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  • Anethum
    • graveolens   CAG02805

      (Dill)
      Height1.2m
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Anethum graveolens
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A culinary herb grown throughout Europe and much of Asia the fresh leaves, flowers and stems are typically used to flavour fish and vegetables, in soups and of course to flavour Dill pickles. The dried seeds can be used in a similar fashion, store well and so are available for use year round.

      A very hardy, winter growing annual in Perth and best scratched in directly where it is to grow in autumn or early winter when the weather has cooled down, irrigation is unnecessary. Colder regions may have to resort to spring sowing. The rosette of soft, feathery, glaucous leaves elongates on a stiff hollow stem over the course of the growing season to be topped in spring by branching, flat, umbrella-like heads of soft sulphur yellow flowers. Attractive and lends a little whimsy to any garden.
      The dried seed heads can remain attractive long after the seeds have fallen or been collected.

      Self sows freely in any bare soil that receives copious sunshine. If you can resist eating it all you too can have a self sustaining population.

  • 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.

  • Origanum
    • vulgare ‘Thumble's Variety’   CAG02775

      (Oregano)
      Height5cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An attractive chartreuse groundcover forming a very flat dense mat of soft, rounded leaves. A flowing foil for brightly coloured flowers, magenta or electric blue are always winners with chartreuse, or as lift beneath the eaves of sombre foliaged shrubs.

      Foamy heads of small near white flowers in rosy bracts lend a free spirited beauty in spring.

      Just as tasty as the boring green forms but much more sun tolerant and reliable than O. vulgare ‘Aureum’, though not as brassy in colour, which it has superseded in the nursery.

  • Petroselinum
    • crispum   CAG03137
      Height1.5m
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Petroselinum crispum
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      This unusual and exotic Mediterranean umbellifer receives a lot of comment in the nursery with it's voluptuous mounds of glossy green dissected foliage that rise into stout, much branched stems topped with flat umbels of creamy flowers that are irresistible to all manner of pollinating insects, and which hold their form after seed either picked or in situ.

      A more refined alternative to Bishop's weed (Ammi majus), it's form, texture and subtle colouring when in bloom is gorgeous self sown among grasses, Stipa gigantea is a good start, maybe with some self sowing Sweet peas(Lathyrus odorata) which will use it as support, I can highly recommend L. ‘High scent’, for a minimal care, irrigation free, romantic, modern cottage garden. Or plant with striking annuals, Coreopsis tinctoria, as counterpoint or just fatten up a solitary specimen in gravel as a sculptural feature.

      Easily grown in any well drained sunny soil as a spring annual, sown in autumn, but grander as a biennial when allowed to go summer dormant and surviving thanks to it's fleshy taproot.

      It's edible too.

      50+ seeds.

  • Origanum
    • dictamnus   CAG01473

      (Dittany of Crete)
      Height30cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Origanum dictamnus
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Highly pettable, rounded, stem hugging, grey leaves are covered in soft cobwebby fur, more like a friendly garden pet than a plant. All summer long, stiff stems of gracefully pendant, tawny pink bracts disclose small, tubular, soft pink flowers above the low mounds of foliage.

      If I was going to be stranded on a desert island this would be the oregano I would take, it would also probably be the most likely to succeed.

      Summer drought, exposure and well drained alkaline soil preferred but will grow happily, if somewhat more slowly, in clay soils that aren't too wet.

      Slow growing and hence almost maintenance free with removal of spent stems all that is necessary.

      Can be used in the kitchen but the flavour is very similar to other much faster growing and less attractive oreganos. It otherwise has been used historically for healing, enhancing astral projection and as an aphrodisiac.

      The Dittany of both Aristotle and Harry Potter.

    • ‘Touched by Midas’   CAG01555
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

  • Rosmarinus
  • Salvia

    (Sage)
    Lamiaceae

    A genus whose popularity has risen exponentially in recent times. Offering a diverse range of form and colour there is a Salvia for nearly every garden situation with more and more being discovered and described all the time. The count now stands somewhere in excess of 1000, including subspecies, according to The Plant List. They are found on every continent except Antarctica.

    From a gardeners perspective they can not all be treated the same, they come from many different climates after all, but as a rule of thumb can be grouped into winter rainfall and summer rainfall species and with few exceptions they all prefer well drained soil.

    Soft leaved species from Central and South America are usually autumn and winter flowering. Coming from summer rainfall areas they typically need protection from dry heat and the accompanying high light intensity and they vary in their tolerance of winter damp. As with most plants the larger the leaves the more water they require, this also dictates how fast they grow with many growing several metres in a single season.

    Species from south western North America, South Africa, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands are all winter growers and are tolerant or demanding of dry heat and summer drought. Slower growing but usually longer lived these all tend to have small, densely haired, silver or grey leaves or a combination of these traits which help them conserve moisture. Most of these require no additional water in Perth and are well adapted to our climate. They tend tend to flower from spring into summer.


    Prune back to where vigorous new basal growth is seen, never to dead wood, they appear to store little food in their stems and without leaves stand a chance of starving to death or at least struggle to regenerate. The exception is those few that are tuberous or clump forming, these can be cut to ground level once the stems start dying back in late autumn.
  • Thymus
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