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  • Anemopsis
    • californica   CAG02413

      (Yerba mansa)
      Height30cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterH
      LightSun
      Anemopsis californica
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      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.

  • Cistus
    • ladanifer ‘Bennett's White’   CAG00992
      Height2m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Many that consider themselves familiar with the Rockrose let a little gasp escape when seeing this in bloom for the first time. Despite the species being the most famed, and possibly the most drought loving given its distribution through much of the Mediterranean and northern Africa, it seems little grown in this country.

      Huge, creped, pure white, five petalled, saucer shaped flowers, centred with a showy golden boss of stamens (looking like poached eggs), are borne abundantly from plump buds over glossy, dark green, lanceolate foliage, held sparsely enough so as not to hide the richly caramel stems, sticky to the touch and pleasingly aromatic (see Labdanum). Becoming a sizable shrub and ground hugging with time as the branches gradually bow under the weight of successive upright new growth.

      This select form lacks the prominent wine stain spots on each petal that is characteristic of the species.

      Easily grown in any well drained, preferably unirrigated, sunny soil. The more exposure the better with any shade impacting performance and density, though even poorly grown it will still impress.

      I find this is much more palatable, than other species, to gardeners to which the beauty of the garrigue does not appeal.

  • Cleome
    • hassleriana   CAG00179

      (Spider flower)
      Height1.8m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A large and glorious, long blooming, summer growing annual from southern South America. Forming a stiffly branched open shrub, with large, hairy, palmate leaves and bearing all summer and autumn whorls of pink, purple or white, four petalled flowers with long extending stamens, spidery in effect.

      Sow just below the surface in any well drained sunny soil in late winter or early spring while temperatures are still fluctuating but the danger of frost has passed (oscillating temperatures are needed for germination). Alternatively they can be started off in small pots, from which they transplant very well when young.

      Will self sow in bare well drained soil.

      Each pack contains in excess of 50+ seeds.

  • 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.

  • 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.
    • ‘Norgate's White’   CAG00208
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A charming Pink raised by esteemed Australian nurseryman Dennis Norgate. Most richly scented, pure white, double flowers on fine nodding stems over loose buns of uncommonly pale, grey-green, needle-like foliage.

      For sunny, lean, well drained soil, possibly with some of its brethren for company or Silene ‘Robin Whitebreast’ for a perfumed alabaster duet.

      A reliable and floriferous favourite.

  • Dietes
  • Geranium
    • macrorrhizum ‘Album’   CAG00930
      Height15cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A semi-evergreen perennial, forming low mat-like clumps of glossy, deeply lobed, rounded leaves. Throughout the warmer months, particularly in spring, small white saucer shaped flowers, with pink stamens, open from ruby coloured buds, atop short slender stems. Cut back when tired for a burst of fresh growth. Quick growing and very reliable. For any moist, lightly shaded position.

  • Nemophila
    • maculata   CAG02448

      (Fivespot)
      Height15cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Nemophila maculata
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A lovely self seeding Californian annual with clumps of scalloped, pale green, ferny leaves. Bearing throughout spring a profusion of white, saucer shaped flowers, of which each of five petals proudly wears a purple spot near it's tip. The apt moniker of Fivespot needs no explanation at the sight of a single flower.

      Scratch seeds into bare sunny soil during autumn or early winter.

      Light shade is tolerated and may lengthen flowering.

      Excellent in pots as an alternative to, or in combination with, Pansies and Violas.

      Each packet contains 50+ seeds minimum.

  • Pelargonium
    • echinatum   CAG01324
      Height40cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Pelargonium echinatum
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A summer deciduous South African species forming a low mound of slightly spiny, silvery green, succulent branches densely clothed through the cooler months with felty, grey-green, scalloped leaves. White five petalled flowers, with prominent dark red blotches, age slowly to rosy pink and are borne in large circular clusters on slender stems during spring.

      Easily grown in unirrigated, well drained, sunny soil. Tolerant of only light frost.

      Exceedingly lovely in harsh conditions or as specimen in a large pot where its summer habit can be most appreciated.

      Excess summer moisture will result in an early demise of this otherwise very long lived albeit relatively slow growing plant.

  • Rhodanthemum
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