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  • 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.

    • absinthium ‘Lambrook Silver’   CAG01478
      Height30cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A first class perennial from the garden of Marjorie Fish, forming a clump of lacy, gently arching, silver leaves. A valuable component of any designers palette of high impact plants, providing sufficient interest and contrast without visual competition. Panicles of pale yellow, button-like flowers are borne in summer, after which a quick cut to ground can restore order, if desired, or else wait until winter when it is semi-deciduous.

      Lower growing and more refined than the species which is found throughout Europe, western Asia and northern Africa.
      More graceful and less spreading than A. ‘Powis Castle’ but almost as indestructible and seems to be more clay tolerant. Easily grown in any well drained, sunny, lean soil. Likely to be short lived in areas with high summer humidity, a lifer everywhere else.

      Also the defining constituent of Absinthe.

    • arborescens   CAG00857

      (Tree wormwood)
      Height1.5m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An upright shrub from the Mediterranean, of irrefutable hardiness, with soft, finely dissected, silver leaves, its fluid texture sets it apart from other silver shrubs allowing for more liberal use, even by gardeners dainty of heart. As a background foil or informal hedge it is hard to beat and was once used often on fence lines to separate garden from landscape, a duty it will fulfill for decades with utter neglect but a little judicious annual pruning yields a plant of far higher calibre, at home in the most well manicured urban designs. It should be common place in carparks.

      Indestructible in any well drained sunny soil, summer irrigation is irrelevant.

      Panicles of insignificant flowers are borne in spring.

  • Cistus
    • creticus   CAG01562

      (Hoary rock rose)
      Height1m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A dome-like shrub of stiffly upright stems clothed in small, crinkly grey edged, broadly lance shaped leaves and bearing 5cm soft pink five petalled flowers that appear to be in need of a good ironing.

      Texturally very different to more laterally branched varieties of Cistus and with a more rigid feel that contrasts well with the softness of many mediterranean furries.

      From the eastern Mediterranean and easily grown in any well drained sunny soil, probably best to avoid summer irrigation but a drink or two in spring and autumn may be appreciated.

    • crispus   CAG00846
      Height40cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A ground hugger densely clothed with elliptical, grey-green, velvety leaves and smothering in cerise coloured flowers with five lightly creped petals. From the south western Mediterranean basin.

      An extremely useful growth habit with a more solid and definitive form than the similarly scaled C. x skanbergii. Plant with other low growing quintessential Mediterraneans, Nepeta, Origanum, Lavandula, Ballota, Santolina for a stunning and indulgently texture rich garden, you could even add other Cistus, especially C. creticus with its similar flowers but distinctly different growth.

      For any well drained sunny soil, summer irrigation optional.

  • Echium
  • 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.
    • chiapensis   CAG01003
      Height60cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAll
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An evergreen, shrubby perennial from Mexico. Many flowered, long, slender, arching wands of small, bright magenta pink, tubular, lipped flowers are held over glossy, green, oval shaped leaves.
      Extremely floriferous and with good ornamental foliage, this is magnificent plant for any protected position with some shade, where it will lend a lush tropical look.
      It's somewhat lax habit makes it ideal for the foot of larger plants or the top of retaining walls.

  • Weigela
    • ‘Looymansii Aurea’   CAG00668
      Height2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - H
      LightLight Shade
      Weigela ‘Looymansii Aurea’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Simply sumptuous chartreuse leaves on a quick growing deciduous shrub, a little wayward of growth which adds to the appeal, as too do the clusters of trumpet shaped, bright pink flowers that are borne in spring. The foliage is a little sun tender so light shade is recommended in all but the coolest regions but it is otherwise easy of culture with protection and adequate summer moisture.

      Undoubtedly one of the very best foliage shrubs for shade, a splendid companion for Rhododendron though they tend to look a little sombre in comparison.

  • Ageratum
    • houstonianum Perennial   CAG00079

      (Perennial Ageratum, Floss flower)
      Height1m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAll
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Ageratum houstonianum Perennial
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A robust perennial form of the common bedding annual Floss flower from Mexico and grown in Australia for many years, its origins lost in the mists of time. Forms a stiff shrub clothed in softly haired, triangular, mid green leaves, cupping in a dryer atmosphere. Tight clusters of light blue, pompom-like flowers are produced throughout the year on long stems, making it perfect for picking and very popular in the florist trade.

      Dead head and prune regularly when in active growth, never to dead wood, to promote flowering.

      Starts riots in the butterfly world, particular among Monarchs and Lesser Wanderers who find it irresistible.

      Clay soil is unacceptable, otherwise easily grown in rich well irrigated soil. Will suffer in all but the mildest frosts.

  • Amorpha
    • fruticosa   CAG01866

      (False indigo)
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A quick growing, elegant, multi stemmed, winter deciduous, leguminous shrub from eastern North America that is sure to draw comment from garden visitors. Small elliptical leaflets make up lacy foliage from which long spikes of bottlebrush-like, deep purple flowers wave languorously in late spring.

      In need of some water but otherwise very tolerant of heat and exposure.
      Irresistible to nectar feeding insects.

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