This ornamental grass was much admired by visitors last year when its golden tassels were lit by the low morning sun. It makes good arching clumps of dark green leaves during spring, summer and autumn.
The true ‘Gracillimus’ not a seed introduction. This makes a 100cm tall clump of slender elegant foliage developing an interesting swirl during the season. In late autumn and winter it has lovely autumn tones of orange, gold and coffee.
This new catmint carries masses of large, light violet blue flowers on stiffly upright 80cm tall stems which are well clothed in grey-green foliage. Happy in any sunny well drained spot it will flower throughout the warmer months. Cut back hard in winter. 80cm by 60cm.
Pelargonium reniforme is one of an interesting and beautiful group of frost hardy South African Pelargoniums. It’s been growing in our dry garden for three years and has performed so well we have planted another large patch by the side of a gravel path.
We grow this in our dry garden where its silver leaves and whorls of yellow claw like flowers are handsome the year round. We cut it back halfway during winter to keep it tidy. It flowers on new wood from spring until autumn.
The Phlomis include some of the best evergreen shrubs for Australian gardens. This is a superb species with rich green leaves. Deep egg yolk yellow flowers open from russet-olive buds in whorls along the vertical flower stems. P.
A fabulous form of this native grass with arching mounds of evergreen foliage, blue and graceful. Typical upright stems of flowers bluish in bud ageing to straw. Cut back to about 15cm immediately after flowering. 100cm x 100cm. Sun or at most very light shade.
This was first grown in the famous Huntungton Gardens in California. Only growing 25cm or so tall it will spread 120cm to 200 cm if give space. It is best spilling over a retaining wall or in a tall pot. Leaves are deep green and the flowers are a good deep blue.
We have lined a broad brick path, which leads to a beautiful old garden seat, with ‘Mozart’ which is a fairly new variety. I think it is by far the best rosemary I have ever seen. The glossy dark green leaves, on upright stems, make a perfect foil for the deep blue flowers.
Another newly imported grey leaved Californian Salvia which makes a dense evergreen shrub some 120cm tall by as much across. This is smaller and better behaved than the popular Salvia 'Celestial Blue'. 60cm tall flower spikes carry whorls of lavender-blue flowers.
An exciting new hybrid imported from the south of France, which makes low evergreen mounds of grey, sage like foliage with intensely fragrant leaves. Soft mauve blue white throated flowers in spring and summer.
A beautiful little grey foliaged shrub which we got from Judy Forrester’s Nursery in Apollo Bay. Happy in the spartan conditions of our dry climate garden where it grows near Euphorbia x martinii on the east side of an olive tree.
This evergreen shrubby species from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco where it grows in lightly shaded woodland as well as more exposed rocky sites. It makes a tidy 60cm by 60cm plant well clothed with three lobed leaves.
Newly imported, this is similar to Salvia greggii both in growth and needs but is a hybrid between S. greggii and S. microphylla. Makes a twiggy shrub covered with the most captivating of light lemon flowers for most of the warmer months.
Considered by many to be the most beautiful of all the silver foliaged Salvias, S. ‘Figueroa’ makes an evergreen shrub some 120cm tall by as much across. 30cm tall flower stems display whorls of lavender-pink flowers from mid-spring until mid-summer.