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  • Cosmos
    • bipinnatus ‘Sensation’   CAG02454
      Height1.2m
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      An outstanding summer annual from Mexico to South America, bearing large, saucer shaped, daisy flowers in shades of pink and white atop sturdy, feathery leaved, many branched stems, which pick beautifully.

      Classic cottage garden, the perfect cure for bedding plant fatigue. Big, blowzy and show stopping.

      Scratch seeds into bare sunny soil any time once it has warmed in spring. Early sowings will be the most robust but a late summer sowing will continue flowering well into autumn.

      Each pack contains a minimum of 50+ seeds.

  • Verbena
    • x hybrida ‘Homestead Purple’   CAG00709
      Height20cm
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      Verbena x hybrida ‘Homestead Purple’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Singularly outstanding.

      From a dense mat of dark green, hairy, scalloped leaves on slender, rooting stems, is borne, throughout the warmer months, an endless profusion of stunningly vibrant, purple blooms in circular clusters.

      The hybrid Verbena to which all others fail to measure up. It's vigour and propensity for producing new buds in each flower cluster, greatly extending its lifespan, make it one of the highest performance perennials in any garden. Dig bits up in early spring and plant them everywhere.

      Remove spent stems in autumn to make way for the robust winter and spring vegetative growth from which next seasons flowering growth will extend.

      Relatively tolerant of dry conditions but needs a modicum of summer water to flower well. For best performance avoid thick layers of mulch which prevent new root production from the trailing stems.

  • Dalea
    • purpurea   CAG02646

      (Purple prairie clover)
      Height60cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp / Au
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Wand like stems lightly dressed in small divided leaves spring from a deep perennial taproot and are topped with small cone like heads of bright magenta flowers. Found throughout central North America and a natural component of the tall grass prairies, it is an appealing companion for your choice grasses, I might suggest Little blue stem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and/or Big blue stem (Andropogon gerardii) which are both natural and stunning associations, scatter it through a gravel garden to exemplify its form or simply mass it for a swathe of unadulterated summer colour.

      A nitrogen fixing legume well regarded for its ability to thrive in hot dry summers and poor soils in its native home. I will reserve my judgement until I have known it a little longer but strongly suspect we have a winner.

      Winter dormant and attractive in seed. For any sunny reasonably well drained soil, some amount of summer irrigation will be appreciated.

  • 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.

  • Gaillardia
    • x grandiflora ‘Matthew Dyson’   CAG01443
      Height30cm
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Matthew Dyson’
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A glorious perennial cultivar found by us many moons ago amongst a batch of seedlings.
      The marmalade blooms, daisy-like with pinked petals (technically ray florets), vary in their shade of citrus through the year, from glowing tangerine in spring and autumn, fading to buff lemon over summer and always paling toward the rim. Abundant in bloom like all Gaillardia, and just as tolerant of heat and drought, the flowers hover over a weed suppressing blanket of silvery green leaves.

      Self seeds gently, mostly coming true with a few of the typical red and yellow.

      Cut back to the new basal growth as it emerges in winter or spring to maintain a semblance of tidiness.

      Best in well drained soils or sand, Gaillardia struggle in compacted, damp clay.

  • Gaura
    • lindheimeri   CAG00250
      Height1.2m
      Width90cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterL - M
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A tough, hardy, clumping perennial, for full sun. One of the easiest plants to grow. Mounds of narrow, dark green, red spotted leaves produce, throughout the warmer months, tall wands of delicate white butterfly shaped flowers that sway in the slightest breeze.
      After flowering, or any time it's in need of a clean up, cut back to ground level. It will quickly regrow.

      An etremely tough plant tolerating all sorts of physical abuse (eg. being driven over, mowed, poisoned etc.) as well as complete summer dryness.
      Generally self seeds where happy, so cut back before seed fall if you find this undesirable.

    • lindheimeri Pink   CAG00251
      Height80cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterL - M
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A tough, hardy, clumping perennial, for full sun. One of the easiest plants to grow. Mounds of narrow, spotted, red to green leaves produce, throughout the warmer months, tall wands of lipstick pink, butterfly shaped flowers that sway in the slightest breeze.
      After flowering, or any time it's in need of a clean up, cut back to ground level. It will quickly regrow.

      An etremely tough plant tolerating all sorts of physical abuse (eg. being driven over, mowed, poisoned etc.) as well as complete summer dryness.
      Generally self seeds where happy, so cut back before seed fall if you find this undesirable.

  • Mimulus

    (Monkey flowers)
    Scrophulariaceae

    • aurantiacus   CAG00482

      (Sticky monkey flower) syn. Diplacus aurantiacus
      Height60cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Mimulus aurantiacus
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A sensational and drought tolerant shrubby perennial from southern California. Pairs of slightly sticky dark green leaves clothe the soft scrambling stems and are joined in spring and summer by a endless profusion of widely flared, pale apricot, trumpet shaped flowers.

      During the heat and dry conditions of summer the leaves slowly roll up to conserve moisture, to the gardener uninitiated in the ways of drought tolerant plants this would seem to demand a good watering but such action will sooner or later lead to the untimely demise of this beautiful plant.

      Quick growing and happy in any soil with at least reasonable drainage.

      At their happiest with light summer shade where the flowering period is greatly extended.

      Perfect for planting beneath unirrigated roses for a world of unique colour combinations.

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