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  • 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.

  • Cistus
  • Cleome
    • hassleriana   CAG00179

      (Spider flower)
      Height1.8m
      Width1.2m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A large and glorious, long blooming, summer growing annual from southern South America. Forming a stiffly branched open shrub, with large, hairy, palmate leaves and bearing all summer and autumn whorls of pink, purple or white, four petalled flowers with long extending stamens, spidery in effect.

      Sow just below the surface in any well drained sunny soil in late winter or early spring while temperatures are still fluctuating but the danger of frost has passed (oscillating temperatures are needed for germination). Alternatively they can be started off in small pots, from which they transplant very well when young.

      Will self sow in bare well drained soil.

      Each pack contains in excess of 50+ seeds.

  • Cosmos
    • bipinnatus ‘Sensation’   CAG02454
      Height1.2m
      Width50cm
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM
      LightSun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      An outstanding summer annual from Mexico to South America, bearing large, saucer shaped, daisy flowers in shades of pink and white atop sturdy, feathery leaved, many branched stems, which pick beautifully.

      Classic cottage garden, the perfect cure for bedding plant fatigue. Big, blowzy and show stopping.

      Scratch seeds into bare sunny soil any time once it has warmed in spring. Early sowings will be the most robust but a late summer sowing will continue flowering well into autumn.

      Each pack contains a minimum of 50+ seeds.

  • Dianthus

    (Pink, Sweet william, Carnation)
    Caryophyllaceae

    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.
    • freynii ‘Quark’   CAG03177
      Height15cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM - L
      LightFull Sun
      Dianthus freynii ‘Quark’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A white flowered cultivar of this Croatian species with tightly packed rosettes of pointed, blue-green waxy leaves make a ground hugging mound that smothers itself in spring with 1.5cm pure white, lightly fringed, five petalled flowers. Very popular with succulent collectors.

      Allow it to mould itself around rocks in the garden or path, or let it spill from a wall crevice for best effect. Of course there is nothing stopping you mass planting a selection of Pinks for a stunning carpet garden.

      Strictly for well drained sunny soil though it'll make a fine specimen for the show bench if grown in a deep pot.

    • ‘Norgate's White’   CAG00208
      Height20cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A charming Pink raised by esteemed Australian nurseryman Dennis Norgate. Most richly scented, pure white, double flowers on fine nodding stems over loose buns of uncommonly pale, grey-green, needle-like foliage.

      For sunny, lean, well drained soil, possibly with some of its brethren for company or Silene ‘Robin Whitebreast’ for a perfumed alabaster duet.

      A reliable and floriferous favourite.

  • Escallonia
    • illinita   CAG01364
      Height3m
      Width1.5m
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Seemingly not very exciting this evergreen from Chile forms a semi-lax shrub whose stiff, slender branches are loosely clothed with small, wavy, elliptic, satiny, green leaves and carry short panicles of small, tubular, white flowers. Though quietly appealing it is the fallen foliage that emits a pleasing curry like aroma when crushed or walked on that makes it an attractive low input candidate for planting besides paths or seating areas in formal or informal gardens.

      Easily grown in any well drained but not too rich or moist soil in all but the most exposed sites. Appreciates a little summer water in Perth but in cooler regions should be fine with none. Prunes well and could even make an informal hedge but is otherwise happy to be left alone for many years.

  • Gaura
    • lindheimeri   CAG00250
      Height1.2m
      Width90cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterL - M
      LightFull Sun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A tough, hardy, clumping perennial, for full sun. One of the easiest plants to grow. Mounds of narrow, dark green, red spotted leaves produce, throughout the warmer months, tall wands of delicate white butterfly shaped flowers that sway in the slightest breeze.
      After flowering, or any time it's in need of a clean up, cut back to ground level. It will quickly regrow.

      An etremely tough plant tolerating all sorts of physical abuse (eg. being driven over, mowed, poisoned etc.) as well as complete summer dryness.
      Generally self seeds where happy, so cut back before seed fall if you find this undesirable.

  • Geranium
    • macrorrhizum ‘Album’   CAG00930
      Height15cm
      Width45cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A semi-evergreen perennial, it rests briefly in mid winter and again in mid summer in warmer regions, forming low mat-like clumps of glossy, deeply lobed, rounded, pine scented leaves. Throughout the warmer months, particularly in spring, small white saucer shaped flowers, with pink stamens, open from ruby tinted. pendant buds in clusters atop short slender stems.

      Cut back when tired for a burst of fresh growth. Quick growing and very reliable. For any moist, lightly shaded position.

      Makes a stunning groundcover or border under trees so long as the soil doesn't desiccate for too long over summer.

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