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  • Arctotis
    • ‘Sandgroper’   CAG02294
      Height25cm
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Arctotis ‘Sandgroper’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The sunny two toned daisy flowers, the inner half of each petal is bright yellow and the outer half golden yellow, of this variety always remind me of the beach.

      Nigh on indestructible perennials with a penchant for impoverished sand Arctotis tolerate anything but waterlogged soil.
      Plant anywhere sunny and exposed for super powered spring colour.
      Very good at stabilizing sand or weed suppressing ground cover.

      Dead head annually after flowering, with a whipper snipper or mower set high.

    • Yellow   CAG00100
      Height20cm
      Width5m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Arctotis Yellow
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A drought hardy groundcover for sunny exposed positions and poor sandy soils. Ideal for road verges, carparks, driveways and anywhere else normal plants struggle to survive. Large, 15cm, bright yellow, black centred, daisy-like flowers smother the silver, crinkled foliage until January or longer given water.
      Mow after flowering.

      The largest flowered and even more vigorous than most other varieties.

  • Oxalis
  • Rudbeckia
    • laciniata   CAG00567

      (Cutleaf coneflower)
      Height2m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM - H
      LightSun
      Rudbeckia laciniata
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An exuberant perennial from the American tall prairies at its very best in the dog days of summer when lesser plants are flagging. Lush mounds of deeply divided, dark green leaves steadily rise through the growing season to be finally topped at the end of summer by elegantly branched heads of long stemmed daisy-like flowers with a green central cone and down swept bright yellow petals. After several weeks of bloom, irreverent of dry heat so long as moisture is available, the petals fall and the attractive cone-like seed heads then remain on display until removed adding height and seasonal interest all winter if desired.

      Evergreen in Perth but colder regions may find it less so.

      Easily grown in any soil with lots of sun, unfazed by clay. Water availability during the growing period dictates height but considerable dryness is tolerated, more so after flowering.

      Self seeds well in over irrigated sites and the seedlings are typically more vigorous than old congested clumps which are probably best divided or even discarded after several years.

  • Santolina
    • chamaecyparissus   CAG01012

      (Lavender cotton)
      Height40cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Santolina chamaecyparissus
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A garden staple long valued for its neat buns of feathered, silvery grey, coralline foliage, upright, button-like, yellow flowers and hardiness. Its scale and form goes well with just about anything but especially other mediterranean type foliage and is useful to give a bit of structure to smaller gardens or gardens full of small but formless desirables. Excellent too for parterre or formal edging.

      From the Mediterranean and easily grown in any well drained sunny soil, with leanness and exposure favouring the densest and silveriest growth.

      Trim off spent flowers annually and cut back hard as needed while actively growing.

  • Acacia
    • aphylla   CAG02510

      (Leafless rock wattle)
      Height1.5m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Appearing more like a succulent from exotic climes than a threatened native of the Perth hills. Vertical stems divide into many powdery blue tapering twigs that knit together to form a vase shaped shrub, studded in spring with small, yellow, spherical, powder puff flowers. As its common name suggests it is entirely without leaves though young seedlings briefly bear a few.

      Easy and fast growing in well drained poor soil. Summer irrigation is unnecessary but tolerated. Try surrounding it with a sea of the orange coloured sedge Carex testacea and add a few brightly coloured succulents to imitate a coral reef.

      Responds well to hard pruning when it accumulates too much old growth and starts to loose its charm.

  • Achillea

    (Yarrows)
    Asteraceae

  • Asclepias
    • curassavica ‘Silky Gold’   CAG01287

      (Mexican butterfly weed)
      Height1m
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A butterfly attracting, hardy, upright, evergreen sub-shrub from South America. Small, golden yellow flowers, are borne from spring through to autumn, in flat clusters, atop the vertical stems, clothed in alternating pairs, of narrow, lance shaped leaves. These are followed by erect, bean-like seed pods, filled with tufts, of silky fibres, to which the seeds are attached.
      A cheery plant for tucking into odd spots here and there, which it should do itself, by seeding.
      Removal of dead stems is all the maintenance necessary.

      Broken parts produce a toxic, milky sap, hence the common name of milkweed. Don't let this prevent you from growing such rewarding, easy care plants.

      In the nursery we value our Asclepias as they play host to Yellow Aphids and their complimentary predators, Lacewings, Aphidius wasps and several species of Ladybird. They are also the larval food plant of the Monarch, and Lesser wanderer butterflies. We sell the plants with caterpillars, aphids and predators in attendance. Excess aphids are easily smooshed with fingers or all can be nuked with a shot of pyrethrum to the detriment of both your garden and karma.

  • Coreopsis
    • gigantea   CAG02279
      Height1.5m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Coreopsis gigantea
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A summer deciduous species from the southern Californian seaside with lush mops of bright green, feathery foliage atop thick, grey, branching trunks. Somewhat palm-like and very succulent looking, growing more so with age. Large, simple, canary yellow, daisy flowers explode on long stems from short, annual, side spurs.

      Easy to grow in very well drained soil, or gutless sand, and an excellent pot subject. Plenty of sun while in growth is essential and its summer dormancy must be respected, though some moisture is required to mimic the regular fog of its native haunts.

      The cusp of an irrigated garden or somewhere convenient for occasional hand watering could see a grove of these make an uncommon spectacle with little care, underplant with Cyclamen graecum and C. persicum for a planting that cool climate gardeners can only fantasise about.

      Frost sensitive. East coast hardiness questionable.

    • tinctoria   CAG00686

      (Plains Coreopsis, Garden Coreopsis, Golden tickseed)
      Height90cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM
      LightFull Sun
      Coreopsis tinctoria
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
      SEEDS

      Every new visitor to the nursery during spring or early summer invariably asks the name of this brilliant annual from the North American prairies. Under my conditions it is remarkably fecund and I have a tendency to let it have it's way, mostly. Drifts of diminutive specimens can be found in the paving cracks and you have to wade through their larger siblings that have found more hospitable homes. An opportunistic seedling can usually be found in flower at any time of the year and most customers must go home with at least one or two hitch-hikers stowed away amongst their purchases.

      Even in their thousands there are nearly as many variations in colour and form of flower, from clear yellow, some with cinnamon brushing, to mahogany red and every combination in between, that is yellow with a red centre of varying size. Some plants have flowers with extra smaller petals in the centre so as to appear almost anemone centred, while others have rolled flute-like petals somewhat resembling seashells, which is a name often given this flower form.

      Whatever form the flowers take the foliage is always finely dissected, dark green, occasionally red tinted, glossy and almost fern-like, in a rosette which firsts mounds, then elongates with a sturdy stem, atop which is carried the much branched head of daisy-like flowers.

      Scratch seeds into any bare soil, sand or clay during autumn. They will persist from year to year so long as adequate moisture is available to complete flowering and seed set, a little additional water late in the season is usually required if relying on rainfall.


      Each packet should contain at least 50 seeds. And then some.

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