Author name: Stephen Ryan

Horticulturalist, nurseryman, collector, prolific writer and award-winning radio broadcaster and TV host. Owner of Dicksonia Rare Plants nursery and open garden Tugurium. ABC patron of Royal Hortocultural Society Victoria & friends of Geelong Botanic gardens President Plant Trust.

Lamium orvala

Most of us are familiar with the slightly weedy ground cover Lamiums and their close relatives and may well know them as Aluminium Plant. This species however makes neat clumps to about 30cms of rich green heavily veined leaves in the axils of which it produces Salvia like dusty deep mauve-pink flowers in spring. It …

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Epimedium ogisui

No garden can do without these stunning woodland plants with their beautiful leaves and sprays of tiny spurred flowers at this time of the year. Most are fairly hardy and make lovely clumps under any deciduous tree or shrub. I keep collecting different species and forms and this one I originally imported from England and …

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Asarum magnificum

The wild gingers as they are called are fabulous clumping or ground cover plants and in the case of this one it has large glossy evergreen leaves often well marked with white. Under the leaves it produces stranger black and white flowers well worth looking for in late winter and spring. This one makes a …

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Jasminum nudiflorum

This indestructible plant will grow in sun or shade cope with drought and the roots of the most vicious kinds and can be grown as a sprawling shrub, a trailing wall cover, a climber or a standard. It is particularly good thrown up through the lower branches of an uninteresting tree trunk. It produces its bright …

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Agapetes serpens

This Himalayan shrub can be used in so many ways. It will make a great pot or hanging basket subject and is almost impossible to root bound it due to its small epiphytic root system. Its weeping arching habit makes it ideal as a weeping standard. If left untrained it will grow to about 1.5 metres. …

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