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  • Artemisia
    • genipi   CAG01739
      $12.00earn 60 points

      A diminutive wormwood from the Alps for tucking into crevices in walls and paths or as a companion for low growing Pinks and choice small bulbs, ideally close at hand for convenient petting, releasing its delightful aroma, and picking for home made aperitifs.

      Forming a charming ground hugging mat of soft, winter deciduous, tiny, divided, silver leaves with small panicles of irrelevant, pale yellow flowers in early summer.

      Strictly for very well drained soil and requiring little water.

    • princeps ‘Crabling’   CAG02319

      (Yomogi, Japanese mugwort)
      $12.00earn 60 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)
      $12.00earn 60 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.

  • Bletilla
    • striata   CAG02379

      (Chinese ground orchid)
      $12.00earn 60 points

      Broad, pleated, fresh green leaves arch from erect stems emerging from crowded, white, subterranean bulbs and bearing elegant racemes of bright, purple-pink, orchid flowers.

      One of the few orchids to thrive in the garden, anywhere well drained and a little sheltered will do with no special attention required but it would be best to avoid the lashings of manure, thick much and disturbance disliked by the mycorrhizal fungi on which it depends.

      Summer growing, irrigation will be necessary in winter rainfall regions, and winter deciduous, I find the seedpods quite attractive left in situ.

      Divisions from the most vigorous seedling from the nursery, its weak willed progenitor long since lost. Some variety can be expected in the future as successive generations display variations in colour and appear in ever more inappropriate places. Yes, these can be found freeloading in other purchases.

  • 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.

  • Crocosmia
    • aurea   CAG00187
      Crocosmia aurea
      $12.00earn 60 points

      A tough, cormous, evergreen perennial for light shade. Fans of tall, strappy, mid green sword-like foliage rise from the Gladioli like corms. It bears in late summer spikes of bright, golden yellow, starry, lily-like flowers that light up any shady area. Quickly forms large open clumps which will flower for many months.

      All crocosmias are wonderful plants and deserve to be more widely grown. They are particularly valued for their bright flowers that appear before the autumn flowers start and when many of the summer flowers are taking a bit of break.

  • Miscanthus

    (Silvergrass, Eulalia grass)

    • ’Purpurascens‘   CAG02326
      $12.00earn 60 points

      Perhaps offering the best seasonal colour of any grass, luminous fiery tones in autumn become bright russet and curling in winter all while topped with the fluffy cream seedheads.
      Not to be confused M. sinensis, M. ‘Purpurascens’ is a slow spreader which lends it to mass planting in either natural or formal designs where its soft non-cutting foliage and small stature allows its use even beside paths.

  • Pinellia
  • Pycnanthemum
    • muticum   CAG00479

      (Short toothed mountain mint)
      $12.00earn 60 points

      A gentle spreader from eastern North America with a fresh minty fragrance, forming a billowing stand of reddish vertical stems with alternating pairs of rich green, spear head shaped leaves. In early summer, the pairs of topmost of leaves turn bright silver and support a ring of small white flowers.
      Cloud-like and addictive en masse.

      Cut back to ground level after flowering for a repeat performance and again in winter to make way for the new seasons growth.

      Needs plenty of moisture until flowering but it can at least thrive in heavy soil.

  • Adenophora
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