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  • Anemopsis
    • californica   CAG02413

      (Yerba mansa)
      Height30cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterH
      LightSun
      Anemopsis californica
      for $7.00earn 35 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.

  • Anethum
    • graveolens   CAG02805

      (Dill)
      Height1.2m
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Anethum graveolens
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      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)
      Height90cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 100 points

      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.

  • Pelargonium
    • Apricot Scented   CAG00725

      (Apricot scented geranium)
      Height80cm
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The scent of apricots may need a little imagination but it is nonetheless a fine garden plant. A low growing soft shrub, albeit stiffly branched, clothed in deeply dissected, mid-green, coarsely hairy leaves and studded with clusters of bright pink five petalled flowers.

      Excellent for planting with other mediterraneans (Cistus, Lavandula, Phlomis etc.), making the most of its distinct texture and form.

      Tough and easily grown in any well drained soil with an occasional drink over summer.

    • fragrans ‘Old Spice’   CAG02344
      for $7.00earn 35 points

    • ‘Mabel Grey’ (Sc)   CAG03175
      Height80cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Probably the best and certainly most famous of all the lemon scented types, Mabel makes a bold ground hugging shrub with deeply incised, coarsely textured yellowish green foliage, very strongly lemon scented, adorned endlessly with clusters of candy pink five petalled flowers.

      Easily grown in any well drained soil with a modicum of summer water, I find the broad leaved types do best with a little protection here and should be cut back hard when they become leggy and are in active growth.

      Mounds of this with clumps of blue sword like Iris albicans and your silver Artemisia of choice make for a stunning mediterranean style combo in sandy soil.

    • tomentosum   CAG02449

      (Peppermint scented geranium)
      Height20cm
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - L
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A divine groundcover for warm mediterranean gardens where it forms a plush carpet of thick and velvety, fresh green, broadly lobed, strongly peppermint scented foliage that is overlaid in spring with airy clusters of small white flowers.

      From sheltered areas in the mountains of southern Africa it is at its best in sandy soil that doesn't become too dry and with some protection from midday summer sun. Making it ideally suited for blanketing under fruit trees and roses, spilling over east or west facing retaining walls or embracing a cloistered bench taking advantage of its refreshing scent. It does tolerate drying out once established by shedding and folding its leaves, I make the most of this by having it mingled with the summer growing Artemisia ‘Valerie Finnis’ for two phase year round cover.

      Frost tender but regenerates rapidly from the robust stems.

  • 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.
    • apiana   CAG02005

      (White sage)
      Height50cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Salvia apiana
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      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.

  • Agastache
    • foeniculum   CAG01835

      (Anise hyssop, Licorice mint)
      Height1.2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      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
      Height1m
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      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.

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