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  • Pavonia
    • missionum   CAG02408
      Height1.2m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Pavonia missionum
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Small, loose shrubs clothed with bright green, softly haired, downward pointing, cordate, oft-divided leaves are studded throughout the warmer months with small, bright scarlet, hibiscus flowers complete with prominent golden stamens.

      A delightful South American plant that rewards regular summer watering with a freshness and vigour unfazed by dry heat. Heavy frost may be a problem but volunteer seedlings that appear in spring will quickly replace their parents.

      Easily grown in any soil. Cut down to new basal growth as required.

  • Pelargonium
  • Salvia

    (Sage)
    Lamiaceae

    A genus whose popularity has risen exponentially in recent times. Offering a diverse range of form and colour there is a Salvia for nearly every garden situation with more and more being discovered and described all the time. The count now stands somewhere in excess of 1000, including subspecies, according to The Plant List. They are found on every continent except Antarctica.

    From a gardeners perspective they can not all be treated the same, they come from many different climates after all, but as a rule of thumb can be grouped into winter rainfall and summer rainfall species and with few exceptions they all prefer well drained soil.

    Soft leaved species from Central and South America are usually autumn and winter flowering. Coming from summer rainfall areas they typically need protection from dry heat and the accompanying high light intensity and they vary in their tolerance of winter damp. As with most plants the larger the leaves the more water they require, this also dictates how fast they grow with many growing several metres in a single season.

    Species from south western North America, South Africa, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands are all winter growers and are tolerant or demanding of dry heat and summer drought. Slower growing but usually longer lived these all tend to have small, densely haired, silver or grey leaves or a combination of these traits which help them conserve moisture. Most of these require no additional water in Perth and are well adapted to our climate. They tend tend to flower from spring into summer.


    Prune back to where vigorous new basal growth is seen, never to dead wood, they appear to store little food in their stems and without leaves stand a chance of starving to death or at least struggle to regenerate. The exception is those few that are tuberous or clump forming, these can be cut to ground level once the stems start dying back in late autumn.
    • roemeriana   CAG00595

      (Cedar sage)
      Height30cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightLight Shade
      Salvia roemeriana
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A charming small perennial Sage, found amongst limestone in Cedar forest, in Texas, Arizona and into Mexico. The shrubby mounds of softy haired, toothed, heart shaped, grey-green leaves, bear short, rigid stalks of bright red, hooded, two lipped, tubular flowers, endlessly throughout the warmer months. Generally dies down to a tuft of basal leaves over winter.

      Trim of the spent flower stalks to promote flowering and cut down to the point of new growth once flowering has finished in winter.

      Relatively short lived, 3-4 years, but should readily self seed in well drained soil.

      Great for naturalizing in light shade under trees where it will perform well once established, even with considerable dryness over summer.

  • Anthyllis
    • vulneraria var. coccinea   CAG02373

      (Red lady's fingers)
      Height5cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A small Leguminous (Nitrogen fixing) groundcover, widespread from Iceland to Northern Africa. This scarlet form profusely bears its clusters of pea-like flowers over a flat, dense mat of dull green, pinnate leaves that is supported by a deep central tap root.
      Charming amongst rocks, tucked into paving cracks or as a companion for diminutive bulbs, Crocus, Sternbergia etc.

      Apart from being demanding of excellent drainage it is otherwise easily grown in any soil, although it is most at home in those that are poor and calcareous (alkaline), and is tolerant of lengthy dry periods once established.

      Relatively short lived, 3-4 years, but a few volunteer seedlings can be expected as replacements.

  • Epilobium
    • canum subsp. canum   CAG02255

      (syn. Zauschneria californica)
      Height50cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A soft, grey, sub-shrub from the South West United States, where, as here, it is exceptional for flowering during the heat and drought of summer and autumn. When tubular, scarlet flowers adorn the plant profusely and are much loved by hummingbirds, or honey-eaters in our case.

