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  • Agave
    • vivipara var. marginata   CAG02018
      Height1.2m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Agave vivipara var. marginata
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A quick growing variety, small enough for a large pot but large enough to make a statement, with a stiff almost harsh demeanour, useful for stark architectural style or high contrast with softer forms, especially so in groups.

      Sparse, slightly taller than spherical rosettes of very rigid, long, tapering, glaucous green leaves, generously edged with cream variegation, short, dark, marginal teeth and terminating in a short black spine.

      Spreads moderately by underground stolons and such colonies are particularly attractive but need appropriate space.

      Individual rosettes produce after many (10+) years a spectacular tree like inflorescence, the remains of which are often used in floral art, bearing thousands of erect, yellow green, tubular flowers, in tight clusters, which are much loved by nectar feeding birds and insects, and then rapidly decline and die to be succeeded by younger offsets or bulbils.

  • Amaryllis
    • belladonna   CAG01045

      (Easter lily, Naked lady)
      Height1m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL
      LightSun - Shade
      Amaryllis belladonna
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A super tough South African that should need little introduction, though, where once its autumn spectacle was taken for granted through the South West it is now being increasingly displaced by fleeting makeover starlets.

      Clusters of large. flaring, funnel shaped flowers, pale pink and deepening with age, are carried atop sturdy, fleshy stems. The strappy, dark green leaves emerge after flowering from the necks of large, papery, brown bulbs that are typically somewhat exposed, adjusting to their preferred depth with the aid of contractile roots. Becoming deciduous with rising temperatures in spring and then requiring zero water over summer.

      Infallible in any soil, in any position except the densest shade. Usually takes several years to settle in and commence flowering for perpetuity.

      For me, nothing heralds more the imminent return of cooler weather and rain than the sight of fat buds thrusting naked from parched ground. I imagine it is the same joy that gardeners in cold regions feel on seeing the first hint of spring in a shoot emerging from snow.

  • 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
    • 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.

  • Agave
    • potatorum   CAG02362
      Height50cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Agave potatorum
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A mid sized species forming a sphere of stiff, very blue, glaucous leaves, short and broad with prominent, red-black, sharks teeth around the margin and a wavy terminal spine.

      Its globular form is a stunning counterpoint to modern architecture and coupled with an ironclad constitution and impressive armament it is an ideal candidate for municipal and commercial gardens, rooftops or in a pot on the deck. Otherwise plant a few in a sea of gravel with Freesia in your choice of colours for a cheap and stunning, irrigation free, permanent lawn substitute.
      Doesn't run, pups are borne clustered around the base and if left attached form attractive clumps. I would expect it to be cold hardy in 99% of Australian gardens.

      Flowers are reputedly lime green, in clusters on a giant asparagus like stalk, but I have yet to see them so at least 10+ years to maturity.

  • Arctotis
    • ‘Flamingo’   CAG00994
      Height20cm
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Arctotis ‘Flamingo’
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      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, 10cm, strawberry pink, black centred, daisy-like flowers smother the silver, crinkled foliage until January or longer given water.
      Mow after flowering.

    • Red   CAG00993
      Height20cm
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Arctotis Red
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      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, 10cm, wine red, black centred, daisy-like flowers smother the silver, crinkled foliage until January or longer given water.
      Mow after flowering.

    • Terracotta   CAG02731
      Height20cm
      Width5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      At the forefront of groundcover technology with 15m² of coverage per annum in unirrigated water repellent sand. The plush, weed suppressing, carpet of crinkled silver foliage is overshadowed throughout spring by 10cm diameter, muted, burnt sienna, daisy-like blooms, offset with glossy black centres.

      For when maximum coverage is desired or more lurid varieties are too much. The cost effective alternative to paving for median strips, roundabouts and verges.

      Indestructible in any well drained sunny soil. Immune to reflected heat. Irrigation unnecessary.

      An annual whipper snip at the end of the bloom season, to remove spent flowerheads, keeps it looking tidy over the summer rest.

  • Artemisia
    • ludoviciana ‘Silver Queen’   CAG01724

      (Prairie sage, White sagebrush)
      Height1.5m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A staple of gardens the world over though indigenous through most of North America. Suckering clumps of slender, upright, silver stems and narrow, incised leaves for pairing with other designer and mediterraneanesque plants. Cut down regularly to maintain verticality and boldest foliage 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 zones. Dead easy and indestructible.

      Finer and more divided foliage than A. ‘Valerie Finnis’ and perhaps better for the vertical.

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