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  • 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.
    • ‘Norgate's White’   CAG00208
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A charming Pink raised by esteemed Australian nurseryman Dennis Norgate. Most richly scented, pure white, double flowers on fine nodding stems over loose buns of uncommonly pale, grey-green, needle-like foliage.

      For sunny, lean, well drained soil, possibly with some of its brethren for company or Silene ‘Robin Whitebreast’ for a perfumed alabaster duet.

      A reliable and floriferous favourite.

  • Iris
    • x barbata Elegant Purple (TB)   CAG02842
      Height80cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Probably an old Tall Bearded Iris hybrid from the early 1900's. A vigorous and reliable early flowerer, its blue-purple blooms, on branching, slender stems, are more graceful and elegant than modern, flamboyant varieties, and with tighter clumps of narrower leaves it is a better proportioned fit for informal gardens or as a gentler compliment to stark architecture.

      Of particular merit is its tolerance of shade, where it is the only variety I have yet to encounter that flowers well and keeps attractive foliage.

      For well drained soil. Summer irrigation is completely unnecessary but mulch and the excessive winter dampness it encourages is tolerated poorly.

  • Lathyrus
    • odoratus ‘High Scent’   CAG02804

      (Sweet pea)
      Height2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A modern Sweet pea considered to be one of the most strongly scented. The vigorous plants bear an abundance of large creamy flowers edged in lavender throughout spring and well into summer if given the chance. Remove the spent plants once the seeds have scattered or been harvested.

      Self seeds reliably and performs brilliantly without irrigation although a few drinks late in the season will greatly extend flowering. Happy in any soil from sand to clay that is preferably alkaline (pH > 7).

      Scatter a few seeds around, preferably near something for them climb on or else they make a lovely weed suppressing ground cover, for an instant cottage garden.

      Each packet contains 20+ seeds, enough to cover the average suburban fence.

  • Matthiola
    • incana White perennial   CAG01740

      (Perennial white stock)
      Height80cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A perennial form of the common garden stock.

      Highly perfumed single white flowers are born in fat spikes emerging from silver rosettes of lance shaped foliage carried on woody stems and becoming shrubby with age though after several years becoming too woody, or you can make the most of the seuss-like effect, and then best removed to make way for the plentiful seedlings that usually appear.

      Leaner more exposed positions give more attractive and lasting results but easily grown in any well drained soil, adores alkaline coastal sand. Summer irrigation unnecessary.
      An essential in cottage style or Victorian period gardens.

      Scratch seeds into any bare sunny soil in autumn with the onset of winter rain.
      Each pack contains at least 50+ seeds.

  • Cyclamen
    • persicum   CAG02334
      Height20cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonWi - Sp
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Cyclamen persicum
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      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.

  • 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.
    • barbatus ‘Isabella Rose’   CAG01380
      Height50cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An evergreen, mounding perennial or biennial. The narrowly lance shaped, satiny green, bugundy-black tinted leaves, variably streaked in cool white are borne in tight rosettes on red stems to form quite large, dense mounds. Throughout the warmer months simple, rounded flowers of darkest satin red-black are held among fine white bracts, in flat heads, on slender, erect, sparsely leaved stems.
      Tough and as easy to grow as most Dianthus, merely needing well drained soil and sun to thrive. Just don't crowd them with other plants

      A plant of an exciting colour combination that we are proud to say is our own introduction, discovered in our nursery in 2000.

    • ‘Cherry Queen’   CAG00201
      Height45cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp / Au
      WaterM
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A clump forming, evergreen perennial. Highly decorative, intensely glaucous, grey-blue, stiff, strappy foliage. Frequently throughout spring and autumn, sprays of double, pink carnation flowers with attractive dark red markings, are produced. Dead head to promote flowering. Cut back hard when it becomes leggy. All dianthus are extremely tough.

    • ‘Pink Parasol’   CAG01706
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Small, satin pink flowers with reflexed petals appear like tiny umbrellas stiffly held above the shrubby mound of linear, silver-blue, glaucous leaves.

      Highly floriferous in any well drained very sunny soil. Cut back after flowering to keep fresh and dense.

    • ‘Raspberry Parfait’   CAG01553
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

    • ‘Watercolour’   CAG00213
      Height10cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonAll
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Dianthus ‘Watercolour’
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      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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