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  • Chrysanthemum
    • ‘Winter Red’   CAG00963
      Chrysanthemum ‘Winter Red’
      $12.00earn 60 points

      An exceptional garden Chysanthemum. Planted with yellowing Winter dormant grasses, it's soft, brick red, pompom like flowers literally scream that it's Autumn.
      Easy to grow and always reliable.
      Cut back to ground level after flowering and don't mulch over the basal growth in Winter.

      Of course it's an excellent cut flower too.

  • Nerine
    • ‘Coral Queen’   CAG02271
      Nerine ‘Coral Queen’
      $12.00earn 60 points

      Firework clusters of spidery, bright coral pink blooms on smooth, fleshy stalks from papery brown bulbs that increase fairly rapidly to form impressive clumps after several years and then keep getting better for a lifetime. The strappy green leaves only emerge well after flowering which commences with falling temperatures and the addition of water in autumn.

      Deciduous over summer and then needing a dry rest but tolerant of some summer moisture. Easily grown in any lean, well drained soil, barely covering the bulbs, they will adjust themselves to their preferred depth. An excellent pot subject and fantastic table centrepiece when in flower.

  • Pancratium
    • maritimum   CAG01666

      (Sea daffodil)
      Pancratium maritimum
      $12.00earn 60 points

      A dramatic bulb, the umbels of pure white, perfumed, daffodil-like flowers appear as if by magic after the first autumn rain, on naked, very glaucous 60cm stems. Such delicate and exuberant beauty seemingly incongruous in the exposed and baking environ it prefers.

      The strappy, glaucous winter leaves die down with the onset of summer drought, if they remain evergreen you are providing too much water and any chance of flowering is likely to be non-existent. In a warm autumn repeat blooms are not uncommon.

      Found on coastal dunes in hotter parts of the Mediterranean it is ideally suited to growing in hot barren sand, though mine do fine in clay, and should be indifferent to salt spray. Self seeds if your lucky, though it will be at least several years before the seedlings are large enough to flower. Newly planted bulbs will usually need a year or two to settle in as well before they will resume flowering.

      Mass plant for best effect, either densely or as scattered individuals.

  • Aster
  • Epilobium
    • canum subsp. canum   CAG02255

      (syn. Zauschneria californica)

      A soft, grey, sub-shrub from the South West United States, where, as here, it is exceptional for flowering during the heat and drought of summer and autumn. When tubular, scarlet flowers adorn the plant profusely and are much loved by hummingbirds, or honey-eaters in our case.

      Good drainage is preferred, though heavy soils may be tolerated briefly. An occasional drink over summer will encourage flowering but is not necessary, too much and you will permanently prevent flowering and life. Probably a strictly west cost plant, it may be worth trying in the eastern states with impeccable drainage, full exposure and no irrigation, though I suspect success would be only temporary.

      Cut back to ground level during winter when new growth is seen at the base otherwise it tends to become untidy by flowering time.

      Given bare soil seedlings can appear and transplant readily. Seedlings may differ from their parents with leaves that can be silver to sage green and with flowers varying in their depth of colour. These variations can be seen in the nursery and all are lovely, in time separate clones may be selected based on arbitrary and distinct qualities.

  • Rudbeckia
  • Sedum
    • erythrostictum ‘Mediovariegatum’   CAG01401

      A clumping, winter dormant perennial grown for it's highly ornamental, pale yellow, green edged, rubbery leaves, which surround the thick, succulent, erect stems, and it's dome-like heads of densely packed, star shaped, pale pink flowers which it bears in autumn. A tough, hardy plant for any reasonably sunny, well drained position.
      Excellent in pots, it handles the confined rootspace well and isn't demanding on water.
      Cut back to ground level in winter.
      The stems can be pruned back in late spring to make the plant more campact and to delay flowering.

    • telephium ‘Munstead Red’   CAG01049

  • Tricyrtis
    • formosana   CAG00637

      (Toad lily)

      Trailing, jointed stems are furnished with glossy, mid green, broadly lance shaped leaves, irregularly spotted with darker green spots which no doubt gave rise to the common name of Toad lily. Furthering the toad-like resemblance the orchid like white flowers, held in airy panicles, are heavily spotted in dark plum.

      Semi-evergreen, dying down after flowering while next seasons growth is already sprouting.

      Spreading by stolons to form dense colonies this Taiwanese forest dweller makes sensational ground cover for moist shade. Plant with the equally vigorous and simultaneously flowering Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ for one of the finest autumnal displays your ever likely to see in a shady garden, as well as providing the ultimate weed suppressing ground cover.

      If your going to waste water on tender woodlanders this is the only Tricyrtis that contends well with our heat, the others whilst all beautiful during spring, invariable only make it through summer looking battle scarred and sad by flowering time.

  • Zephyranthes
    • flavissima   CAG00745

      A South American species that multiplies quickly, forming dense clumps of grass-like, yellowy green, strappy leaves, emerging from shallow bulbs and bearing in spring and autumn, small, bright yellow, crocus-like flowers. Essentially evergreen.

      A great for filler for potted shrubs or trees, naturalising in turf or as a showy alternative to, or mixed with, Ophiopogon planted between pavers.

      Easily grown in any soil with at least some summer moisture, extended periods of neglect are survived though not enjoyed. Very tolerant of clay and wet feet.

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