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  • Arctotis
    • ‘Sandgroper’   CAG02294
      Height25cm
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Arctotis ‘Sandgroper’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The sunny two toned daisy flowers, the inner half of each petal is bright yellow and the outer half golden yellow, of this variety always remind me of the beach.

      Nigh on indestructible perennials with a penchant for impoverished sand Arctotis tolerate anything but waterlogged soil.
      Plant anywhere sunny and exposed for super powered spring colour.
      Very good at stabilizing sand or weed suppressing ground cover.

      Dead head annually after flowering, with a whipper snipper or mower set high.

    • Yellow   CAG00100
      Height20cm
      Width5m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Arctotis Yellow
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A drought hardy groundcover for sunny exposed positions and poor sandy soils. Ideal for road verges, carparks, driveways and anywhere else normal plants struggle to survive. Large, 15cm, bright yellow, black centred, daisy-like flowers smother the silver, crinkled foliage until January or longer given water.
      Mow after flowering.

      The largest flowered and even more vigorous than most other varieties.

  • Artemisia
    • alba ‘Canescens’   CAG00991

      syn. A. armeniaca, A. versicolor ‘Seafoam’
      Height20cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A grouncovering shrub of the utmost hardiness, forming a fine, silver, coral-like cushion, purple tinted under drought stress or in autumn before shedding its leaves over winter. Relatively slow growth yields years of undemanding beauty besides paths or scattered through boulders and is a perfect cover for summer dormant bulbs or other low plants of fine form. Tapering spires of pale yellow, button-like flowers lend an elegant effect but are of little import and, here at least, are seldom seen.

      Easily grown in any soil, or rock crevice, though not so happy in clay. Summer water unnecessary but tolerated, though not likely to last long in regions with high summer humidity. At it's best where lesser plants scorch and fry.

    • ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’   CAG00925

      (Prairie sage, White sagebrush)
      Height1.2m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A staple of gardens the world over though indigenous through most of North America. A suckering carpet of silver, broadly lance shaped leaves for borders and edgings or combined with other vigorous perennials, Bearded Iris maybe, in drifts or clumps. Cut down regularly to maintain broadest foliage and low growth or if left unchecked it will eventually form a dense mound of wiry, branching stems bearing irrelevant, small, pale yellow, button-like flowers, quite an effective silver shrub in wilder parts of the garden or fence line.

      Very vigorous and perfectly drought tolerant on well drained soils, struggling in heavy clay though more successful in lower rainfall regions. Impervious to any heat and cold experienced in this country but, as with most of the genus, unlikely to tolerate the summer humidity of more tropical climes. Dead easy and indestructible.

      Might work as a silver, water efficient lawn when mown routinely.

      Broader, more simple leaved than A. ‘Silver Queen’ and perhaps better when kept low.

    • princeps ‘Crabling’   CAG02319

      (Yomogi, Japanese mugwort)
      Height10cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun - Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Forming a dense creeping mat of small dark green dissected foliage Crabling makes for durable unassuming edible groundcover in awkward spots, tolerant of heavy and shallow soil, periodic wetness and drying out as well as the occasional heavy boot (possible lawn substitute). Vigorous but not quite rampant, the shallow subterranean stolons, to which it owes its durability, are fairly easy to remove if invading in areas they are unwanted.

      Winter dormant, allowing for easy clean up and weeding, ensuring a fresh look each year as well as letting in light for winter growing bulbs and annuals. In late summer taller spires of insignificant flowers add some temporary height, perhaps needed wildness, easily removed by a quick shearing/wowing which will yield fresh verdant growth in a matter of days and keep it looking good into winter.

    • princeps ‘Dynamite’   CAG02320

      (Yomogi, Japanese mugwort)
      Height1.5m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The antithesis of Crabling it explodes from winter dormancy making a mound of feathery dark green, silver backed leaves and sending skyward leafy flowering stems, bearing insignificant flowers, adding lush foliage and temporary height to the garden without stealing the limelight from showier flowering plants or fine foliaged grasses.

      Tolerant of heavy soils, periodic wet feet and dryness. It can be cut to ground level at any time resulting in a fresh crop of lush growth. Very quick growing but only sedately spreading b y its underground stolons. Shade will make it flabby.

      The form to grow if your looking for a vegetable.

  • Campanula

    (Bellflowers)
    Campanulaceae

    • ‘Elizabeth’   CAG00947
      for $7.00earn 35 points

    • trachelium   CAG00952

      (Nettle leaved bellflower, Bats in the belfry)
      Height1.2m
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A perennial clumping species, non running, from Europe and Northern Africa and one of the most reliable in warmer climates. Tall, one sided spires of nodding, soft purple, bell shaped flowers tower above a clump of soft, roughly textured, narrowly heart shaped, dark green leaves that are deciduous in winter.

      Soft and romantic especially when nestled beside your favourite garden sculpture or scattered beside a secluded path.

      Easy in a sheltered but not too shady spot, morning sun would be ideal, with reasonably drained, preferably alkaline, soil where some drying out after flowering will be appreciated.

  • Cyclamen
    • hederifolium   CAG00966

      (Sowbread, Ivy leaved cyclamen)
      Height10cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonAu - Wi
      WaterL
      LightFilt.Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The quintessential garden Cyclamen found in gardens across Europe (and the rest of the globe) where it is usually massed to great effect beneath deciduous trees, its preferred haunt, with its upswept five petalled pink or white blooms appearing in Autumn above the leaf litter followed by beautiful leaves of its own that are marbled in various shades of silver, with no two plants sharing quite the same patterning or even shape, which can range from a broad heart to a tapering arrowhead.

      Easily grown in any shady site with half decent drainage and winter moisture, moisture during its summer dormancy is tolerated but is not essential, and is ideally adapted to grown amongst leaf litter where it will self sow over the years for ever increasing beauty.

      Mass plant on the south side of the house, perhaps with a cover of trendy pebbles or glass, or beneath olive trees for a lifetime of reward. Makes an excellent pot subject too but eventually a very sizable pot will be needed as the flattened corm continues to expand throughout its lifetime.

      Native to much of the northern Mediterranean.

  • 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.
    • ‘Watercolour’   CAG00213
      Height10cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonAll
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Dianthus ‘Watercolour’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An exceptional plant forming a dense mat of needle-like, very glaucous foliage, studded with flat, stippled, pink and pinked, delicately scented flowers throughout the year but in abundance through spring.

      A variety we have grown for many years and it has never failed to impress both in beauty and hardiness. Drape it over walls, across or in paths, with a few small spring flowering southern African bulbs for some garden pizzazz, or have it spill from a large planter with a choice succulent companion.

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