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  • Anemone
    • hupehensis var. japonica ‘Pamina’   CAG00687
      Height60cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      Anemone hupehensis var. japonica ‘Pamina’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A spreading, evergreen perennial. Large, rich green leaves, with 3 oak-like leaflets, are held on slender stems. In Autumn, tall, branching, slender stems of double, mid pink, narrow petalled, saucer shaped flowers, are produced. Protect from strong winds. Keep moist and provide with organic matter. In time it will form a spectacular colony.

  • 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.

  • Artemisia
    • princeps ‘Crabling’   CAG02319

      (Yomogi, Japanese mugwort)
      Height10cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun - Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Forming a dense creeping mat of small dark green dissected foliage Crabling makes for durable unassuming edible groundcover in awkward spots, tolerant of heavy and shallow soil, periodic wetness and drying out as well as the occasional heavy boot (possible lawn substitute). Vigorous but not quite rampant, the shallow subterranean stolons, to which it owes its durability, are fairly easy to remove if invading in areas they are unwanted.

      Winter dormant, allowing for easy clean up and weeding, ensuring a fresh look each year as well as letting in light for winter growing bulbs and annuals. In late summer taller spires of insignificant flowers add some temporary height, perhaps needed wildness, easily removed by a quick shearing/wowing which will yield fresh verdant growth in a matter of days and keep it looking good into winter.

    • princeps ‘Dynamite’   CAG02320

      (Yomogi, Japanese mugwort)
      Height1.5m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The antithesis of Crabling it explodes from winter dormancy making a mound of feathery dark green, silver backed leaves and sending skyward leafy flowering stems, bearing insignificant flowers, adding lush foliage and temporary height to the garden without stealing the limelight from showier flowering plants or fine foliaged grasses.

      Tolerant of heavy soils, periodic wet feet and dryness. It can be cut to ground level at any time resulting in a fresh crop of lush growth. Very quick growing but only sedately spreading b y its underground stolons. Shade will make it flabby.

      The form to grow if your looking for a vegetable.

  • Campanula

    (Bellflowers)
    Campanulaceae

  • Chlorophytum
    • comosum Narrow Stripe   CAG03174

      (Spider plant, Ribbon plant)
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - H
      LightShade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The humble Spider plant, a tuberous rooted, evergreen, clump forming perennial whose arching ribbon-like foliage is found adorning bathrooms the world over, though it is actually native to forest floors of southern Africa. The tiny, six petalled, white flowers, borne on long arching stems are followed by rapidly growing plantlets (clones of their parent) that cascade down the side of a pot or root into the ground to form extensive colonies.

      Nearly indestructible it is at it's best in moist well drained soil in a sheltered shady spot in the garden (or bathroom). In our dry summer atmosphere it invariable suffers from burnt leaf tips so is never quite picture perfect up close but its groundcover potential or impressiveness as a well grown pot specimen remain undiminished when viewed from a distance of more than a few metres.

      Similar to C. ‘Vittatum’ but with a much narrower central white stripe to provide more greenery overall, smaller growing too.

  • Rehmannia
    • elata ‘Romantic Affair’   CAG00965
      Height60cm
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM
      LightPart Shade
      Rehmannia elata ‘Romantic Affair’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A Chinese perennial with flat rosettes of jagged, dark green, red backed, velvety leaves forming a dense carpet from which arises slender stems, elegantly bearing, large and very showy, nodding, trumpet shaped, yellow throated, pale pink flowers. Romantic indeed.

      Easily grown in moist, well drained, preferably alkaline soil in a sheltered site and very vigorous when happy.

      Tries to be winter dormant.

  • Anemone
    • x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’   CAG01436
      Height1.2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonAutumn
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A spreading perennial, evergreen in warm areas, grown for its late summer or autumn display of tall, forked, slender stems bearing pure white, saucer shaped flowers which hang serenely over billowing mounds of large, velvety, rich green leaves composed of 3 lobed leaflets.

      Perhaps at its best, and most rampant, in humid environs with rich, well drained, alkaline soil but even in less than ideal conditions, with leavers crisped from dry heat, it still flowers spectacularly and at a time all the more valued.

      Tall, single and full of grace.

  • Campanula

    (Bellflowers)
    Campanulaceae

    • punctata f. rubriflora   CAG00947
      Height60cm
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - H
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      From Japan comes this ultra vigorous and extremely floriferous Bellflower with branching stems laden with large (8cm), hanging, ruby pink blushed, bell shaped blossoms over a deep carpet of toothed, lightly furred, red tinged, lance shaped leaves.

      Once upon a time when I still watered lots this took over a garden bed in full sun and flowered all summer long, though the flowers did frizzle on 40℃ days. The place to start if you've struggled with this cool climate genus. They do seem fond of alkalinity so a top dressing of ground limestone can make a world of difference if you have acid soil.

      Easily grown in any moist, well drained, preferably alkaline soil where it will spread rapidly by underground stolons, self sow and just generally be magnificent. Winter dormant.

      Acquired originally (sometime in the early 90's) as C. ‘Elizabeth’ which is considered to be a C. takesimana selection. C. takesimana would seem a bit different and almost never flowers here (inadequate vernalization I propose) though it can make a bold groundcover. C. ‘Cherry Bells’ also seems virtually identical and there are, and will be, many more. Whatever, it's a good plant.

    • punctata White   CAG00148
      Height45cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A spreading evergreen perennial. Light green , pointed, oblong leaves are in small clumps to 12cm high, which spread by underground runners to form patches up to 50cm across. Tall erect stems, to 45cm, carrying large (7cm), white, pendant, bell shaped flowers, are borne during Summer. All Campanulas prefer an alkaline soil.

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