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  • Dioscorea
    • alata   CAG03164

      (Purple yam)
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM - H
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      This tropical Asian root vegetable actually makes a very attractive foliage plant for a pot, even indoors I expect though I've yet to try it. Its twining tendrils clothing themselves in dark glossy green, squarely heart shaped leaves to sumptuously flow over the side of a pot or hanging basket, cover a fence or screen, or dress up a scraggly shrub or bare stemmed bamboo. Come winter the whole lot dies off so you you never have to worry about it taking over and leaving you free to dig up the tasty subterranean, purple fleshed tubers without affecting growth.

      Ideally it would be kept drier during it's winter dormancy but it does fine in the nursery without any protection from rain in well drained soil. I wouldn't waste my time planting it in the ground as our (Perth) soil temperature is too low for most of the year to satisfy many tropical geophytes, pots heat up quicker giving a longer growing season and better yields.

  • Halleria
    • lucida   CAG01050

      (Tree fuchsia, White olive)
      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.

  • Petroselinum
    • crispum   CAG03137
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      LightFull Sun
      Petroselinum crispum
      for $3.00earn 15 points

      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.

  • Salvia


    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.
    • chiapensis   CAG01003
      Flowering SeasonAll
      LightLight Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An evergreen, shrubby perennial from Mexico. Many flowered, long, slender, arching wands of small, bright magenta pink, tubular, lipped flowers are held over glossy, green, oval shaped leaves.
      Extremely floriferous and with good ornamental foliage, this is magnificent plant for any protected position with some shade, where it will lend a lush tropical look.
      It's somewhat lax habit makes it ideal for the foot of larger plants or the top of retaining walls.

  • Scabiosa
    • farinosa   CAG00603
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      LightFull Sun
      Scabiosa farinosa
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A dense, evergreen, shrubby perennial from northern Africa with rosettes of glossy, dark green, deeply toothed, spoon shaped leaves bearing a procession of lavender coloured, pincushion-like flowers on short stiff stems from mid spring onwards.

      Mass plant as a weeds suppressing groundcover or singly to admire its bun-like form and make the most of its dark foliage, especially when offset with silvers of similar habit e.g. Santolina chamaecyparissus or Ballota acetabulosa. which perhaps not so coincidentally are also Mediterranean.

      Easily grown in any well drained sunny soil. An annual trimming of the spent flowerheads is all it requires. Such glossy foliage is often an indicator of salt tolerance but as I have never lived on the coast this remains untested.

      We originally acquired this, and sold it for many years as S. japonica var. alpina which it is clearly not.

  • Acanthus
    • mollis   CAG00063

      (Oyster plant, Bear's breeches)
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      LightSun - Shade
      Acanthus mollis

      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.

  • Ajuga
  • Arisarum
    • proboscidium   CAG00101

      (Mouse plant)
      Flowering SeasonWi - Sp
      WaterL - M
      Arisarum proboscidium

      A curious groundcover for moist shade from Italy and Spain, which potted makes an excellent conversation starting centre piece for the dinner table. The purple hooded white spathes, that shelter the spadix and flowers, with their long tail-like appendages appear amongst the glossy, dark green, arrow shaped leaves like a family mice grubbing for food. Slowly spreading by the underground stolons to which it retreats during summer, emerging again in late winter with fresh foliage and a new family of mice.

      Tolerates considerable dryness when dormant but demands adequate moisture in winter and spring while actively growing.

      Resents disturbance and typically will not flower well until it's settled in for a year or two and then improving with time. In a container re-potting is neither desirable or necessary but annual replacement of the surface soil and the addition of slow release fertiliser will be greatly appreciated.

  • Cyclamen
    • coum   CAG02042
    • hederifolium   CAG00966

      (Sowbread, Ivy leaved cyclamen)
      Flowering SeasonAu - Wi

      The quintessential garden Cyclamen found in gardens across Europe (and the rest of the globe) where it is usually massed to great effect beneath deciduous trees, its preferred haunt, with its upswept five petalled pink or white blooms appearing in Autumn above the leaf litter followed by beautiful leaves of its own that are marbled in various shades of silver, with no two plants sharing quite the same patterning or even shape, which can range from a broad heart to a tapering arrowhead.

      Easily grown in any shady site with half decent drainage and winter moisture, moisture during its summer dormancy is tolerated but is not essential, and is ideally adapted to grown amongst leaf litter where it will self sow over the years for ever increasing beauty.

      Mass plant on the south side of the house, perhaps with a cover of trendy pebbles or glass, or beneath olive trees for a lifetime of reward. Makes an excellent pot subject too but eventually a very sizable pot will be needed as the flattened corm continues to expand throughout its lifetime.

      Native to much of the northern Mediterranean.

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