An edible Canna similar in appearance to its close relative the ornamental Cannas. Another of the Ancient Inca food crops, it was one of the first plants to have been domesticated in the Andean region. A popular crop in the market place in Peru and Ecuador. The large round red rhizomes can be eaten raw, cooked as you would a potato or used as a flour and thickening agent. Excellent carbohydrate, the starch is easily digested and is a promising food source. The young shoots can also be eaten as a green vegetable. The plant is easy to plant, to grow and to harvest. While the tubers multiply pr
It is an attractive fern-like perennial that can produce fresh tasty spears for over 20 years if the beds are well-maintained. Asparagus prefers sandy soils but with the right preparation will perform very well in heavier clays. Valuable investment in the long term vegetable garden.
Juliet is a variety from the Garden Larder breeding/selection program. The tubers are off white coloured but occasionally with the slightest pink tinge. It is an average producer of 1/2 to 3/4 kg per plant. Tubers vary in size with many small.
Cook like potatoes, usually roasted until soft, but can be microwaved or added to stews. If you leave the tubers to dehydrate they become sweet, often sweet enough to eat like you would dried fruit.
The quince is valued for its high pectin content and is used frequently in jams, jellies and cosmetics. This fruit is one of the few that must be cooked as it is too tart, hard and unpalatable to eat raw. The quince tree has been cultivated by people for thousands of years. Originating from Turkey and Iran this is a fruit with a fascinating history, it features strongly in the history and mythology of both Greece and Rome. Trees are very long lived and have a beautiful, gnarly twisted appearance, they are exceptionally hardy and can withstand both periods of dry and severe cold. Smyrna - A
A perennial climbing vine native to China. The edible tubers can be eaten raw after briefly soaking in vinegar, it is starchy and bland in flavour. It is cold hardy and its weedy habit needs to be considered when planting to prevent it spreading into bushland. The cinnamon scented flowers give it its alternative name, cinnamon vine.
The aromatic flesh of the red fuji is tinged with a delicate honey-pineapple flavour, sweet and aromatic. The crisp, crunchy flesh is very juicy and the fruits hold well on the tree. The skin ripens from greenish yellow to a dull russett red. Partially Self pollinating, pollinates with the red delicious, and pink lady. Fuji will perform in both cold and warmer temperate climates.
Aphrodite is a variety from the Garden Larder breeding/selection program. The tubers are cream coloured with pink eyes. It is an average producer of 1/2 to 1 kg per plant. Tubers vary in size.Cook like potatoes, usually roasted until soft, but can be microwaved or added to stews. If you leave the tubers to dehydrate they become sweet, often sweet enough to eat like you would dried fruit.
An Australian selection named for her attractive pink blush over a yellow undertone. Her true pink coloring, crisp crunch and smooth texture assure the ultimate in dessert quality eating apples. Performs best in cooler regions.
Compact apple tree growing to only 2m high making it ideal for containers, courtyards, decks and balconies. It has delicious fruit that ripen two weeks earlier than the Pink Lady but are similar in flavour. Grows well in all temperate climates of Australia. Partially self pollinating, planting with Granny Smith will improve fruit set.
An old cultivar that produces large fruit to 6cm on a small, elegant, slightly weeping tree. The best variety for making jams and jellies, but also acceptable eaten fresh. Blooms in late spring with large flowers resembling single white roses. Fruit is eaten when soft, generally after a frost and has a mild flavour similar to a pear. Self - fertile.
Stunning and unique red flesh are the highlight of this new variety of apple. It is a beautiful backyard tree to grow, producing an attractive flush of burgundy coloured spring growth, dark bark and deep red skin also make this a pretty tree. Blackspot and powdery mildew resistant it only grow to about 2.5m and is perfect for pots.
Pollinators - Granny Smith, Pinkabelle and Pink Lady
Possibly the whitest flowering blossom tree. Flowering cherries are not just beautiful from a distance, each flower is a work of art - naturally beautiful. The Japanese have a festival celebrating the cherry blossom. Spreading tree to 10m wide, 5 m high. Foliage has lovely orange tones in the winter. Suitable for cooler climates only.
From Emerald Lake in the Dandenong region. It is a beautiful spreading tree that is almost weeping in habit. Very prolific, tends to bear heavily which greatly influences nut size. A distinctive orange-tan coloured nut without stripes. Evidence of Asian parentage.
A small cocktail Pear, very sweet fruit, with green skin and attractive blush. Best eaten fresh, used on cheese platters and in children’s lunch boxes. Plant in a sunny position with well drained and well worked soil. Take care to plant the bud union above the soil level. Water in well and keep soil moist until tree is established. Fertilize when planting and again after new growth appears. Prune tree when planting to encourage new growth. Pollinate with a Packham’s Triumph. Matures, late February, early March (Mid Season)
Compact, columnar tree. A late dessert apple with a crisp texture. Skin colour is flushed red over a green ground cover. Crisp and juicy. Excellent flavour with a slight tang. White spring flowers, with splashes of pale pink.
Considered to be the most beautiful selection of Canadian Maple. Displays brilliant red autumn colours and has a neat, upright growth habit making it an excellent choice for small gardens, avenues and street planting.
Green Gage is a European type plum with small-medium sized, roundish fruit with greenish-yellow skin. Flesh is amber-yellow coloured, firm, freestone. Good, sweet flavour. Tends to bear biannually. A favourite for cooking, canning and desserts. Ripens in late summer. Mid-season blooming. Forms relatively small tree. High chill.
A Japanese blood plum with dark red flesh and large fruit if thinned. The flavour is excellent, the skin glossy red and it has a egg shaped fruit. Will crop over a wide range of climates. Pollinator Satsuma
A cherry plum cross with attractive smooth red skin. The flesh is golden-yellow in colour and very juicy when mature. Firm texture with a small seed. The flavour is excellent and well balanced between the plum and cherry parentage. Pollination is currently under evaluation but it will cross well with mid to season plums.
Dark green leaves turning bright red in autumn and small, unpalatable, blue-black grapes. This vigorous, deciduous, ornamental climber has deeply impressed veins on the leaves and thick, brown felt underneath. Performing best in full sun. It is a fast-growing plant that can reach up to 25m (82ft) although it will take some years to get to this height! Due to its size and density of leaf cover, it's best planted on its own.
The Dwarf Granny Smith apple tree has a tart-tangy, crisp flavour and bright green skin. One of the best apples for eating out of hand and a very good cooking apple because of its ability to retain flavour. Perform best in cooler regions.
A very impressive small deciduous tree suitable for all gardens. A prolific display of large double pink blossoms smother the bare branches in early Spring. 4m high x 3m wide. Prune each year after flowering to encourage new growth for next season. Spray just prior to bud burst to help prevent curly leaf.
Peach - Okee Dokee, Orcino - Exciting new flat style peach with yellow flesh and excellent flavour. As with all peaches, they are easy to grow. With a Nectarine - Okee Dokee, Mesembrine - Exciting new flat style nectarine with juicy yellow flesh and excellent flavour. As with all nectarines, they are easy to grow. Flat peaches and nectarines will pack into the lunchbox no worries ! The kids will love them !
An Australian plum variety. Medium size vigorous tree which produces large 63-70mm fruit. Having a great shelf life and storage capability Amber Jewel matures one month after Santa Rosa with a sweet, unique flavour and meaty crisp texture. Trees are partially self fertile Santa Rosa is a compatible pollinators.
Large, first quality fruit, purplish-crimson in colour with a pale blue bloom. Flesh yellow, with a red blush coming from just below the skin. Mildly sweet, with some tartness near skin and stone. Good bearer, considered to be one of the best plums.