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  • Achillea

    (Yarrows)
    Asteraceae

    • ‘Lachsschonheit’   CAG00072

      (syn. Salmon Beauty)
      Height60cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A clump forming evergreen perennial with finely dissected fern-like foliage and flat heads of salmon pink flowers throughout the warmer months. Planted on mass it forms a wonderful tapestry effect as the flowers fade slowly through a range of colours.
      Cut of flowering stems when spent.
      Feed Well.

      One of, if not the best Achillea we have ever grown. The flowers start of a deep salmon colour and slowly fade to cream, creating a very pleasing tapestry effect. Very floriferous and vigorous without being rampant.
      Mass plant it for best effect, I would go so far as to say that you could probably not over plant it.

    • ‘Raw Silk’   CAG00071
      Height60cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A clump forming evergreen perennial with finely dissected fern-like foliage and flat heads of ivory coloured flowers throughout the warmer months.
      A splendid perennial for a sunny bed. Quickly forms handsome clumps although best planted on mass.
      Feed Well.
      Remove spent flower stems to promote flowering, possibly with a whipper snipper or mower.

      Not particularly vigorous, which could be considered a virtue, but the colour is rather intriguing, the colour of raw silk.

    • ‘Red Velvet’   CAG01600
      Height60cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Flat heads of rich red flowers float above slowly spreading mounds of ferny green leaves.
      Superior in colour to Achillea ‘Fanal’, a richer more solid red less quickly ageing to yellow.

      At it's its best in light well drained soil.

    • ‘Terracotta’   CAG00805
      Height60cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A robust variety with flat heads of soft terracotta flowers over mounds of feathery grey-green foliage. Prone to flowering in dribs and drabs, albeit continuously, rather than en masse but it offers some of the finest and most durable foliage of any cultivar.

      Easily grown in any sunny soil. Removal of spent heads encourages flowering as does an annual cut to ground level in late winter which also ensures better foliage for spring and summer.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Achillea

    (Yarrows)
    Asteraceae

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