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  • Campanula

    (Bellflowers)
    Campanulaceae

    • rapunculoides   CAG00157
      Height1m
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      Campanula rapunculoides
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A clump forming, evergreen, perennial. Rosettes of long(15cm), arrow shaped, serrated edged leaves, spread by runners to form small patches(1m). During the warmer months tall(1m) spikes of pendant, blue-lavender, bell shaped flowers are produced. One of the hardiest and best Campanulas in our condition's. Requires lime.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • Collinsia
    • heterophylla   CAG02464

      (Chinese houses)
      Height45cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A Californian annual of remarkable and unusual beauty. Whorls of bi-tone, purple and white, lupin-like flowers are tiered on slender stems, narrowing towards the top, pagoda style. They are borne in great abundance on delicate plants with small triangular leaves.

      One of the few winter annuals that prefers a lightly shaded position, where they will flower longest, though they grow happily in full sun as well.

      Scratch into bare, well drained soil in autumn or early winter where they should self sow the following year.

      Excellent in a pot, especially when combined with other Californian annuals.

      Each pack contains, at the bare minimum, 50+ seeds.

  • Erysimum

    (Wallflower)
    Brassicaceae

    • linifolium ‘Variegatum’   CAG03116
      for $7.00earn 35 points

    • scoparium   CAG01640

      (Teide wallflower)
      Height45cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAll
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Erysimum scoparium
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A charming Wallflower from the Canary Islands, which once grown will convince you that all others are inferior.

      Ever-blooming spikes of small lilac flowers on slender stems hover above fine, grey-green foliage, forming a low dense shrub considerably wider than it is tall. Ideal at the foot of bare legged Roses or other shrubs, breaking up the edge of paths, driveways, car parks or anywhere a high tolerance of reflected heat is required. Looks good when planted with absolutely anything, though other Mediterranean type plants like Euphorbia characias, Cistus or Ballota may be more ideologically appropriate.

      At home with summer drought and poor, very sunny, well drained, alkaline soil, it will none the less grow quite happily in all but the wettest, shadiest sites.

      Undemanding in terms of maintenance, spent flower heads virtually disappear, an occasional light trim will sharpen it's outline, otherwise prune as required.

  • Gilia
    • tricolor   CAG02453

      (Birds eyes)
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Gilia tricolor
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A self sowing Californian annual that parades all spring, into summer, masses of 1cm, five petalled, almost circular flowers, delicately coloured a soft mauve fading to white towards a dark centre which is accented by dainty pale blue stamens. Each a work of art in miniature complimented by lacy soft green foliage.

      Does well in a pot to replace or compliment gaudy modern hybrid annuals or could even be planted with other Californians.

      Scratch into bare sunny soil, where they are to grow, in autumn or winter.

      Each pack contains a generous 50+ seeds.

  • 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.

    • ‘Mr Brett’ (TB)   CAG01036
      Height1.2m
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Iris ‘Mr Brett’ (TB)
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A locally bred Tall Bearded of outstanding performance in low chill environments flowering spectacularly following even our warmest winters when few others dare.

      Two toned lavender and rich purple blooms on stiff stems above compact clumps of glaucous sword-like foliage.

      Easily grown in any well drained sunny soil. Irrigation after flowering is unnecessary. Do not mulch, our soils are damp enough during winter as it is.

  • Lavandula
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