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  • Anemopsis
    • californica   CAG02413

      (Yerba mansa)
      Anemopsis californica
      $12.00earn 60 points

      Rosettes of paddle shaped, waxy looking leaves, spicily fragrant when crushed, slowly form large colonies from which arise slender stemmed, pure white, cone centred flowers that stain red with age and vaguely resemble an Anemone or Echinacea.

      Both beautiful and seemingly delicate, it is native to seeps and springs in the deserts of the North American South West and is perfectly at home with blistering heat, frost, salinity and periodic drying out. Practically indestructible, "the" pond/dam plant for gardens where lesser aquatics fail and a beautiful addition to water gardens everywhere else. For shallow water or even a moist spot in the garden.

      Cut to ground level once the foliage has died back in autumn to make way for the new seasons growth..

      Not to be confused with Anemonopsis the delicate woodland plant.

  • Agastache
    • foeniculum   CAG01835

      (Anise hyssop, Licorice mint)

      A vigorous, clumping, Winter dormant perennial. Strong, square, stiffly erect stems, bear pairs of dark green, softly textured, sharply toothed, broadly lance shaped leaves which are strongly scented of licorice. All Summer and Autumn fat spikes of purple, tubular flowers are borne in great profusion to the delight of many nectar feeding insects.

      Cut to the ground in Autumn or enjoy the seed heads over Winter.

      Great for the tall border, or the back of a shorter one, perhaps with Salvia azurea and Monarda fistulosa.
      The fast growing mounds of leaves in Spring are alone, enough to make it worthy of garden space.

    • foeniculum ‘Aurea’   CAG01738

      Not quite as vigorous as the species the chartreuse coloured leaves of this variety make it all the more valuable as a foliage plant.

      Try a few in a bed of Delphinium ‘Blue Butterfly’ and Nepeta subsessilis for cool effect, add a backdrop of Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ (Golden hop) and Ipomoea ‘Scarlett O'Hara’ for a little more oomph.

  • Anethum
    • graveolens   CAG02805

      Anethum graveolens

      A culinary herb grown throughout Europe and much of Asia the fresh leaves, flowers and stems are typically used to flavour fish and vegetables, in soups and of course to flavour Dill pickles. The dried seeds can be used in a similar fashion, store well and so are available for use year round.

      A very hardy, winter growing annual in Perth and best scratched in directly where it is to grow in autumn or early winter when the weather has cooled down, irrigation is unnecessary. Colder regions may have to resort to spring sowing. The rosette of soft, feathery, glaucous leaves elongates on a stiff hollow stem over the course of the growing season to be topped in spring by branching, flat, umbrella-like heads of soft sulphur yellow flowers. Attractive and lends a little whimsy to any garden.
      The dried seed heads can remain attractive long after the seeds have fallen or been collected.

      Self sows freely in any bare soil that receives copious sunshine. If you can resist eating it all you too can have a self sustaining population.

  • Artemisia
    • abrotanum   CAG02981

      (Southernwood, Lad's love)

      A stiff mounding shrub with lacy, grey-green leaves surrounding reddish stems. Upright when young becoming denser and shrubbier with annual pruning to remove the wand-like stems of pale sulphur, button-like flowers which offer little interest other than than seasonally pleasing vertical accent. Found wild through much of southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

      Quite dark in active growth during the cooler months, greyer in summer, it can make a stunning counterpoint to silver leaved plants and offers potential for clipping into fuzzy balls, low informal hedges or parterre.

      Perfectly hardy to heat, drought and frost in any well drained soil with maximum sun. Too much shade, moisture or rich soil turns it into a pointless green thing.

      Might actually be A. camphorata if such a thing exists.

  • Escallonia
    • illinita   CAG01364

      Seemingly not very exciting this evergreen from Chile forms a semi-lax shrub whose stiff, slender branches are loosely clothed with small, wavy, elliptic, satiny, green leaves and carry short panicles of small, tubular, white flowers. Though quietly appealing it is the fallen foliage that emits a pleasing curry like aroma when crushed or walked on that makes it an attractive low input candidate for planting besides paths or seating areas in formal or informal gardens.

      Easily grown in any well drained but not too rich or moist soil in all but the most exposed sites. Appreciates a little summer water in Perth but in cooler regions should be fine with none. Prunes well and could even make an informal hedge but is otherwise happy to be left alone for many years.

  • Nepeta


    • racemosa ‘Walker's Low’   CAG00495

      A mound forming, densely clumping, woody rootstocked, evergreen perennial, extremely tolerant of dry soils and exposure. Whorls of rich blue-mauve flowers, held along slender stems, are borne profusely throughout the warmer months. Cut to the ground anytime it is looking tatty and you will quickly be rewarded with a new crop of the heart shaped, toothed, grey green leaves.

      A superior plant, of better colour and habit than the generic seed raised N. faassenii commonly encountered and which regrettably seem to have ruined the reputation of Catmints in this country.
      A garden staple.

  • Pelargonium


    Not to be confused with Geranium commonly encountered in temperate gardens. Pelargonium offers a diversity of growth habits, form and foliage for warmer climates and have little tolerance of cold winters.

    Species from winter rainfall southern Africa are mostly drought loving and favour lean sandy soils, prime targets for exploitation in Perth gardens.

    The common "Geraniums" of Australian gardens are typically hybrids involving summer rainfall species, developed for hot house culture elsewhere and are of variable hardiness on the west coast. Many struggle with dry heat and high leaf surface temperatures while some, predominantly older varieties, can be very robust.
  • Rosmarinus
  • Salvia


    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.
    • apiana   CAG02005

      (White sage)
      Salvia apiana

      A handsome sage demanding a hot, dry, exposed position where it will form a long lived, low woody shrub, clothed in intense silvery white lance shaped leaves. In spring thousands of small white flowers in dense tapering heads tower over the foliage on sturdy stems up to 2m high. The entire plant is highly aromatic, some might say pungent, smelling to me not unlike burnt rubber but considered lovely by many, especially bees who find the flowers irresistible.

      Easily among the best silver foliaged plants of all time, although it really is more white than silver.
      Try an un-irrigated super silver garden with others such as Centaurea cineraria, Epilobium canum subsp. canum and Salvia dorrii.
      Superb on road verges or against rammed earth walls where it looks right at home.

      Water until established and then at your own risk, an occasional summer watering is beneficial. Otherwise tolerant of any well drained soil.

      Best on the west coast. Not suitable for areas with high summer humidity (coastal Sydney northwards) but should fair well in the less humid interior.

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