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  • Amaryllis
    • belladonna   CAG01045

      (Easter lily, Naked lady)
      Height1m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterL
      LightSun - Shade
      Amaryllis belladonna
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A super tough South African that should need little introduction, though, where once its autumn spectacle was taken for granted through the South West it is now being increasingly displaced by fleeting makeover starlets.

      Clusters of large. flaring, funnel shaped flowers, pale pink and deepening with age, are carried atop sturdy, fleshy stems. The strappy, dark green leaves emerge after flowering from the necks of large, papery, brown bulbs that are typically somewhat exposed, adjusting to their preferred depth with the aid of contractile roots. Becoming deciduous with rising temperatures in spring and then requiring zero water over summer.

      Infallible in any soil, in any position except the densest shade. Usually takes several years to settle in and commence flowering for perpetuity.

      For me, nothing heralds more the imminent return of cooler weather and rain than the sight of fat buds thrusting naked from parched ground. I imagine it is the same joy that gardeners in cold regions feel on seeing the first hint of spring in a shoot emerging from snow.

  • Chasmanthe
    • floribunda   CAG02923
      Height1.5m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Like a Watsonia on roids.
      Bold lush clumps of bright green, sword-like leaves support slightly wayward, planar spikes of tubular, burnt orange, bird pollinated flowers on slender dark stems, perfect for the vase or the drought loving tropical style garden. Cormous and summer deciduous. From south western Africa.

      Not weedy as are some of the Watsonia, with which it is often confused, though it does self sow and seems to be more fond of drier conditions.
      Easily grown in any well drained sunny soil, during its summer dormancy irrigation is unnecessary and may even be of detriment (I've never tried watering it).

  • Dimorphotheca
    • sinuata   CAG02862

      (African daisy)
      Height30cm
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      An easy to grow, very showy, winter annual from our geographically disparate climate cousin Namaqualand. Dark eyed, soft orange to apricot daisy flowers are copiously produced above leafy clumps of light silvery green, narrowly lobed leaves.

      Well adapted to poor sandy soil but happy in anything that is not too wet. In autumn or early winter scratch in or lightly cover seeds where they are to grow in as sunny position as possible and where they will hopefully reseed for coming years. Add an Ostrich or an Oryx or two for extra realism.

      Each pack contains 50+ seeds.

  • Halleria
    • lucida   CAG01050

      (Tree fuchsia, White olive)
      Height5m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonWi - Su
      WaterM - L
      LightSun - Shade
      Halleria lucida
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      One of those curious plants that flowers on its branches and trunk rather than at the tips of new growth, with clusters of small, brown, tubular, foxglove-like flowers, conspicuous when on bare bark, are adored by nectar feeding birds and followed by edible but unpalatable grape-like black berries.
      It forms a dense shrub or even a small quite shapely tree if unbutchered but it takes pruning well and its finely toothed, satiny, ovoid leaves and dense but graceful habit would probably make for a fine hedge or screen, of course denser growth will obscure the flowers. A pleached allée might allow for the best of both worlds or else grow it by a path where you can marvel at the flowers as you walk beneath, otherwise just a useful dense evergreen fort background plantings or to hide a wall.

      I wouldn't recommend it for somewhere hot and too exposed, it's from the summer rainfall areas of southern Africa not the west coast, but once established it is very durable, highly shade tolerant and will survive with minimal summer watering.

  • Nerine
    • bowdenii ‘Winter Cheer’   CAG01697
      Height20cm
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonWinter
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Nerine bowdenii ‘Winter Cheer’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Clusters of bright lipstick pink flowers on very slender stems, daintier than most of the N. sarniensis types. Valued for its late blooming period, after winters descent when it has few floral competitors and its gay colour is most appreciated. Multiplies rapidly to form a low clump of narrow, glossy green, strap-like leaves that emerge after the flowers and are shed each summer. Some light shade may be beneficial.

      A summer rainfall species that still performs admirably here sans irrigation though it flowers even better in watered gardens where the less moisture tolerant winter rainfall species fail.

      Plant bulbs with their neck barely protruding from the soil surface, once they adjust themselves as desired, with the aid of their contractile roots, flowering will commence and increase in grandeur annually for ever more.

    • ‘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.

  • Elegia
  • Ferraria
  • Pelargonium
    • echinatum   CAG01324
      Height40cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Pelargonium echinatum
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A summer deciduous South African species forming a low mound of slightly spiny, silvery green, succulent branches densely clothed through the cooler months with felty, grey-green, scalloped leaves. White five petalled flowers, with prominent dark red blotches, age slowly to rosy pink and are borne in large circular clusters on slender stems during spring.

      Easily grown in unirrigated, well drained, sunny soil. Tolerant of only light frost.

      Exceedingly lovely in harsh conditions or as specimen in a large pot where its summer habit can be most appreciated.

      Excess summer moisture will result in an early demise of this otherwise very long lived albeit relatively slow growing plant.

    • ionidiflorum   CAG00931
      Height20cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      Pelargonium ionidiflorum
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A small growing, evergreen, sprawling perennial with small, deeply incised, grey green leaves covering the stiff, wiry branches. Throughout the warmer months of the year, small, pale pink, butterfly-like flowers are borne profusely in airy clusters on slender stems.
      Unusual for the genus the lower 3 petals are larger than the upper 2.
      Removal of accumulated spent flowerheads and the occasional fatigued branch is all the maintenance necessary.

      A tough little plant for the edge of paths, trailing over walls or in hanging baskets. As with all pelargoniums provide good drainage.

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