Constance Spry climbing rose is a beautiful rose with magnificent, clear pink blooms of true old rose form. The flowers are exceptionally large, with a strong myrrh fragrance. A key plant for a cottage style garden.
Giant leaves of ‘Black Magic’ elephant ear (Colocasia esculenta) are not only colorful, but their tropical-looking foliage combines well with the patriotic colors of ‘Pacifica Red’ periwinkle, white caladiums and ‘Blue Daze’ evolvulus.
Hardenbergia violacea (Happy wanderer). Australian native climber. Vigorous climbing habit, useful plant for covering pergolas, trellises and fences or used as a spreading ground cover. Its leaves are glossy green in colour and the flowers are a rich violet-mauve in colour. They are borne profusely from winter to early spring. Prefers a full sun to part shade position. Grows 2m high x 2m wide.
Velvety kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos ‘Orange Cross’ and Bush Gems series) add spicy color against golden grasses in a garden in Tiburon, California, designed by Arterra Landscape Architects (arterrallp.com). The plants tolerate drought but flower best with some water in summer and excellent drainage in light sandy soil.
Native Violet, Viola hederaceae - I use it everywhere, with its bright green leaves and its sweet mauve/purple flowers raised above the foliage. It will rapidly fill in bare areas of soil between stepping stones.