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  • Canarina
    • canariensis   CAG01713

      (Canary Island bellflower)
      Height4m
      Width4m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Sp
      WaterL
      LightLight Shade
      Canarina canariensis
      for $7.00earn 100 points

      A winter growing climber from the Canary Islands and one of the few members of the Campanula family with flowers of a colour other than blue, purple, white or pink.

      Succulent stems scramble over any nearby support clothing themselves as they grow with rubbery, toothed, triangular leaves. From mid winter until the summer heat, pendant , bell shaped, orange flowers, intricately veined in red, glow amongst the foliage. Improbably real, rather seeming to be molded from translucent orange rubber and stuck on by a garden prankster.
      With the onset of summer it quietly retreats underground to it's large tuberous roots to await the cooler moister weather needed to support such a riot of opulent growth, making it ideally suited to Perth's Mediterranean climate.

      A lightly shaded site with well drained soil and little if any summer water is ideal. Against the south side of a house or other building is often to it's liking making it one of the few plants to thrive in such a situation.

      So unlike any other plant. Plant porn as it's finest.

  • Halleria
    • lucida   CAG01050

      (Tree fuchsia, White olive)
      Height5m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Su
      WaterM - L
      LightSun - Shade
      Halleria lucida
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      One of those curious plants that flowers on its branches and trunk rather than at the tips of new growth, with clusters of small, brown, tubular, foxglove-like flowers, conspicuous when on bare bark, are adored by nectar feeding birds and followed by edible but unpalatable grape-like black berries.
      It forms a dense shrub or even a small quite shapely tree if unbutchered but it takes pruning well and its finely toothed, satiny, ovoid leaves and dense but graceful habit would probably make for a fine hedge or screen, of course denser growth will obscure the flowers. A pleached allée might allow for the best of both worlds or else grow it by a path where you can marvel at the flowers as you walk beneath, otherwise just a useful dense evergreen fort background plantings or to hide a wall.

      I wouldn't recommend it for somewhere hot and too exposed, it's from the summer rainfall areas of southern Africa not the west coast, but once established it is very durable, highly shade tolerant and will survive with minimal summer watering.

  • Fragaria
    • chiloensis   CAG02377

      (Beach strawberry)
      Height10cm
      Widthinf.
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM
      LightSun - Shade
      Fragaria chiloensis
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      One of the wild ancestors of the modern strawberry found along the Pacific coast of both North and South America as well as Hawaii.

      A vigorous ground-cover spreading by surface rooting runners and well adapted to sandy soil or anything but the most compacted clay, where it will form a weed suppressing dark green mat composed of serrated, trifoliate leaves of which the underside and stalks are densely clothed in short soft hairs.

      Perhaps at it's most useful in shady sites, even solid dark shade, where it demands far less summer water than most any alternative. Plant with Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) for some added spring colour.


      Of course this is still a Strawberry and the small, tart, but highly aromatic fruit are formed during spring and early summer from pure white rose-like flowers typically hidden amongst the foliage.

  • Sambucus
    • nigra   CAG00699

      (Elderberry, Elder)
      Height6m
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - H
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Sambucus nigra
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An evergreen large shrub or small tree common to Europe. Bright green divided leaves, to 30cm long, are held in pairs on strong hollow stems up to 6m high. During the warmer months large lacy heads of small white starry flowers are produced, sometimes followed by black berries.

      The flowers and berries are edible and the flowers are traditionally used to make elderflower wines and cordials, and can be added to pancakes for something different.

      A fairly high water user with little tolerance for drought but quite lovely by the veggie patch or beside a lawn where it will appreciate the extra water and can be cut down hard, when in active growth, to keep its size in check and encourage bolder foliage or to act as an informal screen.

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