Lambley Plant delivery April 2012

The following plants were ordered from the Lambley Nursery 2012 Autumn Catalogue. As usual they arrived in great order and condition. I put them in full sun after a good watering then leave them for a few days to acclimatize.  They are then ready for planting out.

Agapanthus Purple Cloud.

Agapanthus Purple Cloud

We’ve used this fine New Zealand raised Agapanthus in some mass plantings in Melbourne City Council gardens and seeing well established plants flowering in the Flagstaff and Alexandra Gardens has opened our eyes to this plant’s strengths. We now have some decent sized permanent plantings in the garden here. It makes 180cm tall stems topped by large heads of dark violet-purple flowers over upright rather greyish evergreen foliage. 180cm x 90cm. (

Agastache Aurantiaca.

Agastache Aurantiaca Copper Rose

Copper Rose Hummingbird Mint

This is a new, larger flowered and more vigorous selection of A. aurantiaca which we’ve been trialling for a couple of years in our stock garden. It makes a soundly perennial plant some 120cm tall and 100cm wide with a long succession of large tubular, copper-apricot flowers which age to rose-copper. Our resident New Holland Honeyeaters feast on the nectar of its flowers from mid-summer until late autumn. I cut it back to the basal new growth during winter. Drought tolerant. (

Clematis Ladakhiana.

Clematis Ladakhiana ‘Old Man’s Beard’

Named for the area of Northern India bordering Kashmir and Tibet this tough vigorous climber is one of the easiest and most drought tolerant of all Clematis. It has markedly dissected grey-green leaves and from mid-summer into the autumn carries dangling bronze-yellow lanterns. The autumn seed heads are particularly handsome and warrant the popular English name “Old Man’s Beard.” It will quickly cover a two metre high fence. 200cm x 150cm. (

Euonymus Alatus.

Euonymus Alatus Crimson Bush

Shrubs from China and Japan don’t generally do well here at Lambley. The hot dry winds of summer are too much for them. The deciduous Euonymus alatus is an exception. I planted one about ten years ago and it has never had a burnt leaf and always puts on a really good autumn display with foliage turning pink and crimson during late April and early May. This form isn’t usually found in nurseries where the ‘Compactus’ form is more likely to be found. 200cm x 200cm eventually.
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Halimiocistus Wintonensis Merriswood Cream.

Halimiocistus Wintonensis ‘Merrist Wood Cream’

I hadn’t seen this plant for 20 years or more until I dropped in on Malcolm Harris at Stoneyford near Colac a couple of years ago. In Mr Harris’s garden this evergreen shrub was 70cm tall by 100cm across. On the day I was there it was covered by exquisite creamy flowers with a showy maroon centre. H. ‘Merrist Wood Cream’ has done well in the dry garden in a particularly tough dry sunny spot. 70cm x 100cm. (

Kniphofia Winter Cheer.

Kniphofia ‘Winter Cheer’

Kniphofia ‘Winter Cheer’ is one of the delights of winter when the large flower heads, scarlet with a yellow skirt, are produced. In very cold areas frost may burn the tender buds as they first emerge from the foliage clump. The large growing kniphofias are tolerant of drought and this is no exception. I cut the leaves down to about 15cm. after flowering has finished as this keeps everything tidy. 150cm x 100cm. Sun. (

Lilium Regale Bulbs.

Lilium Regale

This is the true, old-fashioned exquisite Christmas Lily. Lilium longiflorum seems to have usurped the name in latter years. Beautiful fragrant flared trumpets of crystalline white, claret backed flowers. Generally starts with us in the second week of December and finishes early in the new year. It is pretty drought tolerant too as we’ve had it growing in a garden bed near the house which is barely watered. Sun or light shade. 120cm x 30cm. (

Lilium Lambley Trumpet.

Lilium ‘Lambley Trumpet’

A wonderful strain of drought tolerant, self-supporting lilies ranging in colour from cream to lemon and mostly with a claret reverse, each one as beautiful as the last. In our dry garden they grow nearly 2 metres tall with very little extra watering. (

Lilium Leslie Woodriff.

Lilium ‘Leslie Woodriff’

Lilium ‘Leslie Woodriff’

The best lily in our garden, L. ‘Leslie Woodriff’ produces 2 metre tall, self-supporting stems each carrying a couple of dozen flowers, white with dark cherry-red centres. It flowers with us during late January and February. It will take a year or so to reach two metres in height but flowers well even when smaller. (

Pelargonium Reniforme.

Pelargonium Reniforme

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. Evergreen with round hairy greyish green scalloped leaves about the size of a fifty cent coin. It flowers from spring until winter with dozens of magenta moths hovering well above the foliage. Foliage mounds. 25cm x 30cm. (

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle.

Salvia Greggii Ritambelle

Last year we imported this from Olivier Filippi’s nursery in the South of France. It has all the virtues of the species and carries long stems of soft salmon-pink, cream throated flowers which age over time to a creamy peach-pink. Happy in any sunny spot and a joy during its long summer/ autumn flowering period. 70cm by 70cm. (

Salvia Royal Bumble.

Salvia Royal Bumble

Another exciting first release of a Salvia imported from France last year. The glowing red velvet flowers with dark almost black calyces are displayed on long stems held well above the foliage. Sun loving and drought tolerant. 80 cm x 60 cm. (

Sedum Munstead Red.

Sedum Munstead Red

One of the best Sedum with upright red stems with blueish leaves. The cauliflower like heads of deep red flowers are produced during summer and hold well into autumn. Sun. 60cm x60cm. (

Poa Labillardieri Suggan Buggan.

Poa Labillardieri ‘Suggan Buggan’

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. The best blue leaved grass we grow if given space to breathe and display its beautiful form. (

Asphodelus Aestivus Common Asphodel.

Asphodelus Aestivus ‘Common Asphodel’

A southern European plant which grows in pine woods, olive groves and heavily grazed land from south west Spain to Greece. Sometimes evergreen it is generally dormant during the two hottest months. This asphodel makes 120cm tall branching spikes carrying hundreds of white stars and is in flower for a good eight weeks during spring. Sun or light shade. (

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