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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.

  • Crassula
    • ovata ‘Undulata’   CAG02831
      Height30cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonWinter
      WaterM - L
      LightLight Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A quite distinct form with wavy, glaucous leaves and more sedate growth than most, forming a squat, fat stemmed shrub that becomes increasingly attractive with age. A succulent bonsai perfect that funky pot. From the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

      Seems shy to flower, I don't ever recall seeing it, expect clusters of pale pink stars reminiscent of Daphne.

      Very easily grown in any well drained soil with some protection from midday summer sun, frost and with an occasional watering.

  • Cyclamen
    • persicum   CAG02334
      Height20cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonWi - Sp
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Cyclamen persicum
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      As with so many of our garden plants comparing those of the wild with that commonly encountered in commerce is akin to comparing the Battery Hen with the Junglefowl. One grows and reproduces quicker than the other but at the expense of being unable to thrive outdoors in the real world, and so it is with Cyclamen persicum originally from rocky soils throughout the eastern Mediterranean.

      Modern florists forms make beautiful if somewhat stilted potted colour for a short while, you will get a second or even third year out of them if you're careful. These wild type plants are drought loving, permanent denizens of the garden, growing ever grander with the passage of time. Graceful slender stems bear delicately scented, nodding, soft pink or white flowers with twisted petals swept vertically back to flutter over a gorgeous mound of heart shaped, varyingly marbled leaves. Shallowly planted in any well drained soil with only a little protection from summer baking, it's not as fond of shade or as tolerant of summer moisture as C. hederifolium, they will gradually self sow into sizable magnificent colonies. Summer deciduous and fatly tuberous.

      Perfect for tucking into dry nooks and crannies or those planter boxes filled with water repellent soil that you forget to water so all the herbs die.

  • Cyrtanthus
    • brachyscyphus   CAG00880

      (Dobo lily)
      Height30cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      Cyrtanthus brachyscyphus
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Clusters of tubular, coral coloured flowers serenely nod on smooth stems over loose clumps of arching, strappy leaves from semi exposed fleshy bulbs. One of the finest pot specimens, without need of frequent repotting, or scatter clumps through low ground cover, Viola hederacea or Glechoma hederacea would fit the bill, in sheltered sites for uncluttered elegance yet spring panache.

      From the eastern Cape of South Africa and easily grown in any none too heavy soil with regular summer water, though a dry period won't kill it, where it may even gently self sow. Mostly evergreen in Perth but likely to be winter deciduous in areas much colder.

    • elatus ‘Delicatus’   CAG00194
      Height40cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - H
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Cyrtanthus elatus ‘Delicatus’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A selected pink form of the well known and scarlet flowered C. elatus and just as easily grown. An evergreen, South African bulb, excellent as a cut flower or pot subject to be brought indoors at flowering time. Stout stems bearing large, mid pink, open, trumpet shaped flowers sporadically appear throughout the warmer months from quickly clumping, strappy, leathery leaves.

      Happy with short periods of dryness but better with regular water to imitate its natural habitat of stream sides and moist slopes. Good drainage is of course essential as is a little shelter from scorching summer sun, though too much shade will affect flowering.

  • Hosta
  • Limonium
    • cosyrense   CAG02787
      Height30cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A Maltese species with neat rosettes of dark green, rounded leaves forming a low shrubby mound and bearing a profusion of tiny, pale lavender flowers on fine, branching scapes that last all summer.

      Terribly adorable in any well drained soil and remarkably shade tolerant though maximum sun and exposure yields higher definition. Salt tolerance and a love for coastal conditions should be taken for granted as with much of the genus. Cold tolerance questionable though it so far seems able to handle any frosts W.A. can throw at it. Self sows when happy.

      Annual removal of spent flowers should be all the effort ever required to keep it looking its best.

      Makes a fine potted specimen, at least for a few years, easily mistaken by visitors as some challenging alpine and bolstering your horticultural street cred.

  • Oxalis
  • Pinellia
    • tripartita   CAG00546
      Height40cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightL. Sh. - Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A tuberous, clumping perennial, hailing from central China. The large, tropical looking, 3 segmented leaves, held on long stalks, arise from round, hairy tubers and die back in winter.
      An incredibly tough plant surviving both dark shade and short periods of extreme dryness. It loves the heat, the leaves growing up to 10cm a day in hot weather (30c +).

      I find best growth is achieved in a pot, possibly due to the warmer conditions. Feed well for ultimate luxuriance.

  • 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.

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