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  • Acanthus
    • mollis   CAG00063

      (Oyster plant, Bear's breeches)
      Height1m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - Shade
      Acanthus mollis
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Rosettes of huge, glossy, dark green, sharply serrated leaves thrust from the soil with the onset of autumn rain. In spring sceptres of mauve and white shell like flowers stand sentry over the brooding mounds of foliage.
      Found throughout the Meditteranean it's at its best with no summer water but plenty of winter moisture and is tolerant of any soil that isn't waterlogged.

      Extremely architectural if given the space or as contrast to other boldly leaved plants such as Melianthus major.

      Representations of the leaves are commonly found in ancient roman architecture and are often still encountered in classical designs of today.

  • Aeonium
    • ‘Kiwi’   CAG02810
      Height40cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A quick growing succulent that forms a shrubby mound of densely packed waxy green rosettes the centre of which turns creamy yellow during winter, with each leaf also developing a red edge, to provide cheery seasonal colour. The panicles of small, starry, cream coloured flowers which are sparsely borne on older plants in spring are of interest but little consequence.

      Dead easy to grow in any well drained soil, though direct midday summer sun and frost should be avoided, and makes an excellent pot subject developing curtains of aerial roots from older stems which can become quite a feature. A cool season grower and perfectly hardy to any amount of summer drought.

  • Agave
    • americana   CAG03139

      (Century plant)
      Height2.5m
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Too ubiquitous in the old field landscape for the collector this, one of the largest of the genus, still offers the same potential for grandiose design that it did to ambitious gardeners of the past, to which it remains a lasting testament of their labours.

      Two metre long, sharply pointed and toothed, blue-grey, sword-like leaves, gently curved and sometimes flopping which prevents too severe an effect, form a striking rosette that in time suckers to form a grand colony. These pups are quite soft and easily plucked when young to maintain solitude. After ten years or so a giant asparagus like flowerstalk bears clusters of upward facing greenish yellow flowers followed by egg like seed pods and small plantlets, after which the flowered rosette dies to be succeeded by offsets. Originally from Central America and found globally in warmer regions.

      At its boldest as individuals in stark surrounds, against flat walls of colour and/or mulched with crushed red brick for a marscape, or with enough space in colonies, with Bismarckia nobilis, Phoenix canariensis, Washingtonia robusta, Draceana draco and Yucca gigantea for a low input unirrigated landscape capable of complimenting even the most imposing architecture for centuries.

      Easily grown anywhere except maybe in a pond or the top of Mt Koskiuszko, will make a fine potted specimen too for a couple of decades though it won't reach flowering size.

    • americana ‘Variegata’   CAG03186
      for $7.00earn 35 points

  • Amaryllis
    • belladonna   CAG01045

      (Easter lily, Naked lady)
      Height1m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL
      LightSun - Shade
      Amaryllis belladonna
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A super tough South African that should need little introduction, though, where once its autumn spectacle was taken for granted through the South West it is now being increasingly displaced by fleeting makeover starlets.

      Clusters of large. flaring, funnel shaped flowers, pale pink and deepening with age, are carried atop sturdy, fleshy stems. The strappy, dark green leaves emerge after flowering from the necks of large, papery, brown bulbs that are typically somewhat exposed, adjusting to their preferred depth with the aid of contractile roots. Becoming deciduous with rising temperatures in spring and then requiring zero water over summer.

      Infallible in any soil, in any position except the densest shade. Usually takes several years to settle in and commence flowering for perpetuity.

      For me, nothing heralds more the imminent return of cooler weather and rain than the sight of fat buds thrusting naked from parched ground. I imagine it is the same joy that gardeners in cold regions feel on seeing the first hint of spring in a shoot emerging from snow.

  • Arctotis
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