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  • Agave
    • vivipara var. marginata   CAG02018
      Height1.2m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      Agave vivipara var. marginata
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A quick growing variety, small enough for a large pot but large enough to make a statement, with a stiff almost harsh demeanour, useful for stark architectural style or high contrast with softer forms, especially so in groups.

      Sparse, slightly taller than spherical rosettes of very rigid, long, tapering, glaucous green leaves, generously edged with cream variegation, short, dark, marginal teeth and terminating in a short black spine.

      Spreads moderately by underground stolons and such colonies are particularly attractive but need appropriate space.

      Individual rosettes produce after many (10+) years a spectacular tree like inflorescence, the remains of which are often used in floral art, bearing thousands of erect, yellow green, tubular flowers, in tight clusters, which are much loved by nectar feeding birds and insects, and then rapidly decline and die to be succeeded by younger offsets or bulbils.

  • 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.

  • Erysimum

    (Wallflower)
    Brassicaceae

  • Hosta
  • Lavandula
    • dentata ‘Linda Ligon’   CAG00844
      Height80cm
      Width80cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      The very narrow, zipper-like, sage green leaves, sometimes partially, or entirely, creamy white, clothe twiggy branches that are prone to sprawling and that bear short spikes of soft lavender flowers on slender stems through spring.

      Radically unlike the more familiar types of French lavender, like L. dentata var candicans, in that it's neither robust nor terribly vigorous, with a lax habit, unpredictable variegation and seemingly too pale flowers, and yet in the garden it works where others don't, it's delicacy allowing it to combine with everything.
      I once grew it where the blood red Dianthus superbus ‘Crimsonia’ could trail through it, this somehow made a harmonious whole and one of the most pleasing vignettes I've ever seen.

      Easily grown in any well drained sunny soil though I wouldn't recommend it for an exposed unirrigated road verge, there are better Lavandula for that. Does fine in a large pot too.

      A yearly trim of spent flowers and any too wayward growth should be all the maintenance needed.

  • Yucca
    • filamentosa ‘Variegata’   CAG01605
      Height30cm
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSummer
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A succulent that is merely an attractive clumping perennial for the garden, not a precious for the collection, with rosettes of soft sword-like glaucous leaves heavily margined in cream that tints copper with age. Grandiose panicles of hanging cream bells are held aloft during summer.
      From south eastern North America, semi deciduous here and utterly cold tolerant. Equally at home in the perennial border or simulated desertscape.

      Easily grown in any sunny, well drained soil, I find it less tolerant of wet feet in winter than many of the arborescent species. Drought tolerant but summer water is highly beneficial.

  • Asphodelus
    • aestivus   CAG02237

      (Common Asphodel, White Asphodel, Summer Asphodel, Silver rod)
      Height1m
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      Asphodelus aestivus
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      Profuse spikes of starry, pinkish white, blooms emerge from clumps of fleshy, very glaucous, slenderly tapering, grassy leaves produced by a succulent underground rootstock. From the Mediterranean, summer dormant and unperturbed by heat and drought.

      Easily grown in any well drained sunny position that is drier in summer.

      Unpalatable to grazing critters.

      Beautiful and romantic when planted amongst drifts of Cistus, Lavender or other silvery Mediterranean shrubs.

  • Buddleja
    • davidii ‘Harlequin’   CAG03027
      Height3m
      Width2m
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A sport of B. ‘Royal Red’ with variegated leaves irregularly margined in pale cream. As you might expect a little shelter from midday summer sun may be necessary to prevent scorch of variegated parts but otherwise it is almost as overtly vigorous as it progenitor, quickly forming a dense shrub with greyish lance shaped leaves and fat panicles of tiny ruby coloured flowers that are attractive to butterflies.

      For when a little more pop is desired.
      Remove any all green branches to curb their domination over the less photosynthetic.

      Easily grown in any reasonably drained soil with regular summer water.

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