La Petite Pépinière

de Caunes-Minervois

THE GARDEN

                                                                          

 

THE GARDEN:

The garden is open to visitors by appointment. You are welcome to come and sit in the meadow areas or the orchard and bring a picnic. 

Guided visits can also be arranged: please just ask. 

 

 

004 Meadow

 

When we bought this property in 1995, the land had been used to grow melons, apples and potatoes at different times, but had been left fallow for more than 10 years. It is now a beautiful established garden that surrounds La petite pépinière plant nursery. 

 

The garden is situated in Caunes-Minervois village on the road to Citou, adjacent to the river Argent-Double; it is south facing and partly protected from the wind by hills, although we are in a frost pocket. 

 

We have lovely, rich alluvial soil but with some pockets of sand & gravel resulting from the 1999 floods. Even when the river dries in summer, established plants are never far from the water table. However, after the first couple of summers, plants are either never watered or watered very occasionally during July and August. 

 

There are many different species and varieties of plants that have been tested for the local climate and which provide stock and display plants for the nursery. 

 

You will see:* 

 

Collections of Salvias (sages), Cistus, Teucriums and Oreganos among others

Mature trees and shrubs

An area of ornamental grasses

Different borders of plants that come from the Mediterranean basin and other Mediterranean and summer dry climate regions of the world, including a collection of Agavaceae and Nolinaceae

A new dry shade border

An experimental mixed border of perennials, grasses and bulbs

Meadow areas and a small orchard

The ‘lawn’ is a mixture of couch grass and weeds that we mow as a lawn alternative. We leave some areas as perennial meadow areas – cutting them just once a year in late summer, which allows indigenous plants to self-sow. We are very happy that six species of orchids have established themselves in the meadow areas.

 

*(See below for a list of the plants in the garden.) 

 

We welcome visitors to the garden with no obligation to buy. Please come and enjoy the space and observe which plants work in the harsh conditions of a Mediterranean climate. 

 

 

 
001 Melia Avenue

 

 

The plants in the garden: 

 

 

A - G

 

H - R

 

S - Z

 
 

A

 

H

 

S

 
 

Abelia 'Edward Goucher' 

 

Helichrysum ‘Miel et Curry’

 

Saccharum ravennae

 
 

Abelia biflora

 

Helichrysum orientale

 

Salix matsudana tortuosa

 
 

Abelia chinensis

 

Helichrysum splendidum

 

Salvia Alegria

 
 

Abelia engleriana

 

Helictotrichon sempervirens

 

Salvia Anthony Parker

 
 

Abelia triflora

 

Helleborus 'Silver Frost'

 

Salvia argentea

 
 

Abelia x grandiflora 

 

Helleborus argutifolius

 

Salvia Argentine Skies

 
 

Abelia x grandiflora prostrata 

 

Helleborus bocconei

 

Salvia azurea

 
 

Abutilon 'Suntense'

 

Helleborus purpureus

 

Salvia Bees Bliss

 
 

Abutilon megapotamicum 

 

Helleborus x sternii

 

Salvia blepharophylla

 
 

Abutilon pictum

 

Hermodactylus tuberosa

 

Salvia Bleu Armor

 
 

Acanthus mollis

 

Hertia cheirifolia

 

Salvia Blue Chiquita

 
 

Acer campestre

 

Hesperaloe funifera

 

Salvia buchananii

 
 

Acer monspessulanum

 

Hesperaloe parviflora

 

Salvia California Sunset

 
 

Acer negundo

 

Heteromeles arbutifolia

 

Salvia canariensis

 
 

Achillea coarctata

 

Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird'

 

Salvia candelabrum

 
 

Achillea crithmifolia

 

Hypericum aegypticum

 

Salvia Cerise

 
 

Achillea umbellata

 

Hypericum olympicum

 

Salvia Cerro Potosi

 
 

Acnistus arborescens

 

Hypericum tomentosum

 

Salvia chamaedrioides

 
 

Acnistus australis

 

Hyssopus officinalis

 

Salvia chamaedrioides argentea

 
 

Acnistus australis alba

 

Hyssopus officinalis White

 

Salvia chamaedrioides x microphylla

 
 

Agapanthus praecox

     

Salvia chiapensis

 
 

Agastache aurantiaca

 