      Good drainage is preferred, though heavy soils may be tolerated briefly. An occasional drink over summer will encourage flowering but is not necessary, too much and you will permanently prevent flowering and life. Probably a strictly west cost plant, it may be worth trying in the eastern states with impeccable drainage, full exposure and no irrigation, though I suspect success would be only temporary.

      Cut back to ground level during winter when new growth is seen at the base otherwise it tends to become untidy by flowering time.

      Given bare soil seedlings can appear and transplant readily. Seedlings may differ from their parents with leaves that can be silver to sage green and with flowers varying in their depth of colour. These variations can be seen in the nursery and all are lovely, in time separate clones may be selected based on arbitrary and distinct qualities.

  • Gladiolus
    • dalenii   CAG00265
      Height1.5m
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A vigorous and reliable species for the garden, producing large clumps of blue green, sword-like foliage and bearing tall spikes of pale red and yellow, trumpet shaped flowers in summer and often again in autumn. Dies down in winter to return ever more vigorously the following year.

      Found throughout the summer rainfall regions of southern and tropical Africa and very easy in the garden with regular watering in all but the heaviest of soils and making a lovely companion for Daylilies, Montbretias and Lily of the nile.

      Excellent for cutting as a Gladdy is expected to be.

  • Hibiscus
    • coccineus   CAG01217

      (Scarlet Hibiscus, Scarlet Rose Mallow, Swamp Hibiscus)
      Height2.4m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterH - M
      LightSun
      Hibiscus coccineus
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A tuberous rooted, winter dormant perennial. Sturdy rod-like stems emerge in mid-spring to be sparsely clothed with large, deeply lobed, maple-like leaves and carry branches of giant, 18cm, widely open, 5 petalled, scarlet flowers.
      Can be grown in shallow water, 5cm deep, as an unusual and spectacular pond plant, or in any sunny position that stays constantly moist.

      Cut to the ground in winter or leave the corky stems and accompanying seed pods as a seasonal sculpture.

      An exotic looking, yet remarkably easy to grow plant, that those who like giant perennials, can never get enough of.

  • Lilium
  • Salvia

    (Sage)
    Lamiaceae

    A genus whose popularity has risen exponentially in recent times. Offering a diverse range of form and colour there is a Salvia for nearly every garden situation with more and more being discovered and described all the time. The count now stands somewhere in excess of 1000, including subspecies, according to The Plant List. They are found on every continent except Antarctica.

    From a gardeners perspective they can not all be treated the same, they come from many different climates after all, but as a rule of thumb can be grouped into winter rainfall and summer rainfall species and with few exceptions they all prefer well drained soil.

    Soft leaved species from Central and South America are usually autumn and winter flowering. Coming from summer rainfall areas they typically need protection from dry heat and the accompanying high light intensity and they vary in their tolerance of winter damp. As with most plants the larger the leaves the more water they require, this also dictates how fast they grow with many growing several metres in a single season.

    Species from south western North America, South Africa, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands are all winter growers and are tolerant or demanding of dry heat and summer drought. Slower growing but usually longer lived these all tend to have small, densely haired, silver or grey leaves or a combination of these traits which help them conserve moisture. Most of these require no additional water in Perth and are well adapted to our climate. They tend tend to flower from spring into summer.


    Prune back to where vigorous new basal growth is seen, never to dead wood, they appear to store little food in their stems and without leaves stand a chance of starving to death or at least struggle to regenerate. The exception is those few that are tuberous or clump forming, these can be cut to ground level once the stems start dying back in late autumn.
    • microphylla   CAG00590
      Height1.2m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonWi / All
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      Salvia microphylla
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A small to medium, dense, evergreen shrub. Small, dark green leaves are produced in pairs on square, red and white striped stems. In winter, and to a lesser extent throughout the year, masses of bright scarlet, tubular hooded flowers are produced, which nectar feeding birds adore. Prune as desired after flowering in spring.

  • Verbena
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