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  • Cosmos
    • diversifolius   CAG00185
      Height45cm
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonAu - Sp
      WaterM
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Cosmos diversifolius
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An exceptionally vigorous winter flowering groundcover of Mexican origin whose soft pink daisy-like flowers and flowing mounds of lush, lacy foliage make for choice filler between warm season shrubs, particularly Roses, where it will appreciate the offered shelter during summer and mask any awkwardity in their off season, when it shines.

      Easily grown in any reasonably drained soil. Not drought tolerant but not a high water user either as it is at a low ebb during the heat, though I suspect in more humid regions it would romp year round but maybe not else it should be more commonly encountered. Cut back hard in spring or as needed and the shallow rooted stems are easily removed by hand. Somewhat frost tolerant but probably not great in the coldest areas.

  • Crotalaria
    • semperflorens   CAG00795
      Height4m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonWinter
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Crotalaria semperflorens
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      An ultra fast growing, tree-like, leguminous shrub with large, softly hairy, elliptical leaves bearing dense spikes of sweetly perfumed, bright yellow, 3cm, pea-like flowers in early winter, which are followed by large inflated seed pods that explode loudly during warm spring days.

      Reaches full size of 3-4m within 2 years, with an expected lifespan of 3-4 years.

      Self seeds freely, which is handy as you look forward to it's spectacular display each year.

      Must be planted as a seedling. Seedling stage lasts only a few weeks so is rarely offered briefly.

  • Montanoa
    • leucantha var. arborescens   CAG02686
      Height10m
      Width5m
      Flowering SeasonWinter
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Montanoa leucantha var. arborescens
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A large quick growing tree-like perennial from Mexico generously clothed in softly textured, sometimes lobed, broadly lance shaped, darker green leaves. During winter the great billowing heads of golden bossed, white daisy flowers are followed by curious spherical pale green seed heads. Brilliant.

      Much more vigorous than M. bipinnatifida and an excellent choice for a quick growing screen.

      Since it has no wood it suffers in high winds but is otherwise easily grown in any well drained soil with adequate summer moisture, becoming more dry tolerant with maturity. Probably sensitive to heavy frost.

      Hack hard in spring to reduce size and encourage bolder foliage, mine recovers about 7m of growth each year, or let it form a beautiful tree.

  • Plectranthus
  • Pycnostachys
    • urticifolia   CAG00907
      Height2m
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterH
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Pycnostachys urticifolia
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A curious and highly desirable plant better suited to the tropics but worth growing at least once. Conical flower spikes wear an electric blue girdle of lipped, tubular flowers and develop into attractive seedheads crowded with soft rosy spines. Quick and shrubby of growth with toothed, broadly lanced shaped, soft green, slightly felty leaves.
      From tropical east Africa, moisture loving and intolerant of much dry heat or the slightest frost, a short lived perennial for a sheltered site, where it can reach 2m or more or else a temperamental, albeit self seeding, annual.

  • Buddleja
    • davidii ‘Black Knight’   CAG00141
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A hardy, quick growing, evergreen, butterfly attracting shrub, with pairs of white backed, lance shaped leaves clothing the woody stems. Dense, conical sprays of small, tubular, four petalled flowers of the deepest blue purple.
      Trim lightly after each flush of flowers or it can be pruned back to ground level while in active growth to encourage vigorous new basal shoots.

      One of the choicer cultivars.

    • davidii ‘Royal Red’   CAG00143
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A hardy, quick growing, evergreen, butterfly attracting shrub, with pairs of white backed, lance shaped leaves clothing the woody stems. Dense, conical sprays of small, tubular, four petalled flowers of an unusual wine red shade.

      Trim lightly after each flush of flowers or it can be pruned back to ground level while in active growth to encourage vigorous new basal shoots.

      As close to red as a Buddleja gets. One of my favourites.

    • davidii White   CAG00144
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A hardy, quick growing, evergreen, butterfly attracting shrub, with pairs of white backed, lance shaped leaves clothing the woody stems. Dense, conical sprays of small, tubular, four petalled white flowers.
      Trim lightly after each flush of flowers or it can be pruned back to ground level while in active growth to encourage vigorous new basal shoots.

    • ‘Pink Delight’   CAG00142
      Height2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      Buddleja ‘Pink Delight’
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      An attractive, evergreen, medium sized shrub. A quick grower with dark green silver backed leaves paired along stiff woody stems. Dense sprays of tubular, mid pink flowers are produced on mass on and off throughout the warmer months.
      Trim lightly after each flush of flowers or it can be pruned back to ground level while in active growth to encourage vigorous new basal shoots.
      Butterfly attracting.

      Smaller growing and more compact than most of the other B. davidii types.

  • Furcraea
    • foetida   CAG01463

      (Mauritias hemp, Giant cabuya)
      Height2m
      Width3m
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterL
      LightSun - Shade
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A fast growing, sensationally hardy garden sculpture, also useful as a source of low grade fibre for ropes and twine around the home. The single three metre wide symmetrical rosette of stiffly held, sword-like, green, leathery leaves produces, in maturity (typically 3-5 years), a towering seven metre tall many branched flower spike that bears hundreds of pendant, greenish-cream, goblet-like flowers followed by plump bulbils that are easily detached and replanted for large scale greenscaping. As it is monocarpic (it dies after flowering) it can be useful for temporary fill or scale while more permanent plants are still growing or else replace it with one of its progeny for greater dynamics.

      All the glory of a large Agave without the time commitment, sans spines and suckering.

      From South America and the Caribbean and looking equally at home in xeric, mediterranean or tropical styled gardens. Unkillable in any soil that receives at least a few drinks a year. Tolerant of light frosts. Survives shade and/or copious water but will be prone to toppling when in flower.

      A pitiful pot subject unless it can get its roots in the ground.

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