There may be those who feel enough has been said about sticky monkeyflower on this site. But when Catmint told me she grew this California native in her Australian garden, I had to know more.
This is the mimulus or sticky monkey flower I have in my garden. It’s not flowering at the moment (autumn) but I think you can see how happy and healthy it is. This one has orange flowers, others available have cream flowers.
It has had very harsh treatment. It has been transplanted about 5 times. It has been radically cut back. It has been exposed to our horrendous summer and was not watered except when first transplanted.
I obtained this Mimulus auranticus from a nursery called The Diggers Club. The Diggers
Club (www.*diggers*.com.au) is more than a nursery. It is an important and wonderful institution for gardening in Melbourne and further afield. They have a beautiful garden open to the public and specialize in sourcing and propagating heirloom fruit and vegetables, and unusual and drought resistant perennials. I have learned heaps from them, including that plants from California and the Canary Islands do particularly well in this climate. As with the mimulus in the photo. It’s so far from home, but that’s multiculturalism for you … it works.
Visit Catmint’s blog, Diary of a Suburban Gardener for more on water-saving gardens, plus piquant book reviews and opinions. (The subtitle is: “Now Where Did I Leave the Secauteurs?”)