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  • Arctotis
    • 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.

  • Campanula

    (Bellflowers)
    Campanulaceae

  • Cleome
    • hassleriana   CAG00179

      (Spider flower)
      Height1.8m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A large and glorious, long blooming, summer growing annual from southern South America. Forming a stiffly branched open shrub, with large, hairy, palmate leaves and bearing all summer and autumn whorls of pink, purple or white, four petalled flowers with long extending stamens, spidery in effect.

      Sow just below the surface in any well drained sunny soil in late winter or early spring while temperatures are still fluctuating but the danger of frost has passed (oscillating temperatures are needed for germination). Alternatively they can be started off in small pots, from which they transplant very well when young.

      Will self sow in bare well drained soil.

      Each pack contains in excess of 50+ seeds.

  • Collinsia
    • heterophylla   CAG02464

      (Chinese houses)
      Height45cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A Californian annual of remarkable and unusual beauty. Whorls of bi-tone, purple and white, lupin-like flowers are tiered on slender stems, narrowing towards the top, pagoda style. They are borne in great abundance on delicate plants with small triangular leaves.

      One of the few winter annuals that prefers a lightly shaded position, where they will flower longest, though they grow happily in full sun as well.

      Scratch into bare, well drained soil in autumn or early winter where they should self sow the following year.

      Excellent in a pot, especially when combined with other Californian annuals.

      Each pack contains, at the bare minimum, 50+ seeds.

  • Erysimum

    (Wallflower)
    Brassicaceae

  • Geranium
    • incanum   CAG00256
      Height30cm
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonAll
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      Geranium incanum
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A soft, flowing perennial from South Africa and the most useful and reliable of the genus for our climate. Saucer shaped, 3.5cm, pink-purple flowers are produced prolifically over a deep carpet of fine, filigree foliage. Spill down walls, over rocks and across paths with abandon as the trailing stems are non rooting. Good covering foil for Amaryllis belladonna, or other large bulbs, or for hiding ugly trunks of roses.

      Happy in any adequately drained soil but best in sand. Tolerant of light Shade but sun and exposure dictate density. Some summer watering is essential but less so in the south.

      Cut back very hard when in positive growth for complete renewal and replace every few years with young self sown seedlings, ruthlessly discard any of coarse form or inferior flower.

  • Gilia
    • tricolor   CAG02453

      (Birds eyes)
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Gilia tricolor
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A self sowing Californian annual that parades all spring, into summer, masses of 1cm, five petalled, almost circular flowers, delicately coloured a soft mauve fading to white towards a dark centre which is accented by dainty pale blue stamens. Each a work of art in miniature complimented by lacy soft green foliage.

      Does well in a pot to replace or compliment gaudy modern hybrid annuals or could even be planted with other Californians.

      Scratch into bare sunny soil, where they are to grow, in autumn or winter.

      Each pack contains a generous 50+ seeds.

  • Iris
    • x barbata Elegant Purple (TB)   CAG02842
      Height80cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Probably an old Tall Bearded Iris hybrid from the early 1900's. A vigorous and reliable early flowerer, its blue-purple blooms, on branching, slender stems, are more graceful and elegant than modern, flamboyant varieties, and with tighter clumps of narrower leaves it is a better proportioned fit for informal gardens or as a gentler compliment to stark architecture.

      Of particular merit is its tolerance of shade, where it is the only variety I have yet to encounter that flowers well and keeps attractive foliage.

      For well drained soil. Summer irrigation is completely unnecessary but mulch and the excessive winter dampness it encourages is tolerated poorly.

    • 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.

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