I, J, K

 

Salvia chionophylla

 
 

Agastache rupestris

 

Ipomea learii

 

Salvia curviflora

 
 

Ajania pacifica 

 

Iris chamaeiris

 

Salvia Dancing Dolls

 
 

Akebia quinata

 

Iris foetidissima

 

Salvia darcyii

 
 

Allium christophii

 

Iris japonica

 

Salvia Devantville

 
 

Allium tuberosum 

 

Iris unguicularis

 

Salvia discolor

 
 

Aloe aristata

 

Jaborosa integrifolia

 

Salvia dolichantha

 
 

Aloe saponaria

 

Jasminium officinale

 

Salvia El Durazno

 
 

Aloe striatula

 

Jasminium primulinum

 

Salvia fruticosa

 
 

Aloysia triphylla

 

Jasminum humile

 

Salvia Furmans Red

 
 

Amelanchier canadensis

 

Jasminum parkeri

 

Salvia greggii

 
 

Amicia zygomeris

 

Jasminum polyanthemum

 

Salvia greggii alba

 
 

Ampelodesmos mauritanicus

 

Juniperus pfitzeriana aurea

 

Salvia greggii x serpyllifolia

 
 

Amsonia orientalis

 

Juniperus phoenicea

 

Salvia guaranantica

 
 

Amsonia tabernaemontana

 

Kniphofia sarmentosa

 

Salvia hankeii

 
 

Anisodontea malvastroides

 

Kolwitzia amabilis

 

Salvia Hot Lips

 
 

Aptenia cordifolia

     

Salvia Icing Sugar

 
 

Arbutus andrachne

 

L

 

Salvia interrupta

 
 

Arbutus unedo

 

Lagerstroemia chengkianensis

 

Salvia involucrata Boutin

 
 

Arbutus texana

 

Lagerstroemia indica

 

Salvia involucrata Joan

 
 

Artemesia arbrotanum

 

Laurus nobilis

 

Salvia involucrata Mulberry Jam

 
 

Artemesia glacialis

 

Lavandula × chaytorae 'Richard Gray' 

 

Salvia Kentish Pink

 
 

Artemesia lanata

 

Lavandula × chaytorae 'Silver Frost' 

 

Salvia La Luna

 
 

Asphodeline lutea

 

Lavandula dentata

 

Salvia La Siesta

 
 

Asphodelus fistulosus

 

Lavandula dentata candicans

 

Salvia lavandulifolia

 
 

Aspidistra elatior

 

Lavandula intermedia 'Alba'

 

Salvia lavandulifolia vellereana

 
 

Aster oblongifolius

 

Lavandula intermedia 'Dutch'

 

Salvia leucantha

 
 

Azara serrata

 

Lavandula intermedia 'Grappenhall'

 

Salvia leucantha Purple Velvet

 
     

Lavandula intermedia 'Grosso'

 

Salvia leucophylla

 
 

B

 

Lavandula intermedia 'Hidcote Giant'

 

Salvia Los Lirios

 
 

Ballota acetabulosa

 

Lavandula intermedia 'Impress Purple'

 

Salvia lycioides

 
 

Ballota pseudodictamnus

 

Lavandula intermedia 'Nizza'

 

Salvia Maraschino

 
 

Bauhinia yunnanensis

 

Lavandula lanata

 

Salvia Maroon

 
 

Bellamcanda chinensis

 

Lavandula stoechas - var. forms

 

Salvia Mauve

 
 

Berberis julianae

 

Lepechinia bella

 

Salvia Melen

 
 

Beschorneria septentrionalis

 

Lepechinia hastata

 

Salvia Moonlight Serenade

 
 

Beschorneria yuccoides 

 

Leucojum aestivum

 

Salvia multicaulis

 
 

Bletilla striata

 

Leucophyllum 'Green Goddess'

 

Salvia My Spires

 
 

Buddleja 'Lochinch'

 

Leucophyllum frutescens

 

Salvia Navajo Rose Clair

 
 

Buddleja agathosma

 

Leucophyllum langmaniae

 

Salvia Navajo Salmon

 
 

Buddleja alternifolia

 

Ligustrum vulgare

 

Salvia officinalis

 
 

Buddleja crispa

 

Lilium candidum

 

Salvia officinalis Bergaten

 
 

