Gardening in a changing climate

Choose from a Diggers selection of plants that thrive in our increasingly hot and dry summers. Resilient plants bring beauty with architectural forms, bold foliage, and abundant flowers to the garden. Also, survive happily on natural rainfall once established.  Evergreen ground covers, perennials and shrubs are an asset to gardens with year-round performance.

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BAY TREE
BAY TREE
PLANTS: WBAT
Popular for its aromatic deep green leaves, which are best-known as an essential ingredient in casseroles and bolognese. Bay can be planted as a feature tree, pruned to maintain compact height and width as a hedge and even clipped for topiary. Drought and salt-tolerant once established. Slow growing, they rarely reach their height potential, mak...
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CALIFORNIAN TREE POPPY
CALIFORNIAN TREE POPPY
PLANTS: WROC
The toughest and most beautiful of all poppies. Huge white scented blooms with golden pom-poms flower for up to 4 months. Revels in our summer heat especially in dry sandy soils. Endemic to the dry chaparral areas of southern California and northern Mexico, this poppy thrives in any sun- drenched spot in the garden, even with little attention.
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CANARY ISLAND WORMWOOD
CANARY ISLAND WORMWOOD
PLANTS: PWOC
The perfect small evergreen with the softest of silky silver foliage. The aromatic leaves are pine-scented and it is ideal for planting under fruit trees to repel caterpillars and moths. Beautiful when combined with deep green rosemary.
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CAPER BUSH
CAPER BUSH
PLANTS: PCAPE
Revelling in scorching, dry heat, this Mediterranean gourmet delight will start to produce the flower buds (which can be pickled or dry salted) in its second year. Produces up to 8kg of buds when mature. One year old plants.
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CATMINT 'WALKER'S LOW'
CATMINT 'WALKER'S LOW'
PLANTS: PCAWA
This classic low-growing edging or border plant is just as at home beneath old-world roses where it is an exceptional companion plant. This vigorous repeat-flowering catmint provides months of colour from spring to autumn with its beautiful mauve-blue flower spikes, drawing beneficial insects and pollinators into the garden. Its grey-green aroma...
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CATMINT 'WALKER'S LOW' (3 Plants)
CATMINT 'WALKER'S LOW' (3 Plants)
PLANTS: PCAWA3
‘MEMBERS SAVE WITH MULTIPACKS’ A classic edging plant for the flower border and just as at home beneath old-world roses where it is an exceptional companion plant. Long flowering and vigorous, this catmint provides months of colour and its beautiful mauve-blue flowers attract beneficial insects and pollinators to the garden. 3 plants.
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CENTAUREA CINERARIA PURPLE
CENTAUREA CINERARIA PURPLE
PLANTS: PCCI
A silver foliage plant known for its tolerance to drought and frost. Its finely dissected silvery leaves, woolly on both sides, provide an excellent foil to other flowers and foliage. This versatile low growing perennial hails from the Mediterranean where it grows on exposed sites under difficult conditions. Purple thistle-like flowers appear in...
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COTTAGE FLOWER DUO 6 Plants
COTTAGE FLOWER DUO 6 Plants
PLANTS: PCOG
The essential starter pack to begin your cottage flower border. Includes three plants each of Catmint `Walker's Low' and Evening Primrose 'Heronswood Pink' - a surefire combination that we use at Heronswood to create a long-flowering display of pastel pinks and blues.
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DIERAMA TRICHORHIZUM
DIERAMA TRICHORHIZUM
PLANTS: PDITR
One look at these mauve bell-like flowers and it’s easy to see how they got their common name of Fairy’s Fishing Rod. Hailing from South Africa, this Dierama is as hardy as it is beautiful. One of the smallest varieties, it requires a well-drained position.
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ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD BLUE'
ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD BLUE'
PLANTS: WECHB
Originally selected from a chance seedling at Heronswood, this prized, dry-tolerant echium is covered with tall candle-like spires of cool sky-blue flowers soaring above its grey-green whorls of evergreen foliage. A spectacular spring flowering highlight to add drama and sculpture to the dry garden or perennial border. Ideal for attracting bees ...
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ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD PINK'
ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD PINK'
PLANTS: WECHP
Fat, mid-pink candles of flowers are produced over a compact, grey-green evergreen shrub. Growing and flowering much like the familiar blue Pride of Madeira, this unique pink variety is useful in cool colour schemes with pastel combinations, even in the hottest spot in the garden. Ideal for attracting bees to increase pollination of all your fru...
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ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD WHITE'
ECHIUM 'HERONSWOOD WHITE'
PLANTS: WECHW
Candles of glistening white flowers are held over evergreen architectural grey foliage, bringing a touch of elegance and drama to the dry garden. Exclusive to Diggers, this Mediterranean shrub thrives in our arid summers, tolerating scorching heat, drought and salt spray. A light trim after flowering will maintain this dense silver shrub, provid...
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ECHIUM 'SILVER PINK'
ECHIUM 'SILVER PINK'
PLANTS: WECS
Hailing from the exotic island of Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands, this stunning echium is covered in fat spikes of the softest pale-pink offset by intense, silver foliage. Grow as an informal flowering hedge for a year-round foil for other Mediterranean plantings.
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ECHIUM SIMPLEX
ECHIUM SIMPLEX
PLANTS: WECSI
Tapering towers of glistening white rise from a starry rosette of grey felted foliage. Makes a stunning statement by producing tall white flowering totem poles. A real eye-catcher that always impresses visitors to Heronswood in mid-spring. Dies after flowering, so save some seed.
