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  • Foeniculum
    • vulgare ‘Purpureum’   CAG00973

      (Bronze fennel)
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      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.

  • Ajuga
    • australis   CAG01853

      (Austral bugle)
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      LightLight Shade

      A hardy clumping species from south east Australia very unlike the more familiar moisture loving ground covering members of its race.
      Rosettes of red tinted, dark green, bluntly toothed, lance shaped leaves appear to be cut from red backed velvet and in late winter produce tall slender spires of rich blue, two lipped, tubular flowers in whorls among small velvet leaflets.

      Gorgeous, drought hardy and self seeding in any lightly shaded well drained soil that is not over watered and over mulched. Will happily go dormant to survive dryness so don't be alarmed if it temporarily disappears over summer.

      Beautiful in a deep pot perhaps shared with some not too vigorous cool season bulbs and an ideal garden companion for wild Cyclamen whose form, foliage and flowers make the perfect compliment, at least in my opinion.

  • Oxalis
    • triangularis subsp. papilionacea   CAG01715
      Flowering SeasonAll
      LightSun - L. Sh.

      A marvellous foliage plant whose opulent, trifoliate, dark purple leaves, with brighter chevron markings, are immediately coveted and then gaped at incredulously after learning it is not only an Oxalis, a genus deleteriously dismissed, but easily grown in any well drained soil, sun or shade. The attractive, pale pink, five petalled, bell-like flowers are merely an added bonus.

      Slowly clump forming it usually takes a year or so to establish it's fleshy tap root before looking brilliant and then tolerates dry spells or excessive heat by going temporarily dormant, as it does through winter, though it may still continue to flower even without leaves.

      Sensational in a pot deep enough to accommodate a root system that while relatively deep is not aggressive and plays well with companions.

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