Buddleja globosa

 

Limoniastrum monopetalum carnaval

 

Salvia officinalis Icterina

 
 

Buddleja lindleyana

 

Liriope muscari

 

Salvia officinalis purpurascens

 
 

Buddleja officinalis

 

Liriope muscari White

 

Salvia Pale Orange

 
 

Buddleja salignifolia

 

Lobelia laxiflora 

 

Salvia Pat Vlasto

 
 

Buddleja salvifolius

 

Lobelia x speciosa 'Vedrariensis' 

 

Salvia Penny’s Smile

 
 

Bulbine frutescens

     

Salvia Peter Vidgeon

 
 

Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'

 

M

 

Salvia Phyllis Fancy

 
 

Bupleurum fruticosum

 

Macfadyena unguis-cati

 

Salvia Pleasant Pink

 
     

Malvastrum lateritium

 

Salvia pomifera

 
 

C

 

Mandevillea laxa

 

Salvia Purple Haze

 
 

Caesalpinia decapetala

 

Matricaria tchihatchewii

 

Salvia Purple Queen

 
 

Caesalpinia gilliesii

 

Melia azedarach

 

Salvia Raspberry Royale

 
 

Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster'

 

Melianthus comosus

 

Salvia regla

 
 

Calamagrostis brachytricha

 

Melianthus major

 

Salvia Ribambelle

 
 

Callirhoe involucrata

 

Melianthus villosum

 

Salvia roemeriana

 
 

Callistemon citrinus

 

Melissa officinalis

 

Salvia Royal Bumble

 
 

Callistemon laevis

 

Micromeria fruticosa

 

Salvia San Carlos Festival

 
 

Callistemon rigida

 

Miscanthus 'Cabaret'

 

Salvia semiatrata

 
 

Callistemon violacea

 

Miscanthus 'Cosmopolitan'

 

Salvia Silas Dyson

 
 

Callistemon viridiflorus

 

Miscanthus 'Dronning Ingrid'

 

Salvia Silkes Dream

 
 

Campanula muralis

 

Miscanthus 'Morning Light'

 

Salvia St Jean de Beauregard

 
 

Campanula persicifolia alba

 

Miscanthus 'Saturnio'

 

Salvia stolonifera

 
 

Campsis 'Dancing Flame’

 

Miscanthus 'Silberfeder'

 

Salvia Stormy Pink

 
 

Campsis 'Indian Summer'

 

Miscanthus 'Yaku-Jima'

 

Salvia Summer Snow

 
 

Caryopteris incana 'Blue Myth'

 

Miscanthus gracillimus

 

Salvia Sungold

 
 

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Kew Blue'

 

Morus alba

 

Salvia Trebah

 
 

Cassia candolleana

 

Muhlenbergia cappilaris 

 

Salvia Trenance

 
 

Cassia floribunda

 

Muhlenbergia lindheimeri

 

Salvia Trewithen

 
 

Catalpa bignonioides

 

Myrsine africana

 

Salvia uliginosa

 
 

Catanache caerulea

 

Myrtus communis

 

Salvia Valerie

 
 

Ceanothus 'Concha'

 

Myrtus communis tarentina

 

Salvia Violette

 
 

Ceanothus 'skylark'

     

Salvia Violette de la Loire

 
 

Ceanothus 'Trewithen Blue'

 

N

 

Salvia Violin Music

 
 

Ceanothus arboreus

 

Nandina domestica

 

Salvia Waverly

 
 

Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens

 

Nandina domestica 'Firepower'

 

Salvia Wendy’s Wish

 
 

Cedrus libani

 

Nepeta tuberosa

 

Salvia Wild Watermelon

 
 

Celtis australis

 

Nepeta x faassenii 'Six Hills Giant'

 

Salvia x Allen Chickering

 
 

Celtis occidentalis

 

Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low'

 

Salvia x jamensis

 
 

Centaurea bella

 

Nerine bowdenii

 

Salvia x westerae

 
 

Centaurea cineraria

 

Nerium oleander 'Album Maximum'

 

Santolina chamaecyparissus

 
 

Ceratonia siliqua

 

Nerium oleander 'Album Plenum'

 

Santolina lindavica

 
 

Ceratostigma griffithii

 

Nerium oleander 'Barcelona'

