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  • Agave
    • vivipara var. marginata   CAG02018
      Height1.2m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Agave vivipara var. marginata
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A quick growing variety, small enough for a large pot but large enough to make a statement, with a stiff almost harsh demeanour, useful for stark architectural style or high contrast with softer forms, especially so in groups.

      Sparse, slightly taller than spherical rosettes of very rigid, long, tapering, glaucous green leaves, generously edged with cream variegation, short, dark, marginal teeth and terminating in a short black spine.

      Spreads moderately by underground stolons and such colonies are particularly attractive but need appropriate space.

      Individual rosettes produce after many (10+) years a spectacular tree like inflorescence, the remains of which are often used in floral art, bearing thousands of erect, yellow green, tubular flowers, in tight clusters, which are much loved by nectar feeding birds and insects, and then rapidly decline and die to be succeeded by younger offsets or bulbils.

  • Buddleja
    • davidii ‘Harlequin’   CAG03027
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A sport of B. ‘Royal Red’ with variegated leaves irregularly margined in pale cream. As you might expect a little shelter from midday summer sun may be necessary to prevent scorch of variegated parts but otherwise it is almost as overtly vigorous as it progenitor, quickly forming a dense shrub with greyish lance shaped leaves and fat panicles of tiny ruby coloured flowers that are attractive to butterflies.

      For when a little more pop is desired.
      Remove any all green branches to curb their domination over the less photosynthetic.

      Easily grown in any reasonably drained soil with regular summer water.

  • Carex
    • oshimensis ‘Evergold’   CAG00166
      Height20cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - H
      LightFilt.Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A gracefully weeping, Japanese sedge forming a clump of long, gently narrowing, cream coloured leaves, margined in soft green. Bold yet subtle, as stunning in glazed pots as it is restful trailing in wild ponds and streams.
      Small, cream coloured, tassel-like flowers are borne on fine arching stems amongst the foliage to little effect.
      Highly recommended.

      No energy required, old leaves are hidden by new and it simply grows lovelier with time if left undisturbed. Better to divide and replant, rather than cut back, if you ever feel the need.

      For moist, sheltered conditions, probably happiest in not too rich of an acid soil, but otherwise easy and reliable, surviving much abuse.

  • Erysimum

    (Wallflower)
    Brassicaceae

  • Hosta
  • Yucca
    • filamentosa ‘Variegata’   CAG01605
      Height30cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A succulent that is merely an attractive clumping perennial for the garden, not a precious for the collection, with rosettes of soft sword-like glaucous leaves heavily margined in cream that tints copper with age. Grandiose panicles of hanging cream bells are held aloft during summer.
      From south eastern North America, semi deciduous here and utterly cold tolerant. Equally at home in the perennial border or simulated desertscape.

      Easily grown in any sunny, well drained soil, I find it less tolerant of wet feet in winter than many of the arborescent species. Drought tolerant but summer water is highly beneficial.

  • Asphodelus
    • aestivus   CAG02237

      (Common Asphodel, White Asphodel, Summer Asphodel, Silver rod)
      Height1m
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Asphodelus aestivus
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Profuse spikes of starry, pinkish white, blooms emerge from clumps of fleshy, very glaucous, slenderly tapering, grassy leaves produced by a succulent underground rootstock. From the Mediterranean, summer dormant and unperturbed by heat and drought.

      Easily grown in any well drained sunny position that is drier in summer.

      Unpalatable to grazing critters.

      Beautiful and romantic when planted amongst drifts of Cistus, Lavender or other silvery Mediterranean shrubs.

  • Calamagrostis
    • x acutiflora ‘Overdam’   CAG01392
      Height1.2m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A softly erect, clumping, deciduous, perennial, ornamental grass. The narrow (5mm), stemless leaves rising in dense clumps to around 80cm high, are irregularly striped, lengthwise, in pale yellow that fades to white tinged in pink. In summer and autumn soft, feathery, purple tinted, vertical flower heads, that last well into winter, are produced on stiff, slender stems held above the foliage.
      The dried flower heads and foliage can be left over winter to provide an interesting, somewhat decadent or naturalistic (depending on the planting), effect to the garden.
      Cut to the ground in late winter before new growth appears.

      A superior ornamental grass providing both colour and form without being weedy.
      Has a more difinitive presence than the more arching, weeping type grasses, to the extant that it can be used in more formal or rigid designs and makes an ideal, soft, divider or low screen between different areas in the garden.

  • Dianthus

    (Pink, Sweet william, Carnation)
    Caryophyllaceae

    The commonly encountered garden varieties are European plants of garden antiquity grown for their attractive, often perfumed, flowers which pick well. They are on the whole easily grown but demand excellent drainage and plenty of sun and are ideally suited to poor, dryer, well drained, alkaline soils. They are often encountered overgrown and root bound, tucked away in the shade, to which they are intolerant, and once purchased are good naturedly smothered with too much "good" garden practice.


    Pinks are known to all by name, which they lent to the colour, if not in person. Classic perennials of English cottage gardens. They have extensive root systems and most varieties offered are quite hardy in Perth with a good drink once a week over summer. They invariably have narrow, glaucous foliage resistant to dry air and high light intensity.

    Sweet williams (Dianthus barbatus) are biennials that will often persist for several years and typically have tall stems bearing clusters of small fringed flowers. They have broader leaves and require a bit softer conditions than the Pinks. The Nigrescens group seem the hardiest of the bunch and can become quite shrubby, potted colour varieties, often sold by the punnet, are worth growing but usually amount to little more than tender annuals.

    Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus). Those developed for the cut flower market are mostly ugly plants needing support and are best left to the dedicated enthusiast or florist. Better garden plants are the seldom seen border carnations, they have the same beautiful flowers of the florist types but are less gawky, don't need staking, are often perfumed and are almost as hardy as the pinks.
    • barbatus ‘Isabella Rose’   CAG01380
      Height50cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An evergreen, mounding perennial or biennial. The narrowly lance shaped, satiny green, bugundy-black tinted leaves, variably streaked in cool white are borne in tight rosettes on red stems to form quite large, dense mounds. Throughout the warmer months simple, rounded flowers of darkest satin red-black are held among fine white bracts, in flat heads, on slender, erect, sparsely leaved stems.
      Tough and as easy to grow as most Dianthus, merely needing well drained soil and sun to thrive. Just don't crowd them with other plants

      A plant of an exciting colour combination that we are proud to say is our own introduction, discovered in our nursery in 2000.

  • Hosta
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