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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Papaver
    • rhoeas   CAG02500

      (Flanders poppy)
      Height50cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Papaver rhoeas
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      The annual Flanders poppy needs little introduction. Great satiny swathes of blood red poppies appear wherever sown and reappear forever more after any disturbance to the soil.

      With a predilection for well drained, alkaline soil, in full sun and exposure, it will none the less grow anywhere except the shadiest, most sodden of sites.

      Scratch seeds into bare soil during autumn or winter.

      Each pack contains a garden colonising 50+ seeds.

  • Acanthus
    • mollis   CAG00063

      (Oyster plant, Bear's breeches)
      Height1m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - Shade
      Acanthus mollis
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Rosettes of huge, glossy, dark green, sharply serrated leaves thrust from the soil with the onset of autumn rain. In spring sceptres of mauve and white shell like flowers stand sentry over the brooding mounds of foliage.
      Found throughout the Meditteranean it's at its best with no summer water but plenty of winter moisture and is tolerant of any soil that isn't waterlogged.

      Extremely architectural if given the space or as contrast to other boldly leaved plants such as Melianthus major.

      Representations of the leaves are commonly found in ancient roman architecture and are often still encountered in classical designs of today.

  • 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.

  • Anemone
    • x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’   CAG01436
      Height1.2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A spreading perennial, evergreen in warm areas, grown for its late summer or autumn display of tall, forked, slender stems bearing pure white, saucer shaped flowers which hang serenely over billowing mounds of large, velvety, rich green leaves composed of 3 lobed leaflets.

      Perhaps at its best, and most rampant, in humid environs with rich, well drained, alkaline soil but even in less than ideal conditions, with leavers crisped from dry heat, it still flowers spectacularly and at a time all the more valued.

      Tall, single and full of grace.

  • Centaurea
    • cineraria   CAG00715

      (Dusty miller)
      Height1.2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Centaurea cineraria
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A too rarely encountered perennial from coastal Italian cliffs, often confused with the yellow flowered Jacobaea maritima or other species, and still one of the best plants I have ever had the privilege to grow and one whose more common use can only benefit our gardens.

      Tufts of softly pinnate leaves cut from white suede form a shrubby mound, bearing fine, branching, white stems of lilac coloured, thistle like flowers. A florists dream. Used to great effect in mass planting or as common foil for formal or informal gardens, beside driveways or in moon gardens as reflective lighting, or just as an exceptional component amongst other well defined mediterranean type plants.

      If its leggy, flops in the heat or is short lived then conditions are too soft, it has no adaptations to shade. At its best in exposed sites with freely draining, lean, alkaline soil, gardeners on the coastal plain should have no difficulty. Summer irrigation is mostly detrimental. A good test, quick and easy to grow but the standard and longevity of this plant will directly reflect your understanding of gardening for a mediterannean climate.

      A good annual or biannual cut back, when and where strong new shoots are seen, will keep it looking tip top for many years. Don't cut it down to bare stems, without leaves it may starve to death before it can regenerate.

  • Dracunculus
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