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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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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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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 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...
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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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EUPHORBIA AMYGDALOIDES PURPUREA
EUPHORBIA AMYGDALOIDES PURPUREA
PLANTS: PEUA
Spreading by underground runners this purple wood spurge forms a neat low weed-smothering carpet that is easily contained. Dark purple foliage that contrasts well with its acid green flowers first appearing in spring and ...
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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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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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LAMB'S EARS 'BIG EARS'
LAMB'S EARS 'BIG EARS'
PLANTS: PLAMB
An outstanding silver-leaved ground cover with a soft appearance that belies its toughness. Versatile and vigorous, ‘Big Ears’ tolerates even the harshest of soils. Great to use in hot spots where other plants fail to thrive. This variety is a bold foliage plant, grown for its thicker velvety leaves, which form a dense, rapidly spreading and wee...
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LEMON VERBENA
LEMON VERBENA
PLANTS: WLEV
This semi-deciduous shrub has highly lemon-scented leaves which can be used to make an invigorating tea, flavour cold water, or can be dried for perfumed sachets. Also useful as a hedge or a privacy screen.
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OREGANO 'ROSENKUPPEL'
OREGANO 'ROSENKUPPEL'
PLANTS: PORO
An ornamental oregano with deep purple bracts topped with pinky-mauve flowers in delicate sprays above the dark green foliage in spring to summer. A tough and dry-tolerant performer, ‘Rosenkuppel’ is a colourful and low maintenance edging or front of border plant, not only for its rich showy flowers, but for its semi-evergreen mat-forming foliag...
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PHLOMIS 'LEMON BLUSH'
PHLOMIS 'LEMON BLUSH'
PLANTS: PPHI
Masses of soft yellow-primrose hooded flowers, faintly blushed pink, are held in whorls along upright spires during spring and occasionally in summer. The soft felted grey-green heart-shaped leaves with softer grey edges and undersides form a dense, handsome foliage mound all year, providing a great foil for other colourful perennials. Thriving ...
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Pig Face Pink
Pig Face Pink
PLANTS: PMECR
A very low maintenance native plant used as a food source and medicinally by First Nations peoples. Pig Face, as it is popularly known, is also a versatile and hardy ground cover for poor soils and dry coastal climates, often used as a ground stabiliser. The ripe fruit tastes like a small salty apple, while the leaves can be used as a salt subst...
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PINK VALERIAN
PINK VALERIAN
PLANTS: PVAR
This old-world favourite valerian is a spring stalwart, producing huge airy heads of sweetly scented reddish-pink flowers over a long period. The colourful display and blue-green fleshy foliage combine well with most cottage plants, particularly spring flowering bearded iris. Centranthus will repeat flower in autumn if trimmed back after its pea...
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POMEGRANATE 'GULOSHA AZERBAIJANI'
POMEGRANATE 'GULOSHA AZERBAIJANI'
PLANTS: WPOAZ
Prepare your taste buds for this incredibly tasty pomegranate. Favoured for it's large arils, the superior flavour of 'Gulosha Azerbaijani' is due to the lovely balance of sweet and sour in the fruit. An excellent edible shade tree or feature in the seasonal garden.
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POMEGRANATE 'JODHPUR RED'
POMEGRANATE 'JODHPUR RED'
PLANTS: WPJP
With fruit that blushes red when ripe, the soft light pink arils (flesh/seeds inside the fruits hard outer shell), are very sweet and juicy making this an extremely popular variety for pomegranate juice.
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POMEGRANATE 'KAZAKE'
POMEGRANATE 'KAZAKE'
PLANTS: WPOKA
A compact bushy pomegranate that's hardy to heat, cold and drought. Originally from Uzbekistan, 'Kazake' bears fruit with a yellowish skin and vibrant red arils. The fruit is more resistant to splitting due to the firm calyx on the fruit. An excellent garden variety that could also be planted as an edible hedge. Self-fertile.
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POMEGRANATE 'WONDERFUL'
POMEGRANATE 'WONDERFUL'
PLANTS: WPOWO
Exported from California throughout the world, this variety of pomegranate has become the world standard. Noted for its rich, red colour and piquant flavour, 'Wonderful' can be eaten as fresh fruit or juiced. Popular because the seeds of this variety are less woody than others. A vigorous and productive Mediterranean fruiting plant suitable for ...
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ROSEMARY 'SALEM'
ROSEMARY 'SALEM'
PLANTS: PROSA
A fragrant rosemary and excellent oil producer suitable for hedging or pots. 'Salem' is both ornamental and edible.
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ROSEMARY 'TUSCAN BLUE'
ROSEMARY 'TUSCAN BLUE'
PLANTS: PROT
Spangled with deep lilac-blue flowers over spring and summer, this shrub is clothed in fine richly-scented foliage, which contrasts beautifully with grey-leaved plants. This aromatic herb is both ornamental and edible and is the best variety for topiary and formal hedges. Popular in cottage gardens and parterres, ‘Tuscan Blue’ is also suited to ...
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GERANIUM 'WHITE GUERNSEY' 3 PACK
GERANIUM 'WHITE GUERNSEY' 3 PACK
PLANTS: WGMW3
A cool-white selection of giant geranium with large incised palmate leaves up to 25cm across, topped by a huge bouquet of abundant starry white flowers with subtle pink centres from late winter to Christmas. Rarely offered (you'll never see this one in the box stores), it is an eye-catching feature in moist, sunny or part shaded areas protected ...
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SEED POTATO - GAMBLERS CHOICE
SEED POTATO - GAMBLERS CHOICE
BULBS: TMINI
When there are too many varieties to choose from, let us make the decision for you. This Gamblers Choice collection of potatoes includes 4 bags of spuds, and what you get... well, that’s in the hands of our potato pickers. You’ll receive four different varieties in individually labelled bags. End of season line so stock is limited. (4 pack)
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2 year membership  + Free Seed Sowing Poster and 2 seed packets
2 year membership + Free Seed Sowing Poster and 2 seed packets
Membership: MNE2SP2
A beautifully illustrated heirloom ‘sow what when’ poster for all areas of Australia so that you'll never have to think about what to sow this month again! You will also receive some free Kale 'Red Russian' and Broccoli 'Green Sprouting' seeds to get your garden started.
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