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  • Iris
    • x barbata Elegant Purple (TB)   CAG02842
      Height80cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Probably an old Tall Bearded Iris hybrid from the early 1900's. A vigorous and reliable early flowerer, its blue-purple blooms, on branching, slender stems, are more graceful and elegant than modern, flamboyant varieties, and with tighter clumps of narrower leaves it is a better proportioned fit for informal gardens or as a gentler compliment to stark architecture.

      Of particular merit is its tolerance of shade, where it is the only variety I have yet to encounter that flowers well and keeps attractive foliage.

      For well drained soil. Summer irrigation is completely unnecessary but mulch and the excessive winter dampness it encourages is tolerated poorly.

  • Watsonia
    • aletroides   CAG01174

      (Shrimp plant)
      Height1.2m
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Watsonia aletroides
      for $7.00earn 100 points

      Tubular, pale mouthed, coral flowers are artfully staggered to one side of slender vertical stems above a dense clump of red edged, sword-like leaves. A South African bulb (corm) that is summer deciduous and therefore eminently drought hardy, in fact a dry rest is essential.

      Stunning thrusting from between the simple mounds of cool coloured staples, Catmint, Lavender, and maybe a few of the Dutch Iris ‘Wedgwood’ that flowers simultaneously.

      Easily grown in any very sunny summer dry soil, heavy soils and wet feet in winter are tolerated and may even be preferred.

  • Astelia
    • chathamica   CAG00112
      Height80cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterH - M
      LightLight Shade
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      From the perpetually cool Chatham Islands this plant could be expected to be as heat tolerant as an ice block but given constantly moist soil and and a sheltered but not too shady site it can make an impressive clump of keeled, silver, sword-like leaves. Alternatively you can admire it's rigid metallic form in a pot, preferably wildly glazed for a space age look.

      Inconsequential flowers borne amongst the foliage are reputably followed by bright red fruit, though I've yet to see them.

      Slow growing so best left undisturbed until your thirst for more demands division.

  • 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.

  • Iris
    • albicans   CAG00705

      (Flag Iris)
      Height60cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Iris albicans
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An exceptional Iris, performing reliably in all but the shadiest of gardens, and having both beautiful flowers and valuable foliage.
      The sturdy stems of strongly scented, white flag iris flowers are are held above compact clumps of sword-like, grey-green leaves.

      Under favourable conditions it will repeat bloom several times throughout the year.

      As with all Iris feed well and avoid high nitrogen fertilizers.
      Prefers a well drained, alkaline soil and thrives in coastal conditions.

      Used to great effect in large drifts, mass plantings or as edgings, due to the neat foliage. The perfect companion for Iris germanica ‘Nepalensis’, a stunning combination.

      Extensively used by the landscaping industry, it is available bare rooted in any quantity.
      Trade enquiries welcome.

    • kochii   CAG00706

      (Flag Iris)
      Height60cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSp / Au
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Iris kochii
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An exceptional Iris, performing reliably in all but the shadiest of gardens, and having both beautiful flowers and valuable foliage.
      The sturdy stems of strongly scented, regal purple, flag iris flowers are are held above compact clumps of sword-like, grey-green leaves.

      Under favourable conditions it will repeat bloom several times throughout the year.

      As with all Iris feed well and avoid high nitrogen fertilizers.
      Prefers a well drained, alkaline soil and thrives in coastal conditions.

      Used to great effect in large drifts, mass plantings or as edgings, due to the neat foliage, and is often combined with Iris albicans for a stunning combination.

      Extensively used by the landscaping industry, it is available bare rooted in any quantity.
      Trade enquiries welcome.

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