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  • Euphorbia
    • lambii   CAG02356
      Euphorbia lambii
      $12.00earn 60 points

      A sculptural tree like shrub from the Canary Islands forming a domed crown of blue-green, bluntly lance shaped leaves held in moppy rosettes atop smooth bare branches. In spring the rounded heads of long lasting lime green bracts contrast and further defy convention.

      Appreciating a little shade its unique character can be used as a feature silhouetted against a wall or the trunk of a large Eucalypt, else plant it by a path to be walked under and admired in maturity. Under plant with low growing, dry loving plants of choice, maybe Cyclamen or even other Euphorbia for a study in green or for a larger scale a few clumps of Agave attenuata mirroring its rosetted foliage.

      Easily grown in any reasonably well drained soil.

      As with any plant grown for tree like form, trunk or caudex, starting with a young seed raised plant is essential. Cutting grown plants make very nice rounded shrubs but will never develop the desired characteristic.

  • Ageratum
    • houstonianum Perennial   CAG00079

      (Perennial Ageratum, Floss flower)
      Ageratum houstonianum Perennial

      A robust perennial form of the common bedding annual Floss flower from Mexico and grown in Australia for many years, its origins lost in the mists of time. Forms a stiff shrub clothed in softly haired, triangular, mid green leaves, cupping in a dryer atmosphere. Tight clusters of light blue, pompom-like flowers are produced throughout the year on long stems, making it perfect for picking and very popular in the florist trade.

      Dead head and prune regularly when in active growth, never to dead wood, to promote flowering.

      Starts riots in the butterfly world, particular among Monarchs and Lesser Wanderers who find it irresistible.

      Clay soil is unacceptable, otherwise easily grown in rich well irrigated soil. Will suffer in all but the mildest frosts.

  • Amorpha
    • fruticosa   CAG01866

      (False indigo)

      A quick growing, elegant, multi stemmed, winter deciduous, leguminous shrub from eastern North America that is sure to draw comment from garden visitors. Small elliptical leaflets make up lacy foliage from which long spikes of bottlebrush-like, deep purple flowers wave languorously in late spring.

      In need of some water but otherwise very tolerant of heat and exposure.
      Irresistible to nectar feeding insects.

  • Arctostaphylos

    (Manzanita, Bearberry)

    • densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’   CAG01153

      (Vine Hill manzanita)
      Arctostaphylos densiflora ‘Howard McMinn’

      A Californian shrub of outstanding merit. Leathery, dark green, elliptical leaves fail to hide the beautiful, peeling and glossy, cherry brown barked, sinuous branches. In spring, pendant clusters of small, pale pink, urn-like flowers are gracefully adorned in an abundance to compliment and complete a most unique and harmonious picture.

      Perhaps best as a specimen surrounded only by low growing plants to not detract visually and allow closer admiration, Californian annuals or ground covering Ceanothus would seem most appropriate, otherwise an ideal companion for larger Ceanothus, Dendromecon, Fremontodendron or other shrubs that enjoy similar conditions.

      Likely to be killed only by kindness, poor soil is preferred and an occasional deep drink in summer may be enjoyed. Light shade is also agreeable though certainly not necessary.

      No pruning is required unless density in place of grace is desirable, reputedly it responds well and would make for an exceptional informal hedge.

      Rarely are Manzanita to be encountered outside of gardens lucky enough to be in a mediterranean climate. Summers of sufficiently low humidity, such as we experience, are essential.

  • 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.

    • absinthium ‘Lambrook Silver’   CAG01478

      A first class perennial from the garden of Marjorie Fish, forming a clump of lacy, gently arching, silver leaves. A valuable component of any designers palette of high impact plants, providing sufficient interest and contrast without visual competition. Panicles of pale yellow, button-like flowers are borne in summer, after which a quick cut to ground can restore order, if desired, or else wait until winter when it is semi-deciduous.

      Lower growing and more refined than the species which is found throughout Europe, western Asia and northern Africa.
      More graceful and less spreading than A. ‘Powis Castle’ but almost as indestructible and seems to be more clay tolerant. Easily grown in any well drained, sunny, lean soil. Likely to be short lived in areas with high summer humidity, a lifer everywhere else.

      Also the defining constituent of Absinthe.

    • arborescens   CAG00857

    • ‘Powis Castle’   CAG00107

      A low spreading shrub. The best of the silver plants, finely dissected silver foliage forms dense weed suppressing mounds. Non flowering. Fantastic as an edging for garden beds, drives or paths in full sun. Try planting with Geranium incanum for a little added colour.

  • Bocconia
    • arborea   CAG02976

      A curious member of the poppy family (Papaveraceae) from the Americas that forms a large, woody stemmed shrub or small tree with leathery, sharply pinnate, white backed leaves, uniquely exotic and highly prized. Plant against a flat surface or silhouette it upon the horizon for maximum impact, or prune it up to enjoy the shadows on gravel/paving. Panicles of dull purplish green flowers are followed by glaucous fruit.

      Removal of spent seedheads is all the maintenance necessary other than preferential shaping or thinning of branches for higher resolution.

      Highly adaptable, it appreciates a little TLC until established and is then quite hardy but too wet a feet in winter or too much dryness in summer are best avoided as is root disturbance. Life expectancy in a pot is unfortunately short.

  • Buddleja
    • alternifolia   CAG00726

      A medium, weeping, winter deciduous shrub. The slender, arching branches are clothed in small, alternating, dark green, lance shaped foliage. In spring, on the previous years growth, clusters of small, lilac, richly perfumed flowers, encircle the branches along their length. Prune after flowering if necessary. Makes one of the most splendid standards.

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