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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.

  • Coreopsis
    • tinctoria   CAG00686

      (Plains Coreopsis, Garden Coreopsis, Golden tickseed)
      Height90cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM
      LightFull Sun
      Coreopsis tinctoria
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      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.

  • Ferula
    • communis subsp. glauca   CAG02099

      (Giant fennel)
      Height3m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A spectacle.
      From a stiff brooding mound of feathery, dark green, waxy leaves, radiating on stout stalks, thrusts a towering asparagus like stem, 3m or more, bearing large globular clusters of tiny, acid yellow flowers followed by clustered whorls of flattened seeds. This startling display requires three or four years of growth, accumulating energy in its fleshy taproot, before it is produced after which the plant, having exhausted itself, typically dies. Adventitious seedlings usually appear the following winter and you once again get to admire the fabulous foliage while anticipating the next hurrah.

      From limestone soils in the Mediterranean, summer dormant and utterly drought loving it tolerates richer and moister garden conditions but is perhaps most enjoyable and spectacular in barren, well drained, exposed sites where other less impressive plants have failed.

      Quite toxic, unlike its less bold but more commonly encountered cousin Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare).

  • Iris
    • x barbata Yellow (TB)   CAG02986
      Height1.2m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Iris x barbata Yellow (TB)
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A not so modern hybrid that has tall yellow blooms with a little mustard venation from bold fans of lightly glaucous, sword like leaves. Mass plantings are stunning with lower growing I. albicans or I. kochii at the fore, throw in some acid Euphorbia and soften with Nepeta for a modern Van Gogh without need for a team of gardeners.

      Extra robust, often swallowing other varieties if planted too close and flowering where few others dare. Coupled with too commonly mislabelled purchases this has lead to a belief that other varieties may revert.

      Easy in any reasonably drained sunny site. Summer irrigation unnecessary.

  • Jacobaea
  • Oenothera
    • macrocarpa   CAG01921

      (Ozark sundrop)
      Height25cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL - M
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Impressively large saucer shaped, four petalled, bright lemon blooms are borne upon a low mound of sprawling stems with silvery green, broadly lance shaped leaves. A bolder plant in the garden than most of the other yellow species with the satiny foliage remaining attractive foil through summer and it has so far shown no propensity for self sowing.

      From the central United States and immune to heat and cold, winter dormant and soundly perennial. Easily grown in any sunny soil with at least some summer water.

  • Oxalis
  • Potentilla
    • recta ‘Warrenii’   CAG01557

      (Sulphur cinquefoil)
      Height20cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM - H
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A charming species that makes a verdant slowly spreading mound of serrated, five lobed, palmate leaves, studded with small citric yellow, five petalled, saucer shaped blooms.
      For edges or even the middle of paths, where it will tolerate the occasionally stray footfall, or a simulated European meadow with a couple of Cranesbills (Geranium pratense and G. sanguineum), Little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium) and some Spiked speedwell (Veronica spicata ‘Blue Sensation’) to round out the palette.

      More moisture loving than most but also more amenable in our climate, often self sowing in any brightly lit soil.

  • Primula
    • vulgaris   CAG00553

      (Primrose)
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterH - M
      LightLight Shade
      Primula vulgaris
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The quintessential spring wildflower of much of Europe and a far cry from its ribald descendents the Polyanthus oft used as potted colour.

      The mound of soft and soft green, crinkled, inversely lance shaped leaves is crowded with yellow centred, upward facing, bright primrose, five petalled, scolloped flowers for several weeks from mid winter. Charming and a joy to see when flowers are so scarce.

      Easily grown if left alone in a cool position with moist well drained soil, resting here by late summer only to spring into vigorous growth with the cool season and then enjoying bright shade or morning sun. Sensitive to fertilizers and overly rich soil.

      Soundly perennial, these are divisions of my best form that I have been transplanting from garden to garden for over twenty years.

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