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  • Anethum
    • graveolens   CAG02805

      (Dill)
      Height1.2m
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Anethum graveolens
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A culinary herb grown throughout Europe and much of Asia the fresh leaves, flowers and stems are typically used to flavour fish and vegetables, in soups and of course to flavour Dill pickles. The dried seeds can be used in a similar fashion, store well and so are available for use year round.

      A very hardy, winter growing annual in Perth and best scratched in directly where it is to grow in autumn or early winter when the weather has cooled down, irrigation is unnecessary. Colder regions may have to resort to spring sowing. The rosette of soft, feathery, glaucous leaves elongates on a stiff hollow stem over the course of the growing season to be topped in spring by branching, flat, umbrella-like heads of soft sulphur yellow flowers. Attractive and lends a little whimsy to any garden.
      The dried seed heads can remain attractive long after the seeds have fallen or been collected.

      Self sows freely in any bare soil that receives copious sunshine. If you can resist eating it all you too can have a self sustaining population.

  • Artemisia
    • abrotanum   CAG02981

      (Southernwood, Lad's love)
      Height90cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A stiff mounding shrub with lacy, grey-green leaves surrounding reddish stems. Upright when young becoming denser and shrubbier with annual pruning to remove the wand-like stems of pale sulphur, button-like flowers which offer little interest other than than seasonally pleasing vertical accent. Found wild through much of southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

      Quite dark in active growth during the cooler months, greyer in summer, it can make a stunning counterpoint to silver leaved plants and offers potential for clipping into fuzzy balls, low informal hedges or parterre.

      Perfectly hardy to heat, drought and frost in any well drained soil with maximum sun. Too much shade, moisture or rich soil turns it into a pointless green thing.

      Might actually be A. camphorata if such a thing exists.

    • ‘Parfum d'Ethiopia’   CAG03071
      for $7.00earn 35 points

  • Ruta
  • Teucrium
    • marum   CAG01680

      (Cat thyme)
      Height25cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Teucrium marum
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A small, very silver, pungently aromatic sub-shrub from the western Mediterranean, happiest in exposed dry soil and perfect for edging or parterre. Many short wands of soft magenta, two lipped flowers lend the stiffly twigged mounds, clothed in tiny, silver, rhomboidal leaves, a dreamy quality during late spring.

      Easily grown in any well drained sunny site. Summer irrigation unnecessary.
      A quick annual tidy up after flowering, to remove the spent stems, keeps it looking attractive over summer. Older plants can be cut back to the point of new basal growth in late winter to rejuvenate them.

      As its common name infers it is often adored by feline denizens of the garden, boon or bane depending on you point of view, and their wallowing and mauling can leave it a little worse for wear but seldom proves fatal.

  • Thymus
    • praecox subsp. britannicus   CAG03026

      syn. T. pseudolanuginosus (Woolly thyme)
      Height2cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The most robust of the creeping Thymes here, forming a bluish grey-green carpet of tiny silver haired leaves and studded with clusters of lilac pink flowers in spring. Lightly citrus scented but with little flavour.

      For trailing down walls, limestone preferably so as it can take root, between pavers and perhaps the most likely candidate for a Thyme lawn. Plusher and more dry loving than the glossy green T serpyllum and an excellent pot subject.

      Easily grown in any well drained sunny soil, happiest on the dry side but too mu\ch drought leads to bald spots as too will wet shade.

  • Agastache
    • foeniculum   CAG01835

      (Anise hyssop, Licorice mint)
      Height1.2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A vigorous, clumping, Winter dormant perennial. Strong, square, stiffly erect stems, bear pairs of dark green, softly textured, sharply toothed, broadly lance shaped leaves which are strongly scented of licorice. All Summer and Autumn fat spikes of purple, tubular flowers are borne in great profusion to the delight of many nectar feeding insects.

      Cut to the ground in Autumn or enjoy the seed heads over Winter.

      Great for the tall border, or the back of a shorter one, perhaps with Salvia azurea and Monarda fistulosa.
      The fast growing mounds of leaves in Spring are alone, enough to make it worthy of garden space.

    • foeniculum ‘Aurea’   CAG01738
      Height1m
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Not quite as vigorous as the species the chartreuse coloured leaves of this variety make it all the more valuable as a foliage plant.

      Try a few in a bed of Delphinium ‘Blue Butterfly’ and Nepeta subsessilis for cool effect, add a backdrop of Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ (Golden hop) and Ipomoea ‘Scarlett O'Hara’ for a little more oomph.

  • Anemopsis
    • californica   CAG02413

      (Yerba mansa)
      Height30cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterH
      LightSun
      Anemopsis californica
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Rosettes of paddle shaped, waxy looking leaves, spicily fragrant when crushed, slowly form large colonies from which arise slender stemmed, pure white, cone centred flowers that stain red with age and vaguely resemble an Anemone or Echinacea.

      Both beautiful and seemingly delicate, it is native to seeps and springs in the deserts of the North American South West and is perfectly at home with blistering heat, frost, salinity and periodic drying out. Practically indestructible, "the" pond/dam plant for gardens where lesser aquatics fail and a beautiful addition to water gardens everywhere else. For shallow water or even a moist spot in the garden.

      Cut to ground level once the foliage has died back in autumn to make way for the new seasons growth..

      Not to be confused with Anemonopsis the delicate woodland plant.

  • Escallonia
    • illinita   CAG01364
      Height3m
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Seemingly not very exciting this evergreen from Chile forms a semi-lax shrub whose stiff, slender branches are loosely clothed with small, wavy, elliptic, satiny, green leaves and carry short panicles of small, tubular, white flowers. Though quietly appealing it is the fallen foliage that emits a pleasing curry like aroma when crushed or walked on that makes it an attractive low input candidate for planting besides paths or seating areas in formal or informal gardens.

      Easily grown in any well drained but not too rich or moist soil in all but the most exposed sites. Appreciates a little summer water in Perth but in cooler regions should be fine with none. Prunes well and could even make an informal hedge but is otherwise happy to be left alone for many years.

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