 

Santolina neopolitana

 
 

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides

 

Nerium oleander 'Cavalaire'

 

Santolina rosmarinifolius

 
 

Ceratostigma willmottianum

 

Nerium oleander 'Eugenia Fowler'

 

Santolina viridis

 
 

Cercis canadensis

 

Nerium oleander 'Framboise'

 

Sapindus mukorossi

 
 

Cercis chinensis

 

Nerium oleander 'Gen. Pershing'

 

Sarcococca confusa

 
 

Cercis occidentalis

 

Nerium oleander 'Louis Pouget'

 

Sarcococca hookeri

 
 

Cercis siliquastrum

 

Nerium oleander 'Luteum Plenum'

 

Sarcopoterium spinosum

 
 

Cestrum aurantiacum

 

Nerium oleander 'Mrs Roeding'

 

Satureja montana

 
 

Cestrum parqui

 

Nerium oleander 'Prof. Granel

 

Scilla peruviana

 
 

Chilopsis linearis 

 

Nerium oleander 'Provence'

 

Sedum 'Bertram Anderson'

 
 

Chimonanthus praecox

 

Nerium oleander 'Roseum Plenum'

 

Sedum 'Black Beauty'

 
 

Chitalpa x tashkentensis

 

Nerium oleander 'Soeur Agnes'

 

Sedum 'Black Jack'

 
 

Choisya 'Aztec Pearl'

 

Nerium oleander 'Tamoure'

 

Sedum 'Citrus Twist'

 
 

Choisya ternata

 

Nolina matapensis

 

Sedum 'El Cid'

 
 

Cistus × florentinus 'Tramontane'

 

Nolina microcarpa

 

Sedum 'Iceberg'

 
 

Cistus albidus

 

Nolina nelsonii

 

Sedum 'Joyce Henderson'

 
 

Cistus atriplicifolius

     

Sedum 'Matrona'

 
 

Cistus halimifolius

 

O

 

Sedum 'Moonlight Serenade'

 
 

Cistus heterophyllus

 

Olea europea

 

Sedum 'Ruby Glow'

 
 

Cistus ladanifer

 

Ophiopogon japonicus

 

Sedum pachyclados

 
 

Cistus laurifolius

 

Origanum 'Kent Beauty'

 

Sedum palmeri

 
 

Cistus libanotis

 

Origanum calcaratum

 

Sedum sieboldii

 
 

Cistus monspeliensis

 

Origanum dictamnus

 

Sedum spectabile 'Brilliant'

 
 

Cistus salvifolius

 

Origanum dubium

 

Senecio cineraria

 
 

Cistus x aguilarii

 

Origanum laevigatum

 

Senecio leucostachys

 
 

Cistus x arg. 'Blushing Peggy Sammons'

 

Origanum laevigatum 'Amethyst Falls'

 

Sesleria caerulea

 
 

Cistus x corbariensis

 

Origanum laevigatum 'Bristol Cross'

 

Sesleria nitida

 
 

Cistus x escartianus 

 

Origanum laevigatum 'Dingle Fairy'

 

Sideritis cypria

 
 

Cistus x heterocalyx 'Chelsea Bonnet'

 

Origanum laevigatum 'Herrenhausen'

 

Sisyricnchium macrocarpa

 
 

Cistus x ledon

 

Origanum laevigatum 'Hopleys'

 

Sisyrinchium palmifolium

 
 

Cistus x nigricans

 

Origanum laevigatum 'Nymphenburg'

 

Sisyrinchium striatum

 
 

Cistus x pulverulentus

 

Origanum laevigatum 'Pilgrim'

 

Sisyrinchium striatum variegata

 
 

Cistus x pulverulentus gr. delilei 'Fiona'

 

Origanum laevigatum 'Soledad'

 

Solanum bonariense

 
 

Cistus x purpureus

 

Origanum syriacum

 

Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin'

 
 

Cistus x purpureus 'Alan Fradd'

 

Osmanthus x burkwoodii

 

Solanum jasminoides album

 
 

Cistus x ralletii

     

Solanum rantonettii

 
 

Cistus x skanbergii

 

P, Q

 

Solanum rantonettii 'Royal Robe'

 
 

Cistus x tephreus

 

Paliurus spina-christi

 

