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  • Andropogon
    • gerardii ‘Io Saturnalia’   CAG03125
      Height1.5m
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Andropogon gerardii ‘Io Saturnalia’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A select form of good bluish green that flowers abundantly to provide height while remaining suitably insouciant well into winter.

      A perennial grass forming a dense clump of soft, gently weeping, 5mm wide, rich blue-green foliage which quickly mounds to knee height when the slender flower stems take over, erect but not stiff and reaching 1.5m by late spring, bearing brownish turkeyfoots that add substance without opacity, a soft haze from a distance. With cold autumn weather the whole plant turns various shades of orange to yellow then soft fawn with the flowering stems holding until removed or flattened by inclement weather.

      A mass planting interspersed with other tall summer perennials, Rudbeckia laciniata and Verbena bonariensis would be ideal for a start, for a model tall grass prairie or plant as isolated clumps amongst low growers, or even just gravel, to accentuate its vase like form.

      Easily grown in any sunny soil, pointless in shade, with moisture until flowering time after which the deeply penetrating roots, which make it terribly unsuited to pot culture, enable it to survive dryness. In moist conditions it can be cut to ground level in late spring for a second coming, keeping it fresh all summer. Permanent, after a few years its girth is easily reduced with a sharp spade and after 10 years or so you may need to replant it deeper as the crown rises up on itself.

      The easiest of all grasses to maintain (15 seconds per annum), totally winter dormant with no annoying opportunistic growth. Once dormant and when desired simply remove all the previous years growth with a sweep of the hand, it detaches neatly at ground level leaving no unsightly stubble and ensuring a clean fresh start every spring.

      The longer I grow it the greater my appreciation, long lasting effortless dynamism.

  • Artemisia
    • alba ‘Canescens’   CAG00991

      syn. A. armeniaca, A. versicolor ‘Seafoam’
      Height20cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A grouncovering shrub of the utmost hardiness, forming a fine, silver, coral-like cushion, purple tinted under drought stress or in autumn before shedding its leaves over winter. Relatively slow growth yields years of undemanding beauty besides paths or scattered through boulders and is a perfect cover for summer dormant bulbs or other low plants of fine form. Tapering spires of pale yellow, button-like flowers lend an elegant effect but are of little import and, here at least, are seldom seen.

      Easily grown in any soil, or rock crevice, though not so happy in clay. Summer water unnecessary but tolerated, though not likely to last long in regions with high summer humidity. At it's best where lesser plants scorch and fry.

    • genipi   CAG01739
      Height5cm
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A diminutive wormwood from the Alps for tucking into crevices in walls and paths or as a companion for low growing Pinks and choice small bulbs, ideally close at hand for convenient petting, releasing its delightful aroma, and picking for home made aperitifs.

      Forming a charming ground hugging mat of soft, winter deciduous, tiny, divided, silver leaves with small panicles of irrelevant, pale yellow flowers in early summer.

      Strictly for very well drained soil and requiring little water.

    • princeps ‘Crabling’   CAG02319

      (Yomogi, Japanese mugwort)
      Height10cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun - Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Forming a dense creeping mat of small dark green dissected foliage Crabling makes for durable unassuming edible groundcover in awkward spots, tolerant of heavy and shallow soil, periodic wetness and drying out as well as the occasional heavy boot (possible lawn substitute). Vigorous but not quite rampant, the shallow subterranean stolons, to which it owes its durability, are fairly easy to remove if invading in areas they are unwanted.

      Winter dormant, allowing for easy clean up and weeding, ensuring a fresh look each year as well as letting in light for winter growing bulbs and annuals. In late summer taller spires of insignificant flowers add some temporary height, perhaps needed wildness, easily removed by a quick shearing/wowing which will yield fresh verdant growth in a matter of days and keep it looking good into winter.

    • princeps ‘Dynamite’   CAG02320

      (Yomogi, Japanese mugwort)
      Height1.5m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The antithesis of Crabling it explodes from winter dormancy making a mound of feathery dark green, silver backed leaves and sending skyward leafy flowering stems, bearing insignificant flowers, adding lush foliage and temporary height to the garden without stealing the limelight from showier flowering plants or fine foliaged grasses.

      Tolerant of heavy soils, periodic wet feet and dryness. It can be cut to ground level at any time resulting in a fresh crop of lush growth. Very quick growing but only sedately spreading b y its underground stolons. Shade will make it flabby.

      The form to grow if your looking for a vegetable.

  • Campanula

    (Bellflowers)
    Campanulaceae

  • Chasmanthium
    • latifolium   CAG00174

      (Sea oats, River oats) Syn. Uniola latifolia
      Height80m
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterH - M
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Chasmanthium latifolium
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A moisture loving perennial grass forming a vase shaped clump of reed like stems with gracefully arching spring green leaves, topped by early summer with panicles of dangling flattened oats which quickly turn a warm tan while the foliage remains fresh.
      If cut to ground level while still summer a second crop can be produced, just as fresh but less grand.

      Winter dormant and holds its form well initially but is very brittle, making it easier to snap down, rather than cut down, to make way for next seasons growth when you tire of it. Can self sow in moist soil (you're watering too frequently) so cut before seed drop if annoying, you will still get have at least a couple of months of interest out of the seed heads beforehand.

      Native to most of south eastern United States and easily grown in any summer moist soil and performs quite well in light shade. I favour it in separate elegant clumps rather than massed and it can be stunning in a fancy pot.

  • Hemerocallis

    (Daylilies)
    Xanthorrhoeaceae

    One of the worlds most popular garden plants, especially in the U.S. They are care free clump forming perennials with large beautiful flowers in a wide range of colours held over neat grass-like foliage. They are sensationally tough and are happy in just about any soil and climate found in Australia. They are also completely edible and in their native China are commonly consumed.

    We originally started growing and selling Daylilies in the eighties at one point having thousands of varieties and tens of thousands of plants in full production. They have large fleshy roots and are poorly suited to pot culture and so are traditionally sold bare rooted and establish very easily. While there was interest from the landscaping trade, some mass plantings can still be seen around Perth decades later, most gardeners in W.A. are conditioned to buying flowering plants in pots.

    We no longer maintain vast quantities nor keep up with the latest breeding developments, new varieties cost many hundreds of dollars. Instead we focus on choice varieties of outstanding garden merit. Many of these varieties are "old" and no longer popular and have almost ceased to exist. As with many plants modern breeding offers a fantastic array of flower colours and forms but there seems to be little regard to grace, habit and overall garden worthiness and most lack the elegance and charm of old favourites, tried and true.

    Daylilies do survive drought very well but will perform very poorly under such conditions and in our climate are perhaps not the most suitable plant for mass plantings but a large clump or two is easy enough to throw an occasional bucket of water on and will enrich any garden.
    • ‘Coming Up Roses’   CAG01592
      Height45cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Hemerocallis ‘Coming Up Roses’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Knee high clumps of broad foliage crowned with masses of mid sized, yellow throated, strawberry pink flowers. Extremely floriferous and an outstanding garden and landscape plant.

      Cheerful, in a word, best describes its presence.

      Semi evergreen. Diploid.

  • Hosta
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