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  • Acanthus
    • mollis ‘Hollard's Gold’   CAG01102

      (Golden bear's breeches)
      Height1m
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL - M
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Acanthus mollis ‘Hollard's Gold’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      One of the most beautiful chartreuse leaved plants you could ever grow.

      Large, 60cm plus, sharply scalloped, red stemmed leaves form spectacular rosettes over Winter, from the centre of which emerge each Spring, sturdy, 1m tall stalks topped with large hooded pink and white flowers, enclosed in sharp leafy bracts.

      Both the leaves and flowers are excellent for cutting and the flowers remain interesting even when dried.

      Will happily go dormant over Summer if grown dry, my prefered option as it can then be grown in full sun for best colour and the curled golden leaves erupting from the bare earth each Autumn are a breath taking sight.

  • Portulacaria
    • afra ‘Aurea’   CAG03031

      (Jade, Porkbush)
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Sp
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The golden leaved form of the oft encountered Jade. A lax shrub with succulent red stems that become increasingly swollen with age, developing a peeling papery bark, and bearing fat, rounded, lime coloured leaves, acid yellow in full summer sun, with older specimens bearing attractive clusters of pale pink flowers in late winter.

      Maybe a little slower than the commonest green forms but still excels as a succulent, drought tolerant hedge and can make a stunning eternal groundcover given consistent force. With its foliage colour subtly changing with light exposure a billowing mass becomes a multi-toned sculpture suitable for even the largest plantings and thriving in concrete urban environs. Alternatively severely restrict resources for autonomous bonsai between 10cm and 2m depending on container size or just poke it in anywhere to create juicy colour combos.

      Indestructible in any reasonable drained soil, some summer irrigation is appreciated to replicate its summer rainfall home in south eastern Africa but it will survive without after a few years. Tolerant of light frost.

  • Tradescantia
    • (Andersoniana Group) ‘Sweet Kate’   CAG01475

      (Spiderwort)
      Height25cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A choice cultivar grown as much for the clumps of deeply channelled, linear, citron coloured foliage as the satiny, three petalled, royal purple flowers that sit upon it. The perfect companion for modern brightly coloured Heuchera, in regions where they grow well, for maximum foliage fantasy.

      Needs protection from heat and exposure to look its best but is easily grown in any reasonably drained soil or in a pot capable of housing its large fleshy root system.

      Soundly perennial and winter dormant.

  • Weigela
    • ‘Looymansii Aurea’   CAG00668
      Height2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - H
      LightLight Shade
      Weigela ‘Looymansii Aurea’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Simply sumptuous chartreuse leaves on a quick growing deciduous shrub, a little wayward of growth which adds to the appeal, as too do the clusters of trumpet shaped, bright pink flowers that are borne in spring. The foliage is a little sun tender so light shade is recommended in all but the coolest regions but it is otherwise easy of culture with protection and adequate summer moisture.

      Undoubtedly one of the very best foliage shrubs for shade, a splendid companion for Rhododendron though they tend to look a little sombre in comparison.

  • Caryopteris
  • Humulus
  • Origanum
    • vulgare ‘Thumble's Variety’   CAG02775

      (Oregano)
      Height5cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An attractive chartreuse groundcover forming a very flat dense mat of soft, rounded leaves. A flowing foil for brightly coloured flowers, magenta or electric blue are always winners with chartreuse, or as lift beneath the eaves of sombre foliaged shrubs.

      Foamy heads of small near white flowers in rosy bracts lend a free spirited beauty in spring.

      Just as tasty as the boring green forms but much more sun tolerant and reliable than O. vulgare ‘Aureum’, though not as brassy in colour, which it has superseded in the nursery.

  • Pelargonium
  • Rosmarinus
  • Sedum
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