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  • Achillea

    (Yarrows)
    Asteraceae

  • Amaryllis
    • belladonna Deep pink   CAG02331
      Height40cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Clusters of deep magenta-pink, widely flaring trumpet-like flowers pop up on juicy stalks at the end of summer to be followed by tidy clumps of strappy dark green leaves that emerge from plump papery tuniced bulbs.

      More richly coloured flowers and lower, narrower foliage than typical A. belladonna fare, I suppose this to have some Nerine influence (x Amarine maybe) or it may just be natural variability within the species.

      Summer dormant and indestructibly hardy, grows anywhere in anything and lives forever. My mother found this years ago sitting on clay pan, in standing water (not recommended), surrounded by horses, a relic of early settlement given the size of the clump. Native to southern Africa.

  • Centaurea
    • cyanus Mixed   CAG02480

      (Cornflower, Bachelors button)
      Height60cm
      Width15cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      The humble Cornflower, an annual so named for it's propensity for growing amongst field crops across Europe.

      Each cluster of darker hued tiny flowers is surrounded by a ruff of much larger and lighter coloured florets in pink, white, purple or traditional blue and is held on a long slender stem, ideal for picking, and is clad towards the base with silvery green, lance shaped leaves.

      Truly happy in exposed, sunny, well drained soil.

      The flowers make a colourful garnish or addition to salads.

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

      Each pack contains surfeit of 50+ seeds.

  • Consolida
    • ajacis   CAG02452

      (Larkspur, Rocket larkspur)
      Height1.2m
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      An outstanding annual replacement for the grossly more demanding garden Delphinium. Native to the Mediterranean it's most at home in sunny, well drained, alkaline soil where it produces handsome spires of densely crowded five petalled flowers in glorious shades of blue, purple, pink and white over feathery, soft green foliage.

      Self sows freely if you can resist cutting the flowers for the vase, for which they are eminently suited.

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

      Each pack contains 50+ seeds at the bare minimum.

  • Cosmos
    • bipinnatus ‘Sensation’   CAG02454
      Height1.2m
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      An outstanding summer annual from Mexico to South America, bearing large, saucer shaped, daisy flowers in shades of pink and white atop sturdy, feathery leaved, many branched stems, which pick beautifully.

      Classic cottage garden, the perfect cure for bedding plant fatigue. Big, blowzy and show stopping.

      Scratch seeds into bare sunny soil any time once it has warmed in spring. Early sowings will be the most robust but a late summer sowing will continue flowering well into autumn.

      Each pack contains a minimum of 50+ seeds.

  • Dianthus

    (Pink, Sweet william, Carnation)
    Caryophyllaceae

    The commonly encountered garden varieties are European plants of garden antiquity grown for their attractive, often perfumed, flowers which pick well. They are on the whole easily grown but demand excellent drainage and plenty of sun and are ideally suited to poor, dryer, well drained, alkaline soils. They are often encountered overgrown and root bound, tucked away in the shade, to which they are intolerant, and once purchased are good naturedly smothered with too much "good" garden practice.


    Pinks are known to all by name, which they lent to the colour, if not in person. Classic perennials of English cottage gardens. They have extensive root systems and most varieties offered are quite hardy in Perth with a good drink once a week over summer. They invariably have narrow, glaucous foliage resistant to dry air and high light intensity.

    Sweet williams (Dianthus barbatus) are biennials that will often persist for several years and typically have tall stems bearing clusters of small fringed flowers. They have broader leaves and require a bit softer conditions than the Pinks. The Nigrescens group seem the hardiest of the bunch and can become quite shrubby, potted colour varieties, often sold by the punnet, are worth growing but usually amount to little more than tender annuals.

    Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus). Those developed for the cut flower market are mostly ugly plants needing support and are best left to the dedicated enthusiast or florist. Better garden plants are the seldom seen border carnations, they have the same beautiful flowers of the florist types but are less gawky, don't need staking, are often perfumed and are almost as hardy as the pinks.
    • ‘Jennie’   CAG01498

      (Sweet william)
      Height40cm
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      Dianthus ‘Jennie’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Clusters of saturated (camera defying), darkest magenta, finely pinked, lightly perfumed flowers on tall, slender stems, dark and red tinted as are the neatly clumping, quadrangular rosettes of semi-gloss, lance shaped leaves.

      Remarked on by all and an excellent cut flower of D. barbatus Nigrescens Group heritage, more exceptional and persistent than most.

      Easily grown in light, well drained, sunny soil.

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