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  • Arum
  • Brillantaisia
    • ulugurica   CAG00573
      Height2m
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterH - M
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A bold, moisture loving perennial from tropical east Africa that makes a large stand of erect, square stems with alternate pairs of large, corrugated leaves and topped with airy racemes of bright blue-lavender, hooded and lipped flowers.
      Stunning when well grown and very salviaesque.

      Best grown in a sheltered site (localized humidity) with rich, moist, well drained soil but very durable to all but frost which even then it will usually come back from, insulating the base with a loose straw mulch might make the difference in the coldest areas, otherwise a cutting in the kitchen window makes good insurance.

      Prune as necessary when in active growth.

  • Buddleja
    • davidii ‘Harlequin’   CAG03027
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A sport of B. ‘Royal Red’ with variegated leaves irregularly margined in pale cream. As you might expect a little shelter from midday summer sun may be necessary to prevent scorch of variegated parts but otherwise it is almost as overtly vigorous as it progenitor, quickly forming a dense shrub with greyish lance shaped leaves and fat panicles of tiny ruby coloured flowers that are attractive to butterflies.

      For when a little more pop is desired.
      Remove any all green branches to curb their domination over the less photosynthetic.

      Easily grown in any reasonably drained soil with regular summer water.

  • 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

    • ‘Bowles' Mauve’   CAG02432
      for $7.00earn 35 points

    • 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.

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