First discovered by Randy Lindsey (Propagator at Panoramic Farm USA) as a sport on the well known Abelia × grandiflora ‘Little Richard’ . A. 'Kaleidoscope' carries with it all the wonderful attributes of it parent - dense, compact growth habit with a high foliage retention during the dormant winter months. The really stand out attraction of 'Kaleidoscope', however, is the dynamic color it brings to the garden landscape.
New, variegated growth emerges as bright yellow with a light green centre throughout spring gradually turning to golden yellow with deeper green markings into the summer months intensifying in colour rather than bleaching from long, hot summer days.
By autumn this combination turns to a bright orange to fiery red throughout the winter months extending until the early spring. These colours are further highlighted by the brilliant red stems and the abundance of dainty white flowers first appearing in summer.
Exceptionally easy to grow and maintain once established, this versatile shrub will serve many purposes in both commercial and home garden schemes.
• Forms a tight, tufted mound of ornamental, grass-like foliage for year round interest.
• Long flowering perennial topped with masses of globe shaped, soft pink flowers through much of the year with main flush in spring.
• Low maintenance and easy to grow.
• Dry tolerant once established.
A new, very dense and compact form of this universally popular ground cover often utilised for low maintenance areas or simply as an ornate filler in beds/borders. Masses of soft lavender blue flowers are freely produced from late spring through to autumn. If sited accordingly, it will trail over rocks, embankments, retaining walls etc. Equally useful for covering bare patches in mixed borders or for container culture.
C . 'Moroccan Beauty' is ideal for 'no fuss' landscaping as well as those with limited space.
The genus Convolvulus encompases around two-hundred trailing perennials annuals, evergreen and deciduous shrubby plants. Most of these plants usually bear heart-shaped leaves and, in the summer, produce beautiful, funnel-shaped flowers. Convolvo means to entwine as most species found in this family are indeed twiners giving rise to their common name of Bindweeds. C. 'Moroccan Beauty', however, is far from a troublesome ground cover with a passive trailing habit that will not invade other garden specimens.
Another member of the family which makes a stunning planting partner for C. 'Moroccan Beauty' is C. 'Silvery Moon' (Convolvulus cneorum).This is a gorgeous bushy plant that boasts silvery, silky foliage. The white blossoms are larger than those of the ground covering 'Moroccan Beauty' and together they make an ideal display for year round interest and both are particularly dry tolerant once they become established.
• Longer flowering than other varieties - main flush from spring with continuous spot flowering throughout warmer months
• Flowers are strongly perfumed
• Very compact growth with dome shaped habit
• Heat and dry tolerant - can grow in a sunny site without scorching
• Frost hardy
A vigorous grower with tidy plant habit. A heavy flowering variety with beautiful mid pink flowers from winter to spring. Easy to grow with minimal maintenance and frost hardy below 1ºc it can also withstand low water conditions making it ideal for planting under trees where few other plants can compete. Although a great shade solution - hellebores can also tolerate a good deal of sunlight also and so do not need to be restricted to shade gardens alone.
Many hellebores are grown from seed which can offer variations from one plant to another, H. Penny's Pink, however, is grown from tissue culture which guarantees that each and every plant will present consistent flower colour, habit and growth characteristics ensuring desired effects when mass planting or creating 'drifts' in landscape.
GENERAL INFORMATION ON HELLEBORES:
Hellebores are a classic garden favourite which reminds us that spring is just around the corner. Belonging to the large genus Helleborus, it is part of the larger buttercup family - Ranunculaceae they are native to regions of Europe and Asia.
They are perennials and largely evergreen with strong, leathery leaves which provides a steady foundation throughout the year for shade garden displays. Flowers which end the bleakness of winter early can be found in a host of colours ranging from apricot, yellows and greens through to soft and deep shades of pink, maroon and even deep, dark plums or slate greys and, of course, cream to crisp whites. In addition, petals may be spotted or picoteed (narrow band of colour on edge of petals) whilst others may feature double petals for a ruffled, romatic appearance.
Lovers of lavenders will delight in the delicious selection of colours available in the RUFFLES collection ranging from a more traditional lilac colour through to pinks. Their aesthetic appeal does not end there as the chunky bracts atop the flower heads are distinctively rippled along their margins to give the ruffled appearance for which they have been named.
Compact and neat in habit they are ideal for small garden spaces or container culture in entertainment areas. As with most lavenders - they are dry tolerant once established and require only minimal maintenance.
All varieties in the RUFFLES collection have been bred in Australia, by PGA, to suit Australian conditions. They are more compact in habit with flowers sitting just above the foliage and are more tolerant of the humid conditions in our norther regions than many other types of lavender currently available on the market.
Varieties in the Ruffles collection are as follows:
1. L. ‘Sugarberry’ PBR - mauve/pink shade
2. L. ‘Blueberry’ PBR - clear mid purple
• Deepest, darkest coloured foliage found amongst Loropetalums - retaining colour year round
• Vivid deep raspberry coloured, tasseled flowers during spring and autumn
• Maintains a naturally dense, domed habit
• Easy to grow with minimal maintenance
- Stunning new flower colour - deep purple with deeper plum coloured bracts.
- Long flowering - through the warmer months.
- Fantastic dome shaped habit
- Fast and easy to grow.
- Water wise plant for gardens or large containers.
The third instalment in the Salvia Wish Collection -'Love and Wishes' continues the strong alignment with Make-A-Wish Australia with part proceeds from the sale of every plant being donated to this special charity to help grant wishes for children with life threatening medical conditions.
This variety has been selected for the Border Stars™range and has been selected specifically for
its hardiness and reliability in performance under difficult circumstances. It tolerates both dry and wet conditions and feature long periods of flowering displays. Bred by PGA to incorporate these tough characteristics with new colour variation to others in range.
• Very hardy, clump forming perennials
• Fine, grass-like foliage is evergreen and ornamental year round
• Long flowering - from spring through to late winter
• Low water requirements
• Easy to grow with minimal maintenance