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  • Calamagrostis
    • x acutiflora ‘Overdam’   CAG01392
      $12.00earn 60 points

      A softly erect, clumping, deciduous, perennial, ornamental grass. The narrow (5mm), stemless leaves rising in dense clumps to around 80cm high, are irregularly striped, lengthwise, in pale yellow that fades to white tinged in pink. In summer and autumn soft, feathery, purple tinted, vertical flower heads, that last well into winter, are produced on stiff, slender stems held above the foliage.
      The dried flower heads and foliage can be left over winter to provide an interesting, somewhat decadent or naturalistic (depending on the planting), effect to the garden.
      Cut to the ground in late winter before new growth appears.

      A superior ornamental grass providing both colour and form without being weedy.
      Has a more difinitive presence than the more arching, weeping type grasses, to the extant that it can be used in more formal or rigid designs and makes an ideal, soft, divider or low screen between different areas in the garden.

  • Agave
    • vivipara var. marginata   CAG02018
      Agave vivipara var. marginata

      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.

  • Asphodelus
    • aestivus   CAG02237

      (Common Asphodel, White Asphodel, Summer Asphodel, Silver rod)
      Asphodelus aestivus

      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.

  • Carex
    • oshimensis ‘Evergold’   CAG00166

      A gracefully weeping, Japanese sedge forming a clump of long, gently narrowing, cream coloured leaves, margined in soft green. Bold yet subtle, as stunning in glazed pots as it is restful trailing in wild ponds and streams.
      Small, cream coloured, tassel-like flowers are borne on fine arching stems amongst the foliage to little effect.
      Highly recommended.

      No energy required, old leaves are hidden by new and it simply grows lovelier with time if left undisturbed. Better to divide and replant, rather than cut back, if you ever feel the need.

      For moist, sheltered conditions, probably happiest in not too rich of an acid soil, but otherwise easy and reliable, surviving much abuse.

  • Dianthus

    (Pink, Sweet william, Carnation)

    The commonly encountered garden varieties are European plants of garden antiquity grown for their attractive, often perfumed, flowers which pick well. They are on the whole easily grown but demand excellent drainage and plenty of sun and are ideally suited to poor, dryer, well drained, alkaline soils. They are often encountered overgrown and root bound, tucked away in the shade, to which they are intolerant, and once purchased are good naturedly smothered with too much "good" garden practice.

    Pinks are known to all by name, which they lent to the colour, if not in person. Classic perennials of English cottage gardens. They have extensive root systems and most varieties offered are quite hardy in Perth with a good drink once a week over summer. They invariably have narrow, glaucous foliage resistant to dry air and high light intensity.

    Sweet williams (Dianthus barbatus) are biennials that will often persist for several years and typically have tall stems bearing clusters of small fringed flowers. They have broader leaves and require a bit softer conditions than the Pinks. The Nigrescens group seem the hardiest of the bunch and can become quite shrubby, potted colour varieties, often sold by the punnet, are worth growing but usually amount to little more than tender annuals.

    Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus). Those developed for the cut flower market are mostly ugly plants needing support and are best left to the dedicated enthusiast or florist. Better garden plants are the seldom seen border carnations, they have the same beautiful flowers of the florist types but are less gawky, don't need staking, are often perfumed and are almost as hardy as the pinks.
    • barbatus ‘Isabella Rose’   CAG01380

      An evergreen, mounding perennial or biennial. The narrowly lance shaped, satiny green, bugundy-black tinted leaves, variably streaked in cool white are borne in tight rosettes on red stems to form quite large, dense mounds. Throughout the warmer months simple, rounded flowers of darkest satin red-black are held among fine white bracts, in flat heads, on slender, erect, sparsely leaved stems.
      Tough and as easy to grow as most Dianthus, merely needing well drained soil and sun to thrive. Just don't crowd them with other plants

      A plant of an exciting colour combination that we are proud to say is our own introduction, discovered in our nursery in 2000.

  • Hosta


  • Iris
    • japonica ‘Variegata’   CAG00439

      A clumping evergreen perennial. Fans of green and white striped sword-like leaves form dense clumps. In Spring to Summer sprays of delicate pale blue to white, small, crested, iris flowers are produced. Probably the easiest to grow of all the variegated Iris. Almost as tough as the original but does require a little more T.L.C.

  • Kalimeris
    • yomena ‘Shogun’   CAG01403

      An autumn flowering, winter dormant perennial. A delightful little plant, essentially a variegated Aster. The lightly incised, lance shaped leaves, starting lime yellow, with a central green splash, and fading slowly to all green, clothe the much branched, wirey stems. Billowy masses of small, blue, daisy flowers are borne for an extended period in autumn, while the attractive foliage provides colour from spring onwards. A good ground cover, slowly forming colonies.
      Cut back to ground level in winter.

      From what we have seen of this Japanese plant so far, we predict that it will be a stellar performer, like it's larger cousin K. incisa. We expect that it will thrive in a wide range of conditions, tolerate some drying out and take the summer heat in it's stride.

  • Pelargonium


    Not to be confused with Geranium commonly encountered in temperate gardens. Pelargonium offers a diversity of growth habits, form and foliage for warmer climates and have little tolerance of cold winters.

    Species from winter rainfall southern Africa are mostly drought loving and favour lean sandy soils, prime targets for exploitation in Perth gardens.

    The common "Geraniums" of Australian gardens are typically hybrids involving summer rainfall species, developed for hot house culture elsewhere and are of variable hardiness on the west coast. Many struggle with dry heat and high leaf surface temperatures while some, predominantly older varieties, can be very robust.
    • ‘Madame Salleron’   CAG00962

      An unusual old French variety forming a small mound of scalloped, cream variegated, rounded leaves, admirably suited and traditionally used for edging and borders. Salmonish pink five petalled flowers occasionally appear in spring.

      Needs a slightly sheltered site to look its best and occasional summer water.

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