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  • Foeniculum
    • vulgare ‘Purpureum’   CAG00973

      (Bronze fennel)
      Height1.8m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Sultry mounds of feathered bronze-purple foliage rank Bronze fennel among the worlds best foliage plants and yet it's somehow rarely used here in gardens despite its love for our climate and sandy soil.

      A tough, clump forming perennial from coastal regions of the Mediterranean where the tender new leaves and seeds are used in a variety of ways for their strongly anise flavour. The low mounds of foliage slowly develop through spring to become towering stalks by mid summer, topped by flat heads of tiny acidic yellow flowers. This seasonal progression of form and scale adds that dimension missing from gardens of static evergreens, time. Cut it near to ground level with the onset of cooler autumn weather to repeat the performance with even more grandeur for the coming year.

      Thriving in sandy soils (it tolerates clay too) its deeply probing fleshy rootstock is well adapted to our mediterranean summers and once established needs no irrigation though a few drinks in early summer can extend its winter lushness if desired. Self seeds too into bare soil, if unwanted chop before seed set.

      Liberate it from the herb garden and mass plant it on the road verge or spice it up with Verbena bonariensis, Stipa gigantea, your favourite Bearded iris and an Agave americana or two for an irrigation free border to rival Great Dixter.

  • Geranium
    • x antipodeum ‘Sea Spray’   CAG01313
      Height5cm
      Width25cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A flat ground covering variety grown mainly for its beautiful satiny foliage which is round, scalloped and an unusual greenish bronze. As a garnish, trailing sprays of small, rounded, pale pink, five petalled flowers carry on through most of the warmer months.

      From New Zealand and Chatham Island stock it is evergreen and less shade loving than most of the European species and is easily grown in moist soil with good drainage, even in a pot.

      An annual removal of old flowering stems is all the attention required.

    • x antipodeum ‘Pink Spice’   CAG02670
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Geranium x antipodeum ‘Pink Spice’
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A mouth watering confection forming a low, dense, evergreen mound of scalloped, satin sheened leaves of dark, rosy chocolate, lightly frosted with soft sugary pink, saucer shaped flowers. At it's best in a well drained, sheltered but sunny position where it will not only prove long lived but improve with age.

      Perfectly tolerant of heat and short periods of dryness, more than can be said for most of the more desirable Cranesbills.

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