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  • Lotus
    • berthelotii   CAG02935
      Height10cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Lotus berthelotii
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A stunning perennial groundcover now extinct in its native home the Canary Islands. The soft, trailing mat of whorled, grey-green linear leaves smothers in fiery clusters of red and orange beak-like flowers throughout spring.

      A quick growing, nitrogen fixing legume, traditionally regarded as a potted annual. In our ideal climate it also a hardy groundcover for well drained, sunny sites and is at its best in alkaline sand. Simulate its natural habitat by draping it down a limestone retaining wall or cliff, or just mass it for unbridled colour.

      Somewhat deciduous over summer, when over watering usually proves fatal. Frost tender. Easily propagated by cuttings.

  • Penstemon

    (Beardtongue)
    Plantaginaceae

    A North American genus consisting of mostly drought and heat tolerant clumping perennials or sub-shrubs with tubular flowers. There are many spectacular species and cultivars in a wide range of colours from white through pink, red, purple and a few yellows but most notably blues of a luminosity rarely found in other genera.

    Wild species tend to be more heat and drought tolerant than English hybrids developed for milder climates, though all demand ample sunlight and excellent drainage, preferably with poor soil.
    • ‘Willy's Purple’   CAG02795
      Height1.2m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A uniquely robust Australian cultivar with tall, very erect reddish stems clothed at right angles with slightly toothed lance shaped leaves that become pubescent and greyish by the time nodding spikes of dusky purple, white throated, trumpet shaped flowers begin to appear.

      More durable and heat resistant than most and with P. ‘Andenken an Friedrich Hahn’ likely to be the only European hybrid types offered in future.

      Easily grown in any well drained sunny soil with leaner conditions providing more blooms and greater longevity, though at least occasional irrigation will be required in summer, winter wetness is the enemy.

  • Tephrosia
    • grandiflora   CAG01402
      Height1m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAll
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A leguminous shrub from southern Africa quietly performing irrespective of soil, drought or negligence. Soft magenta, 2cm, pea flowers are borne sparsely but continuously on a loosely branched shrub with dark green pinnate leaves.

      Short lived (3-4 years) but self sowing, it can add interest and spot of colour to just about any planting without stealing the show. Try it in a medley with some other go to "weeds", Leonotis leonurus, Gaura lindheimeri and Verbena bonariensis for an unirrigated wild garden that is hard to beat.

      Easily grown anywhere with half decent drainage. Summer irrigation optional.

  • Buddleja
    • davidii ‘Black Knight’   CAG00141
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A hardy, quick growing, evergreen, butterfly attracting shrub, with pairs of white backed, lance shaped leaves clothing the woody stems. Dense, conical sprays of small, tubular, four petalled flowers of the deepest blue purple.
      Trim lightly after each flush of flowers or it can be pruned back to ground level while in active growth to encourage vigorous new basal shoots.

      One of the choicer cultivars.

    • davidii ‘Royal Red’   CAG00143
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A hardy, quick growing, evergreen, butterfly attracting shrub, with pairs of white backed, lance shaped leaves clothing the woody stems. Dense, conical sprays of small, tubular, four petalled flowers of an unusual wine red shade.

      Trim lightly after each flush of flowers or it can be pruned back to ground level while in active growth to encourage vigorous new basal shoots.

      As close to red as a Buddleja gets. One of my favourites.

    • davidii White   CAG00144
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A hardy, quick growing, evergreen, butterfly attracting shrub, with pairs of white backed, lance shaped leaves clothing the woody stems. Dense, conical sprays of small, tubular, four petalled white flowers.
      Trim lightly after each flush of flowers or it can be pruned back to ground level while in active growth to encourage vigorous new basal shoots.

    • ‘Pink Delight’   CAG00142
      Height2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Buddleja ‘Pink Delight’
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An attractive, evergreen, medium sized shrub. A quick grower with dark green silver backed leaves paired along stiff woody stems. Dense sprays of tubular, mid pink flowers are produced on mass on and off throughout the warmer months.
      Trim lightly after each flush of flowers or it can be pruned back to ground level while in active growth to encourage vigorous new basal shoots.
      Butterfly attracting.

      Smaller growing and more compact than most of the other B. davidii types.

  • Cosmos
    • diversifolius   CAG00185
      Height45cm
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonAu - Sp
      WaterM
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Cosmos diversifolius
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An exceptionally vigorous winter flowering groundcover of Mexican origin whose soft pink daisy-like flowers and flowing mounds of lush, lacy foliage make for choice filler between warm season shrubs, particularly Roses, where it will appreciate the offered shelter during summer and mask any awkwardity in their off season, when it shines.

      Easily grown in any reasonably drained soil. Not drought tolerant but not a high water user either as it is at a low ebb during the heat, though I suspect in more humid regions it would romp year round but maybe not else it should be more commonly encountered. Cut back hard in spring or as needed and the shallow rooted stems are easily removed by hand. Somewhat frost tolerant but probably not great in the coldest areas.

  • Crotalaria
    • semperflorens   CAG00795
      Height4m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonWinter
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Crotalaria semperflorens
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An ultra fast growing, tree-like, leguminous shrub with large, softly hairy, elliptical leaves bearing dense spikes of sweetly perfumed, bright yellow, 3cm, pea-like flowers in early winter, which are followed by large inflated seed pods that explode loudly during warm spring days.

      Reaches full size of 3-4m within 2 years, with an expected lifespan of 3-4 years.

      Self seeds freely, which is handy as you look forward to it's spectacular display each year.

      Must be planted as a seedling. Seedling stage lasts only a few weeks so is rarely offered.

  • Furcraea
    • foetida   CAG01463

      (Mauritias hemp, Giant cabuya)
      Height2m
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightSun - Shade
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A fast growing, sensationally hardy garden sculpture, also useful as a source of low grade fibre for ropes and twine around the home. The single three metre wide symmetrical rosette of stiffly held, sword-like, green, leathery leaves produces, in maturity (typically 3-5 years), a towering seven metre tall many branched flower spike that bears hundreds of pendant, greenish-cream, goblet-like flowers followed by plump bulbils that are easily detached and replanted for large scale greenscaping. As it is monocarpic (it dies after flowering) it can be useful for temporary fill or scale while more permanent plants are still growing or else replace it with one of its progeny for greater dynamics.

      All the glory of a large Agave without the time commitment, sans spines and suckering.

      From South America and the Caribbean and looking equally at home in xeric, mediterranean or tropical styled gardens. Unkillable in any soil that receives at least a few drinks a year. Tolerant of light frosts. Survives shade and/or copious water but will be prone to toppling when in flower.

      A pitiful pot subject unless it can get its roots in the ground.

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