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  • Achillea

    (Yarrows)
    Asteraceae

  • Arctotis
  • Hemerocallis

    (Daylilies)
    Xanthorrhoeaceae

    One of the worlds most popular garden plants, especially in the U.S. They are care free clump forming perennials with large beautiful flowers in a wide range of colours held over neat grass-like foliage. They are sensationally tough and are happy in just about any soil and climate found in Australia. They are also completely edible and in their native China are commonly consumed.

    We originally started growing and selling Daylilies in the eighties at one point having thousands of varieties and tens of thousands of plants in full production. They have large fleshy roots and are poorly suited to pot culture and so are traditionally sold bare rooted and establish very easily. While there was interest from the landscaping trade, some mass plantings can still be seen around Perth decades later, most gardeners in W.A. are conditioned to buying flowering plants in pots.

    We no longer maintain vast quantities nor keep up with the latest breeding developments, new varieties cost many hundreds of dollars. Instead we focus on choice varieties of outstanding garden merit. Many of these varieties are "old" and no longer popular and have almost ceased to exist. As with many plants modern breeding offers a fantastic array of flower colours and forms but there seems to be little regard to grace, habit and overall garden worthiness and most lack the elegance and charm of old favourites, tried and true.

    Daylilies do survive drought very well but will perform very poorly under such conditions and in our climate are perhaps not the most suitable plant for mass plantings but a large clump or two is easy enough to throw an occasional bucket of water on and will enrich any garden.
    • ‘Charred’   CAG03162
      Height50cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      When I was growing up Daylilies were a major part our business and of the many hundreds of varieties in the field visitors would invariably be drawn to the scorched red blooms of H. ‘Charred’, most remarkable in the era of pastel, of course much to their ire it was always in short supply as it's slow to increase.

      Well proportioned, clumps of lush curvaceous foliage support scapes that are neither squat nor tall and star shaped flowers that are always slightly in disarray, in a burnished mutable red.

      By Australian breeder Simpson and one of my all time favourites along with H. ‘Cheops’ another of his.

      Evergreen.

  • Hibiscus
    • coccineus   CAG01217

      (Scarlet Hibiscus, Scarlet Rose Mallow, Swamp Hibiscus)
      Height2.4m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterH - M
      LightSun
      Hibiscus coccineus
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A tuberous rooted, winter dormant perennial. Sturdy rod-like stems emerge in mid-spring to be sparsely clothed with large, deeply lobed, maple-like leaves and carry branches of giant, 18cm, widely open, 5 petalled, scarlet flowers.
      Can be grown in shallow water, 5cm deep, as an unusual and spectacular pond plant, or in any sunny position that stays constantly moist.

      Cut to the ground in winter or leave the corky stems and accompanying seed pods as a seasonal sculpture.

      An exotic looking, yet remarkably easy to grow plant, that those who like giant perennials, can never get enough of.

  • Lobelia
  • Nerine
    • ‘Optimist’   CAG03065
      Height30cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Nerine ‘Optimist’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Clusters of fierce scarlet flowers with prominently protruding stamens atop sturdy stems. Garden fireworks that celebrate the arrival of the wet season.

      Strappy bluish green leaves emerge shortly after flowering from the top of papery tuniced long necked bulbs which should be planted with necks exposed.

      For any well drained soil. A drier rest during summer dormancy is essential to initiate flowering and for long term survival.

  • 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.

  • Pentas
    • bussei   CAG00703
      Height1.2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Wi
      WaterM
      LightSun - Shade
      Pentas bussei
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A medium, evergreen shrub. Mid to light green, softly haired leaves are paired along erect stems. From early Summer through to Winter, tight clusters of small, star shaped, bright scarlet flowers are produced. Prune regularly and remove spent flower heads to promote flowering. The toughest Pentas in our conditions. Protect from frost. Attracts butterflies.

  • Salvia

    (Sage)
    Lamiaceae

    A genus whose popularity has risen exponentially in recent times. Offering a diverse range of form and colour there is a Salvia for nearly every garden situation with more and more being discovered and described all the time. The count now stands somewhere in excess of 1000, including subspecies, according to The Plant List. They are found on every continent except Antarctica.

    From a gardeners perspective they can not all be treated the same, they come from many different climates after all, but as a rule of thumb can be grouped into winter rainfall and summer rainfall species and with few exceptions they all prefer well drained soil.

    Soft leaved species from Central and South America are usually autumn and winter flowering. Coming from summer rainfall areas they typically need protection from dry heat and the accompanying high light intensity and they vary in their tolerance of winter damp. As with most plants the larger the leaves the more water they require, this also dictates how fast they grow with many growing several metres in a single season.

    Species from south western North America, South Africa, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands are all winter growers and are tolerant or demanding of dry heat and summer drought. Slower growing but usually longer lived these all tend to have small, densely haired, silver or grey leaves or a combination of these traits which help them conserve moisture. Most of these require no additional water in Perth and are well adapted to our climate. They tend tend to flower from spring into summer.


    Prune back to where vigorous new basal growth is seen, never to dead wood, they appear to store little food in their stems and without leaves stand a chance of starving to death or at least struggle to regenerate. The exception is those few that are tuberous or clump forming, these can be cut to ground level once the stems start dying back in late autumn.
    • ‘Navajo Bright Red’   CAG01585
      Height50cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      Salvia ‘Navajo Bright Red’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      One of the few cultivars derived from Central American species that performs well in our warm mediterranean climate, capable of coming through a summer unscathed even without irrigation as well as handling our wet winters in any reasonably well drained soil. Numerous 1cm bright cerise-red flowers from dark calyxes are carried on short stems above a low mounding shrub well clothed in small, soft, rounded, fresh green leaves.

      Its form, foliage and complimentary colour lend it to the footing of bare stemmed roses or filling between bolder foliaged plants like Euphorbia and Echium.

      A few drinks over summer and an occasional light trim will keep it looking fresh for years. Flowers predominantly in the warmer months but there are still enough flowers during winter for the birds to fight over.

      A S. microphylla selection or possible hybrid.

    • splendens ‘Vanhouttei’   CAG02743
      Height1.2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAll
      WaterH - M
      LightFilt.Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Adored by all with its deep red tubular flowers emerging from rich burgundy bracts in short spikes on an erect, quick growing shrub clothed in 10cm pale green deltoid leaves. It is easily grown in a sheltered site (humidity is key) with well drained soil and regular summer water but it is frost and drought sensitive as expected from a plant whose origins lie in the tropical Americas.

      S. splendens is encountered globally in a wide range of colours as a stunted annual bedding plant but a few cultivars are more robust and persist for several years here, with S. ‘Black Knight’ and S. ‘Vanhouttei’ chief among them.

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