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Plants

We do our best to stock plants not readily available at the average retail nursery, plants that are rare, unusual or "old fashioned"

We grow plants for gardeners who welcome the chance to grow something different.

We have gathered treasures from many old gardens over the years and love to share them – as many are in danger of being lost forever.

These are plants which may be difficult to locate, the plants your grandmother/ancestors grew. Only through propagation and distribution can we ensure their survival. We also stock a number of recent imports. At the moment we are trialling lots of newly imported seed from the UK.

There are always many plants in the nursery in too short supply to list in the catalogue. If you are looking for a plant not listed, please enquire. Where plants are known by us to be frost tender, we have noted in our catalogue. Most will recover well if cut back – we recommend growing frost tender plants near a wall or protected location, mulch helps keep soil warm

These are a few of our favourite plants which we have collections of.

Achilleas
– most are hardy sun lovers free of garden pests and diseases. However don’t take them for granted. They like room to spread and resent too much competition from other species. They produce flat heads of colourful flowers from mid summer to autumn. With age the flower colours soften and change, finishing to an attractive chestnut brown in winter. Cut them back and tidy up for spring. An attractive and useful cut flower.

Artemisias
– some plants engage one’s interest more than others. I’m fond of artemisias and their variety of fragrant grey sometimes sage green foliage. We recently visited the NationalCollection of artemisias in the UK which I found somewhat confusing! A number of our old favourites were definitely not what we had alwaysbelieved them to be – even making allowances for different climates and soil types. So this is my new revised list. It is a small collection but growing all the time.

Agryranthemum
– the hardy old fashioned perennial marguerite daisies are part of my childhood. I’ve always loved the large single white and yellow ones, now sadly difficult, if not impossible, to locate, having been overtaken by the generally short lived “Federation Daisies”, which appears to have put many gardeners off the whole family. A few of the hardy older varieties are listed in our catalogue and finally we have located the old large white marguerite daisy but alas the large single primrose yellow one is still alluding us - maybe it's in your garden? If so, I'd love to hear from you. A bunch of these old fashioned daisies always look fresh and lovely on my kitchen table.

Dianthus also known as ‘Clove Pinks’
The ones we grow are the old fragrant, often quite ancient varieties,mostly of D. caryophyllus. All have silver, grey or grey green grasslike leaves. We have been collecting these for some time. Many have disappeared from cultivation, though occasionally we get lucky and find a new one (to us) in an old garden. They are all delightful andcertainly worthy of conservation. There are a number of new hybrids on the market which flower prolifically. In fact I find they can flower themselves to death – looking worn out after a season. As with so many plants, I much prefer the species or the old tried and true long established cultivars.

Penstemons
are a hazard to classify, with many variations in colour and type. They grow well in most of Australia. Some cultivars which have been lost overseas are thriving here. We have a range from clear red, maroon, deepest purple, coral, blue mauve, pale pink and pure white. They flower from spring to autumn and are a showy addition to any border. We have recently raised a number of rare penstemon species from the USA, which will be available soon.

Salvias
– the collection has grown considerably in the past few years, in fact far too many to list in the catalogue or even propagate along with so many other plants – we tell ourselves that we are a SMALL cottage garden nursery! New ones will be listed from time to time. They are strong growing showy plants. Alas, many I grow are frost tender and will need to be grown against a sunny wall and well mulched to survive through very cold frosty winters, though I have grown a number with no problems with light frost in the lower Blue Mountains. As I love blue flowers, I find the many blue flowering salvias especially rewarding.

Buddlejas
- Hardy Bushy shrubs – most have wonderful honey perfume which drifts over a large area. Grow them for the butterflies, also to help feed our endangered bee populations. They flower prolifically and here there are few months of the year that a buddleja is not in flower. I have around 20 different ones so more will be appearing in the catalogue in the coming months. Cut them back hard after flowering for healthy new growth – they are a plant you can be quite ruthless with.

Geraniums (Cranesbills)
I have been collecting geraniums for some time and most have proved delightful and garden worthy, either forming clumps of attractive foliage or threading their way gracefully through other plants. The majority flower repeatedly in the warmer months, a few have proved disappointing here, disliking our warm humid conditions. Many more should be listed on the website catalogue soon!

Geums
I undervalued these plants for a long time, believing they wouldn't thrive here. I was wrong; with a little shade in the warmest part of the day, watering and feeding as needed, they have multiplied and flowered well since late winter. The range of colours in species and cultivars we now stock has grown in recent times so check out these new ones available now, with more available soon.

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