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  • Arctotis
    • ‘Flamingo’   CAG00994
      Height20cm
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Arctotis ‘Flamingo’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A drought hardy groundcover for sunny exposed positions and poor sandy soils. Ideal for road verges, carparks, driveways and anywhere else normal plants struggle to survive. Large, 10cm, strawberry pink, black centred, daisy-like flowers smother the silver, crinkled foliage until January or longer given water.
      Mow after flowering.

    • Plum   CAG02360
      Height20cm
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Arctotis Plum
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Bright lilac flowers over almost lacy, silvery foliage. Not as vigorous or as spreading as some, which can be either good or bad depending on your persuasion or intent. Huge drifts provide ultimate spring colour and weed suppressing groundcover.

      Indestructibly hardy in any well drained, sunny site, and especially so in sand. A light annual trim after flowering, to remove spent flower stalks, will keep it neat through the dry summer rest.

    • Red   CAG00993
      Height20cm
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Arctotis Red
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A drought hardy groundcover for sunny exposed positions and poor sandy soils. Ideal for road verges, carparks, driveways and anywhere else normal plants struggle to survive. Large, 10cm, wine red, black centred, daisy-like flowers smother the silver, crinkled foliage until January or longer given water.
      Mow after flowering.

    • ‘Sandgroper’   CAG02294
      Height25cm
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Arctotis ‘Sandgroper’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The sunny two toned daisy flowers, the inner half of each petal is bright yellow and the outer half golden yellow, of this variety always remind me of the beach.

      Nigh on indestructible perennials with a penchant for impoverished sand Arctotis tolerate anything but waterlogged soil.
      Plant anywhere sunny and exposed for super powered spring colour.
      Very good at stabilizing sand or weed suppressing ground cover.

      Dead head annually after flowering, with a whipper snipper or mower set high.

    • Terracotta   CAG02731
      Height20cm
      Width5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      At the forefront of groundcover technology with 15m² of coverage per annum in unirrigated water repellent sand. The plush, weed suppressing, carpet of crinkled silver foliage is overshadowed throughout spring by 10cm diameter, muted, burnt sienna, daisy-like blooms, offset with glossy black centres.

      For when maximum coverage is desired or more lurid varieties are too much. The cost effective alternative to paving for median strips, roundabouts and verges.

      Indestructible in any well drained sunny soil. Immune to reflected heat. Irrigation unnecessary.

      An annual whipper snip at the end of the bloom season, to remove spent flowerheads, keeps it looking tidy over the summer rest.

    • Yellow   CAG00100
      Height20cm
      Width5m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Arctotis Yellow
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A drought hardy groundcover for sunny exposed positions and poor sandy soils. Ideal for road verges, carparks, driveways and anywhere else normal plants struggle to survive. Large, 15cm, bright yellow, black centred, daisy-like flowers smother the silver, crinkled foliage until January or longer given water.
      Mow after flowering.

      The largest flowered and even more vigorous than most other varieties.

  • Artemisia
    • ludoviciana ‘Valerie Finnis’   CAG00925

      (Prairie sage, White sagebrush)
      Height1.2m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A staple of gardens the world over though indigenous through most of North America. A suckering carpet of silver, broadly lance shaped leaves for borders and edgings or combined with other vigorous perennials, Bearded Iris maybe, in drifts or clumps. Cut down regularly to maintain broadest foliage and low growth or if left unchecked it will eventually form a dense mound of wiry, branching stems bearing irrelevant, small, pale yellow, button-like flowers, quite an effective silver shrub in wilder parts of the garden or fence line.

      Very vigorous and perfectly drought tolerant on well drained soils, struggling in heavy clay though more successful in lower rainfall regions. Impervious to any heat and cold experienced in this country but, as with most of the genus, unlikely to tolerate the summer humidity of more tropical climes. Dead easy and indestructible.

      Might work as a silver, water efficient lawn when mown routinely.

      Broader, more simple leaved than A. ‘Silver Queen’ and perhaps better when kept low.

    • princeps ‘Crabling’   CAG02319

      (Yomogi, Japanese mugwort)
      Height10cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun - Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Forming a dense creeping mat of small dark green dissected foliage Crabling makes for durable unassuming edible groundcover in awkward spots, tolerant of heavy and shallow soil, periodic wetness and drying out as well as the occasional heavy boot (possible lawn substitute). Vigorous but not quite rampant, the shallow subterranean stolons, to which it owes its durability, are fairly easy to remove if invading in areas they are unwanted.

      Winter dormant, allowing for easy clean up and weeding, ensuring a fresh look each year as well as letting in light for winter growing bulbs and annuals. In late summer taller spires of insignificant flowers add some temporary height, perhaps needed wildness, easily removed by a quick shearing/wowing which will yield fresh verdant growth in a matter of days and keep it looking good into winter.

    • princeps ‘Dynamite’   CAG02320

      (Yomogi, Japanese mugwort)
      Height1.5m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The antithesis of Crabling it explodes from winter dormancy making a mound of feathery dark green, silver backed leaves and sending skyward leafy flowering stems, bearing insignificant flowers, adding lush foliage and temporary height to the garden without stealing the limelight from showier flowering plants or fine foliaged grasses.

      Tolerant of heavy soils, periodic wet feet and dryness. It can be cut to ground level at any time resulting in a fresh crop of lush growth. Very quick growing but only sedately spreading b y its underground stolons. Shade will make it flabby.

      The form to grow if your looking for a vegetable.

  • Chlorophytum
    • comosum Narrow Stripe   CAG03174

      (Spider plant, Ribbon plant)
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - H
      LightShade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The humble Spider plant, a tuberous rooted, evergreen, clump forming perennial whose arching ribbon-like foliage is found adorning bathrooms the world over, though it is actually native to forest floors of southern Africa. The tiny, six petalled, white flowers, borne on long arching stems are followed by rapidly growing plantlets (clones of their parent) that cascade down the side of a pot or root into the ground to form extensive colonies.

      Nearly indestructible it is at it's best in moist well drained soil in a sheltered shady spot in the garden (or bathroom). In our dry summer atmosphere it invariable suffers from burnt leaf tips so is never quite picture perfect up close but its groundcover potential or impressiveness as a well grown pot specimen remain undiminished when viewed from a distance of more than a few metres.

      Similar to C. ‘Vittatum’ but with a much narrower central white stripe to provide more greenery overall, smaller growing too.

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