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ECHIUM WILDPRETII
ECHIUM WILDPRETII
PLANTS: WECW
A spectacular tower of dark pink flower emerges from a silver rosette during its second year. Another of the Canary Island Echiums, this one makes a real statement in our garden at Heronswood in spring. Needs well drained soil, and dies after flowering, but it is worth it for the show..
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ERIGERON ‘QUAKERESS’
ERIGERON ‘QUAKERESS’
PLANTS: PEGQ
An abundantly flowering daisy that features masses of flowers with very pale pink slender rays, surrounding small golden centres. Thick glaucous foliage successfully suppresses weeds. Flowering throughout summer, this vigorous, clump forming perennial with grey-green foliage is an old garden favourite. Attractive to bees and pollinators. Ideal f...
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ERIGERON ‘QUAKERESS’ 3 PACK
ERIGERON ‘QUAKERESS’ 3 PACK
PLANTS: PEGQ3
An abundantly flowering daisy that features masses of flowers with very pale pink slender rays, surrounding small golden centres. Thick glaucous foliage successfully suppresses weeds. Flowering throughout summer, this vigorous, clump forming perennial with grey-green foliage is an old garden favourite. Attractive to bees and pollinators. Ideal f...
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ERYNGIUM 'BLUE SEA HOLLY'
ERYNGIUM 'BLUE SEA HOLLY'
PLANTS: PERPL
SOLD OUT This beautiful European sea holly forms clumps of heart-shaped leaves, over which a profusion of striking anodised, blue thimbles appear on vibrant silvery-blue stems from summer to autumn. Tolerant of the toughest conditions, `Blue Sea Holly' may require staking or support in rich soils. This spiky, architectural character adds interes...
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EUPHORBIA 'OLIVER'
EUPHORBIA 'OLIVER'
PLANTS: PECO
An impressive newly bred euphorbia, distinguished by its compact mounds of greyish-green pewter coloured foliage and lime-green flower cylinders, spotted red throughout the cooler months of winter. A great year round foliage plant, combining beautifully with grasses, sedums and other Mediterranean style perennials as a textural contrast. Thrives...
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EUPHORBIA WULFENII
EUPHORBIA WULFENII
PLANTS: PEUW
This unusual dry-tolerant perennial flowers for a long time in sun or shade. Large lime-green flowers lift the winter garden, with blue-grey foliage creating a striking contrast among spring and summer flowering perennials.
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EVENING PRIMROSE ‘HERONSWOOD PINK’
EVENING PRIMROSE ‘HERONSWOOD PINK’
PLANTS: PEVP
An airy addition to the cottage garden, this popular long-flowering form of evening primrose is a stunning addition to our dry garden at Heronswood. Generous and exuberant, evening primrose bears masses of fragrant, candy-pink flowers, providing months of colour from spring to autumn. This vigorous ground cover, valued for its long flowering and...
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EVENING PRIMROSE ‘HERONSWOOD PINK’ (3 Plants)
EVENING PRIMROSE ‘HERONSWOOD PINK’ (3 Plants)
PLANTS: PEVP3
'MEMBERS SAVE WITH MULTIPACKS'. Generous and exuberant, evening primrose bears masses of fragrant, candy pink flowers aging to soft-pink, providing months of colour from spring through summer. This vigorous ground cover, valued for its long flowering and ability to perform in tough conditions, is best planted as a border or ground cover in high ...
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FIG 'DIGGERS PURPLE HEART'
FIG 'DIGGERS PURPLE HEART'
PLANTS: WFRR
Donated to Diggers by Cheryl Dingle, a Diggers member from regional Victoria. Cheryl's tree came from a cutting from a farm in Alexandra, and was reported to have been brought into Australia by a Spanish or Italian immigrant in the late 1800s. Cheryl named it 'The Heart Fig' after the distinctive heart-shaped leaf, and described it as 'the Rolls...
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GAURA 'SUMMER BREEZE'
GAURA 'SUMMER BREEZE'
PLANTS: PGAS
A graceful and long flowered selection with bountiful flowers dancing on upright stems throughout summer and autumn. The glistening white butterfly-like flowers emerge with long filaments, unfolding from delicate pink buds. A garden essential that rewards without effort with a continuous floral display throughout the warmer months. Bees love thi...
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DIGGERS KNEES
HARDWARE: HDKN
Keep your knees dry, clean and comfortable with these wearable knee pads. Made from memory foam and water resistant neoprene, these cushioned knee pads feature a comfortable and durable straps to help hold them in place. Not only will they stop your knees getting damp while kneeling they also offer extra support by relieving direct pressure on y...
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A YEAR OF VEGIES - SEED BOX
A YEAR OF VEGIES - SEED BOX
SEEDS: S921
18 SEED PACKETS: The gift that keeps on giving for a year. This collection will guarantee 12 months of heirloom veges. The recipient will receive seeds for each season ensuring a supply of heirloom vegetables. The pack contains a total of 18 packets of vegetables seeds (Beetroot, Bean, Broccoli, Carrot, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Onion, Pea, Silverbe...
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2 year membership + Garden Calendar and 2 Seed Packets
2 year membership + Garden Calendar and 2 Seed Packets
Membership: MNE2CA2
Join the club and receive an exclusive gift, valued at $30. A stunning calendar featuring key dates, a guide to which seeds to sow each month and plenty of space to add your own events. Plus two free packets of some popular seeds – Tomato 'Black Cherry' and Lettuce Heirloom Mix.
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