniature complimented by lacy soft green foliage.

      Does well in a pot to replace or compliment gaudy modern hybrid annuals or could even be planted with other Californians.

      Scratch into bare sunny soil, where they are to grow, in autumn or winter.

      Each pack contains a generous 50+ seeds.

  • Nemophila
    • maculata   CAG02448

      (Fivespot)
      Height15cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Nemophila maculata
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      SEEDS

      A lovely self seeding Californian annual with clumps of scalloped, pale green, ferny leaves. Bearing throughout spring a profusion of white, saucer shaped flowers, of which each of five petals proudly wears a purple spot near it's tip. The apt moniker of Fivespot needs no explanation at the sight of a single flower.

      Scratch seeds into bare sunny soil during autumn or early winter.

      Light shade is tolerated and may lengthen flowering.

      Excellent in pots as an alternative to, or in combination with, Pansies and Violas.

      Each packet contains 50+ seeds minimum.

    • menziesii   CAG02519

      (Baby blue eyes)
      Height10cm
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Nemophila menziesii
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A dainty looking garden treasure, easily grown and self seeding. A winter growing Californian annual well suited to life in Perth gardens. The baby blue, white throated, saucer shaped flowers are borne abundantly over soft green rosettes of pinnate leaves.

      While undeniably pretty it is perhaps at its very best in combination with other hardy Californian annuals, Eschscholzia, Limnanthes, Collinsia, Phacelia etc. either in the garden or in pots.

      Scratch into bare, well drained soil in autumn or early winter where they should self sow in following years.

      Each pack contains, at the bare minimum, 50+ seeds.

  • Phacelia
  • Arctostaphylos

    (Manzanita, Bearberry)
    Ericaceae

    • densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’   CAG01153

      (Vine Hill manzanita)
      Height2m
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A Californian shrub of outstanding merit. Leathery, dark green, elliptical leaves fail to hide the beautiful, peeling and glossy, cherry brown barked, sinuous branches. In spring, pendant clusters of small, pale pink, urn-like flowers are gracefully adorned in an abundance to compliment and complete a most unique and harmonious picture.

      Perhaps best as a specimen surrounded only by low growing plants to not detract visually and allow closer admiration, Californian annuals or ground covering Ceanothus would seem most appropriate, otherwise an ideal companion for larger Ceanothus, Dendromecon, Fremontodendron or other shrubs that enjoy similar conditions.

      Likely to be killed only by kindness, poor soil is preferred and an occasional deep drink in summer may be enjoyed. Light shade is also agreeable though certainly not necessary.

      No pruning is required unless density in place of grace is desirable, reputedly it responds well and would make for an exceptional informal hedge.


      Rarely are Manzanita to be encountered outside of gardens lucky enough to be in a mediterranean climate. Summers of sufficiently low humidity, such as we experience, are essential.

  • Baccharis
    • pilularis ‘Twin Peaks’   CAG02742

      (Dwarf coyote bush)
      Height50cm
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An unexciting ground covering shrub from southern California. Forming a dense, billowing, knee deep sea of small, wax coated, holly-like, blue-green leaves on winding branches. Useful filler for median strips and verges, as a carpeting foil around tall Gums or buildings, or anywhere that Juniperus conferta (Shore Juniper) fails, being longer lived and more tolerant of drought and physical abuse and responding well to pruning while in active growth during winter.

      For any sunny not too wet site. Summer irrigation is unnecessary but is tolerated.

      A male clone, bearing mostly irrelevant, cream, powder puff flowers in spring.

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