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  • Dioscorea
  • Humulus
  • Hydrangea
    • seemannii   CAG00430

      A vigorous climbing species from the forests of Mexico, not to be confused with the slower growing and less heat tolerant H. petiolaris from Japan which is more commonly seen treasured and struggling in our gardens.

      The simple, light green, barely serrated, broadly lanceolate, semi glossed leaves beautifully clothe any available porous surface that the slender dark barked stems can adhere their roots to and then bear in spring a foam of white flower-heads, small and fertile flowers in a cluster surrounded by showier infertile bracts, typical of the genus.
      A moist decaying tree stump is probably it's utopian ideal but the trunk of tree or even a shady south wall can be found to be quite suitable, perhaps even as a ground cover under trees although it may not flower well unless it can climb.

  • Kennedia
  • Lathyrus
    • latifolius   CAG00876

    • odoratus ‘High Scent’   CAG02804

      (Sweet pea)

      A modern Sweet pea considered to be one of the most strongly scented. The vigorous plants bear an abundance of large creamy flowers edged in lavender throughout spring and well into summer if given the chance. Remove the spent plants once the seeds have scattered or been harvested.

      Self seeds reliably and performs brilliantly without irrigation although a few drinks late in the season will greatly extend flowering. Happy in any soil from sand to clay that is preferably alkaline (pH > 7).

      Scatter a few seeds around, preferably near something for them climb on or else they make a lovely weed suppressing ground cover, for an instant cottage garden.

      Each packet contains 20+ seeds, enough to cover the average suburban fence.

  • Lonicera
  • Muehlenbeckia
    • complexa   CAG02744

      (Pohuehue, Maidenhair vine)

      A New Zealand vine for the clothing of unsightly structures, the finest wire frame topiary and often grown free standing as a hedge. Dark, wiry stems, sparingly bear, tiny, glossy, almost circular leaves, grow rapidly and branch readily to form a darkly appealing, shaggy curtain, or billowing mounds sans support.
      Fluid and amorphous, regular trimming improves density and can yield surprisingly articulate definition. I imagine, clipped into a free form sculpture, it could compose an entire garden, restful and easily maintained with a hedge trimmer (no woody branches here), especially practical and appealing in commercial installations, drive-throughs for instance, which are typically filled with ill suited shrubbery clipped to within an inch of life. Clusters of tiny. cream, urn shaped flowers of no importance.

      Hardy and rambunctious, tolerant of sun or shade and any reasonably drained soil, some summer water is recommended to maintain lushness. Not a good idea on living trees, great for cloaking dead ones.

  • Tropaeolum
    • azureum   CAG02070

      (Blue Nasturtium)
      Tropaeolum azureum

      A tuberous species sending up twining hair-like stems, anchoring themselves to any available support with prehensile, dark green, 5 lobed, starfish leaves. Almost unnoticed amongst the foliage of a supporting shrub until the small but very numerous, white throated, blue-purple, typical Nasturtium shaped flowers are produced during cool spring weather.

      Adapted to a winter rainfall climate it promptly returns to a state of hibernation with the onset of summer heat, re-emerging ever more vigorously once the cooler temperatures and moisture of winter prevail. Truly xeric, demanding of summer dryness and once established will happily remain dormant for several years in the absence of rainfall.

      Easily grown in very well drained soil or a deep pot of gravel. Likely to be difficult on the east coast without protection from the worst weather.

    • tricolor   CAG02341
      Tropaeolum tricolor

      The hair-like stems of this tuberous, Chilean climber, clamber their way through and over shrubs or other surrounding vegetation. Clasping it's prehensile leaves delicately around twigs and branches it scales to a high and sunny vantage and there displays it's small but abundant tricolour blooms, each yellow flower peeping out from the green ruff of it's long spurred red hat.

      A winter grower it retreats to the cool sanctuary of it's underground tuber once temperatures climb much above 30℃, usually in late spring or early summer, and there comfortably waits out heat and drought until coolness and moisture entice it forth once more the following year.

      Demanding only of excellent drainage and summer dryness, any loose soil, sand or gravel will do but not clay, preferably under a deciduous shrub. Otherwise a pot of well drained potting mix kept barely moist and out of the sun over summer will be quite to it's liking.

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