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  • 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.

    • belladonna Deep pink   CAG02331
      Height40cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Clusters of deep magenta-pink, widely flaring trumpet-like flowers pop up on juicy stalks at the end of summer to be followed by tidy clumps of strappy dark green leaves that emerge from plump papery tuniced bulbs.

      More richly coloured flowers and lower, narrower foliage than typical A. belladonna fare, I suppose this to have some Nerine influence (x Amarine maybe) or it may just be natural variability within the species.

      Summer dormant and indestructibly hardy, grows anywhere in anything and lives forever. My mother found this years ago sitting on clay pan, in standing water (not recommended), surrounded by horses, a relic of early settlement given the size of the clump. Native to southern Africa.

  • Campanula

    (Bellflowers)
    Campanulaceae

  • Cistus
    • creticus   CAG01562

      (Hoary rock rose)
      Height1m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A dome-like shrub of stiffly upright stems clothed in small, crinkly grey edged, broadly lance shaped leaves and bearing 5cm soft pink five petalled flowers that appear to be in need of a good ironing.

      Texturally very different to more laterally branched varieties of Cistus and with a more rigid feel that contrasts well with the softness of many mediterranean furries.

      From the eastern Mediterranean and easily grown in any well drained sunny soil, probably best to avoid summer irrigation but a drink or two in spring and autumn may be appreciated.

    • crispus   CAG00846
      Height40cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A ground hugger densely clothed with elliptical, grey-green, velvety leaves and smothering in cerise coloured flowers with five lightly creped petals. From the south western Mediterranean basin.

      An extremely useful growth habit with a more solid and definitive form than the similarly scaled C. x skanbergii. Plant with other low growing quintessential Mediterraneans, Nepeta, Origanum, Lavandula, Ballota, Santolina for a stunning and indulgently texture rich garden, you could even add other Cistus, especially C. creticus with its similar flowers but distinctly different growth.

      For any well drained sunny soil, summer irrigation optional.

  • Clarkia
    • amoena   CAG02855

      (Farewell to spring)
      Height30cm
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A Californian annual renowned for its late flowering in dry conditions when all else is near it's end. The showy, two toned, rosy pink, poppy-like flowers are liberally produced on slender stems lightly clothed in mid green, lance shaped leaved.

      While it might appear like a delicate cottage plant it is nonetheless at home in mediterranean climates and poor soils where it will hopefully self sow for encore performances in following years.

      Scratch into bare sunny soil in autumn or early winter.

      Each pack contains 50+ seeds.

  • Cleome
    • hassleriana   CAG00179

      (Spider flower)
      Height1.8m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A large and glorious, long blooming, summer growing annual from southern South America. Forming a stiffly branched open shrub, with large, hairy, palmate leaves and bearing all summer and autumn whorls of pink, purple or white, four petalled flowers with long extending stamens, spidery in effect.

      Sow just below the surface in any well drained sunny soil in late winter or early spring while temperatures are still fluctuating but the danger of frost has passed (oscillating temperatures are needed for germination). Alternatively they can be started off in small pots, from which they transplant very well when young.

      Will self sow in bare well drained soil.

      Each pack contains in excess of 50+ seeds.

  • Cosmos
    • bipinnatus ‘Sensation’   CAG02454
      Height1.2m
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      An outstanding summer annual from Mexico to South America, bearing large, saucer shaped, daisy flowers in shades of pink and white atop sturdy, feathery leaved, many branched stems, which pick beautifully.

      Classic cottage garden, the perfect cure for bedding plant fatigue. Big, blowzy and show stopping.

      Scratch seeds into bare sunny soil any time once it has warmed in spring. Early sowings will be the most robust but a late summer sowing will continue flowering well into autumn.

      Each pack contains a minimum of 50+ seeds.

  • 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.

  • Cyrtanthus
    • 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.

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