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  • Agave
    • vivipara var. marginata   CAG02018
      Height1.2m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Agave vivipara var. marginata
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A quick growing variety, small enough for a large pot but large enough to make a statement, with a stiff almost harsh demeanour, useful for stark architectural style or high contrast with softer forms, especially so in groups.

      Sparse, slightly taller than spherical rosettes of very rigid, long, tapering, glaucous green leaves, generously edged with cream variegation, short, dark, marginal teeth and terminating in a short black spine.

      Spreads moderately by underground stolons and such colonies are particularly attractive but need appropriate space.

      Individual rosettes produce after many (10+) years a spectacular tree like inflorescence, the remains of which are often used in floral art, bearing thousands of erect, yellow green, tubular flowers, in tight clusters, which are much loved by nectar feeding birds and insects, and then rapidly decline and die to be succeeded by younger offsets or bulbils.

  • Consolida
    • ajacis   CAG02452

      (Larkspur, Rocket larkspur)
      Height1.2m
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      An outstanding annual replacement for the grossly more demanding garden Delphinium. Native to the Mediterranean it's most at home in sunny, well drained, alkaline soil where it produces handsome spires of densely crowded five petalled flowers in glorious shades of blue, purple, pink and white over feathery, soft green foliage.

      Self sows freely if you can resist cutting the flowers for the vase, for which they are eminently suited.

      Scratch seeds into bare soil where they are to grow in autumn or early winter.

      Each pack contains 50+ seeds at the bare minimum.

  • Limonium
    • cosyrense   CAG02787
      Height30cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A Maltese species with neat rosettes of dark green, rounded leaves forming a low shrubby mound and bearing a profusion of tiny, pale lavender flowers on fine, branching scapes that last all summer.

      Terribly adorable in any well drained soil and remarkably shade tolerant though maximum sun and exposure yields higher definition. Salt tolerance and a love for coastal conditions should be taken for granted as with much of the genus. Cold tolerance questionable though it so far seems able to handle any frosts W.A. can throw at it. Self sows when happy.

      Annual removal of spent flowers should be all the effort ever required to keep it looking its best.

      Makes a fine potted specimen, at least for a few years, easily mistaken by visitors as some challenging alpine and bolstering your horticultural street cred.

  • Origanum
    • vulgare ‘Thumble's Variety’   CAG02775

      (Oregano)
      Height5cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An attractive chartreuse groundcover forming a very flat dense mat of soft, rounded leaves. A flowing foil for brightly coloured flowers, magenta or electric blue are always winners with chartreuse, or as lift beneath the eaves of sombre foliaged shrubs.

      Foamy heads of small near white flowers in rosy bracts lend a free spirited beauty in spring.

      Just as tasty as the boring green forms but much more sun tolerant and reliable than O. vulgare ‘Aureum’, though not as brassy in colour, which it has superseded in the nursery.

  • Papaver
    • rhoeas   CAG02500

      (Flanders poppy)
      Height50cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Papaver rhoeas
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      The annual Flanders poppy needs little introduction. Great satiny swathes of blood red poppies appear wherever sown and reappear forever more after any disturbance to the soil.

      With a predilection for well drained, alkaline soil, in full sun and exposure, it will none the less grow anywhere except the shadiest, most sodden of sites.

      Scratch seeds into bare soil during autumn or winter.

      Each pack contains a garden colonising 50+ seeds.

  • Ratibida
    • columnifera f. pulcherrima   CAG02680

      (Prairie coneflower, Mexican hat)
      Height1m
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      Ratibida columnifera f. pulcherrima
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A richly coloured heat loving perennial found throughout North America and garden staple. Hardy and adaptable it thrives in any not overly moist soil where its gold edged, mahogany flowers with cone like centres will ceaselessly parade from spring until winter atop vertical stems loosely clad with soft green, pinnatifid leaves.

      Sensational with flowing grasses, tall perennials or as a quick easy ganache to save flavourless plantings.

      Best when cut down to ground level in winter to make room for new growth and in colder areas it will go dormant.

      May appreciate the addition of some ground limestone or dolomite in very acid soils.

  • Acanthus
    • mollis   CAG00063

      (Oyster plant, Bear's breeches)
      Height1m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - Shade
      Acanthus mollis
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      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.

    • mollis ‘Hollard's Gold’   CAG01102

      (Golden bear's breeches)
      Height1m
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL - M
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Acanthus mollis ‘Hollard's Gold’
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      One of the most beautiful chartreuse leaved plants you could ever grow.

      Large, 60cm plus, sharply scalloped, red stemmed leaves form spectacular rosettes over Winter, from the centre of which emerge each Spring, sturdy, 1m tall stalks topped with large hooded pink and white flowers, enclosed in sharp leafy bracts.

      Both the leaves and flowers are excellent for cutting and the flowers remain interesting even when dried.

      Will happily go dormant over Summer if grown dry, my prefered option as it can then be grown in full sun for best colour and the curled golden leaves erupting from the bare earth each Autumn are a breath taking sight.

  • Agave
    • potatorum   CAG02362
      Height50cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Agave potatorum
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A mid sized species forming a sphere of stiff, very blue, glaucous leaves, short and broad with prominent, red-black, sharks teeth around the margin and a wavy terminal spine.

      Its globular form is a stunning counterpoint to modern architecture and coupled with an ironclad constitution and impressive armament it is an ideal candidate for municipal and commercial gardens, rooftops or in a pot on the deck. Otherwise plant a few in a sea of gravel with Freesia in your choice of colours for a cheap and stunning, irrigation free, permanent lawn substitute.
      Doesn't run, pups are borne clustered around the base and if left attached form attractive clumps. I would expect it to be cold hardy in 99% of Australian gardens.

      Flowers are reputedly lime green, in clusters on a giant asparagus like stalk, but I have yet to see them so at least 10+ years to maturity.

  • Anemone
    • x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’   CAG01436
      Height1.2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A spreading perennial, evergreen in warm areas, grown for its late summer or autumn display of tall, forked, slender stems bearing pure white, saucer shaped flowers which hang serenely over billowing mounds of large, velvety, rich green leaves composed of 3 lobed leaflets.

      Perhaps at its best, and most rampant, in humid environs with rich, well drained, alkaline soil but even in less than ideal conditions, with leavers crisped from dry heat, it still flowers spectacularly and at a time all the more valued.

      Tall, single and full of grace.

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