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  • Cistus
  • 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.

  • Iris
    • kochii   CAG00706

      (Flag Iris)
      Height60cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSp / Au
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Iris kochii
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An exceptional Iris, performing reliably in all but the shadiest of gardens, and having both beautiful flowers and valuable foliage.
      The sturdy stems of strongly scented, regal purple, flag iris flowers are are held above compact clumps of sword-like, grey-green leaves.

      Under favourable conditions it will repeat bloom several times throughout the year.

      As with all Iris feed well and avoid high nitrogen fertilizers.
      Prefers a well drained, alkaline soil and thrives in coastal conditions.

      Used to great effect in large drifts, mass plantings or as edgings, due to the neat foliage, and is often combined with Iris albicans for a stunning combination.

      Extensively used by the landscaping industry, it is available bare rooted in any quantity.
      Trade enquiries welcome.

  • 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.

  • Santolina
    • chamaecyparissus   CAG01012

      (Lavender cotton)
      Height40cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Santolina chamaecyparissus
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A garden staple long valued for its neat buns of feathered, silvery grey, coralline foliage, upright, button-like, yellow flowers and hardiness. Its scale and form goes well with just about anything but especially other mediterranean type foliage and is useful to give a bit of structure to smaller gardens or gardens full of small but formless desirables. Excellent too for parterre or formal edging.

      From the Mediterranean and easily grown in any well drained sunny soil, with leanness and exposure favouring the densest and silveriest growth.

      Trim off spent flowers annually and cut back hard as needed while actively growing.

  • Scabiosa
    • africana   CAG02485
      Height60cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      Scabiosa africana
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Bold rosettes of furry, frilly edged, fresh green leaves form a dense shrub producing soft lavender-pink pincushion-like flowers atop tall branching stems throughout the warmer months, followed by geometrically appealing sea urchin-like seedheads.

      Stunning against a brick wall or plant it with some other finer textured warm climate garden endemics like Argyranthemum, Geranium incanum and Helichrysum petiolare and lord it over your gardening friends from temperate and tropical climes. Good form, foliage, flowers and seedheads while being easy to grow and long lived, it ticks all the boxes.

      For any well drained sunny soil with at least occasional summer water. From the Cape Peninsular, South Africa.

  • Cistus
    • ladanifer ‘Bennett's White’   CAG00992
      Height2m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Many that consider themselves familiar with the Rockrose let a little gasp escape when seeing this in bloom for the first time. Despite the species being the most famed, and possibly the most drought loving given its distribution through much of the Mediterranean and northern Africa, it seems little grown in this country.

      Huge, creped, pure white, five petalled, saucer shaped flowers, centred with a showy golden boss of stamens (looking like poached eggs), are borne abundantly from plump buds over glossy, dark green, lanceolate foliage, held sparsely enough so as not to hide the richly caramel stems, sticky to the touch and pleasingly aromatic (see Labdanum). Becoming a sizable shrub and ground hugging with time as the branches gradually bow under the weight of successive upright new growth.

      This select form lacks the prominent wine stain spots on each petal that is characteristic of the species.

      Easily grown in any well drained, preferably unirrigated, sunny soil. The more exposure the better with any shade impacting performance and density, though even poorly grown it will still impress.

      I find this is much more palatable, than other species, to gardeners to which the beauty of the garrigue does not appeal.

  • Euphorbia
    • dendroides   CAG01595

      (Tree spurge)
      Height2.5m
      Width2.5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Euphorbia dendroides
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Undoubtedly one of the greatest and hardiest of the genus. The dome like crown of branches atop the central trunk becomes denser and more magnificent with time. During spring each branch bears a cluster of small green flowers, each held in showy, bright chartreuse bracts, then with rising summer temperature the narrow, soft green, glaucous leaves flare yellow, orange and red before being shed to conserve moisture over summer when its structural form can be most admired.

      At home in limestone soil around the Mediterranean Sea it will happily tolerate all but poor drainage and heavy shade though lean soil, drought and exposure yield the finest form and colour.

      Prune not. It is properly shrubby with persistent branches, unlike herbaceous types (e.g. E. wulfenii).

  • Glaucium
    • corniculatum   CAG02922

      (Horned poppy)
      Height30cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Glaucium corniculatum
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A biennial poppy of poor dry soils around the Mediterranean Sea eastwards into Iran. Producing 5cm, burnt orange, saucer shaped flowers throughout the baking summer on sprawling, branching stems from appealing rosettes of hairy, blue-grey, pinnate leaves. Valuable summer colour with sumptuous mediterranen foliaged shrubs Euphorbia, Cistus, Santolina etc.

      Exposure, excellent drainage and summer dryness are essential for best performance with alkaline coastal sands being ideal, though it's more tolerant of heavier soil and interior conditions than the yellow flowered G. flavum.
      Rich soil will inevitably yield a leafy vegetable that flowers poorly and lives but briefly. If it persists for more than two years and self seeds then congratulations at having far greater garden potential than copious irrigation and soil improvers can ever provide.

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