Sollya fusiformis

 
 

Cistus x verguinii 'Paul Pecherat'

 

Panicum virgatum

 

Sophora japonica

 
 

Clematis 'Black Prince'

 

Paulownia tomentosa

 

Sophora macrocarpa

 
 

Clematis 'Mme.Julia Correvon

 

Pavonia hastata

 

Sorbus domestica

 
 

Clematis armandii

 

Pavonia missionum

 

Stachys cretica

 
 

Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles'

 

Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Red Head'

 

Sternbergia lutea

 
 

Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'

 

Pennisetum orientale

 

Stipa gigantea

 
 

Clematis venosa lilacina

 

Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose'

 

Stipa tenuifolia

 
 

Cneorum tricoccum

 

Pennisetum orientale 'Tall Tails'

 

Styrax officinalis

 
 

Colquhounia coccinea

 

Pennisetum villosum

 

Syringa meyeri 'Palibin'

 
 

Colutea arborescens

 

Penstemon 'Husker's Red'

     
 

Convolvulus mauritanicus

 

Penstemon eatonii

 

T, U

 
 

Corokia sp.

 

Perovskia atriplicifolia 'Blue Spires'

 

Tagetes lemmonii

 
 

Coronilla glauca 

 

Phillyrea angustifolia

 

Tanacetum balsamita

 
 

Corylus avellana

 

Phillyrea latifolia

 

Tanacetum densum

 
 

Cotinus coggygria

 

Phlomis caballeroi 

 

Tanacetum niveum

 
 

Cotula fallax

 

Phlomis cashmiriana

 

Teucrium ackermanii

 
 

Cyclamen coum

 

Phlomis chrysophylla

 

Teucrium aureum

 
 

Cyclamen graecum

 

Phlomis cretica

 

Teucrium chamaedryoides

 
 

Cyclamen hederifolium

 

Phlomis fruticosa

 

Teucrium cossonii

 
 

Cynara cardunculus

 

Phlomis italica

 

Teucrium divaricatum

 
 

Cytisus battandieri

 

Phlomis leucophracta

 

Teucrium flavum

 
     

Phlomis longifolia

 

Teucrium fruticans

 
 

D

 

Phlomis lycia

 

Teucrium fruticans 'Azureum'

 
 

Dahlia imperialis

 

Phlomis purpurea

 

Teucrium hircanicum

 
 

Danae racemosa

 

Phlomis purpurea 'Alba'

 

Teucrium lusitanicum

 
 

Dasylirion acotriche

 

Phlomis x cytherea

 

Teucrium polium

 
 

Dasylirion glaucophyllum

 

Photinia fraseri 'Red Robin'

 

Teucrium x lucidrys

 
 

Dasylirion leiophyllum

 

Phyla nodiflora

 

Thymbra spicata

 
 

Dasylirion longissimum

 

Pistacia lentiscus

 

Thymus (Moroccan Thyme) 

 
 

Dasylirion texanum

 

Pistacia terebinthus

 

Thymus 'Lemon Scented'

 
 

Dasylirion wheeleri

 

Pittosporum heterophyllum truncatum

 

Thymus 'Porlock'

 
 

Delosperma cooperi

 

Pittosporum tenuifolium

 

Thymus ciliatus

 
 

Dianthus anatolicus 

 

Pittosporum tobira

 

Thymus fragrantissimus

 
 

Dianthus carthusianorum

 

Pittosporum tobira 'Nana'

 

Thymus mastichina

 
 

Dianthus corsicus 

 

Pittospurum tenuifolium variegata

 

Thymus neicefferi

 
 

Dichondra argentea 'Silver Falls'

 

Plumbago capensis

 

Thymus polytrichus

 
 

Dichondra repens

 

Poliamintha longiflora

 

Thymus vulgaris

 
 

Dicliptera sub-erecta

 

Poncirus 'Flying Dragon'

 

Thymus x citriodorus

 
 

Dolichandra cynanchoides

 

Poncirus trifoliata

 

Tilia cordata

 
 

Dorycnium hirsutum

 

Prunus 'Kojo-no-mai'

 

Trachelospermum jasminoides

 
 

Dorycnium pentaphyllum

 

Prunus lusitanica

 

Tulbaghia leucantha

 
 

Doxantha capreolata

 

Prunus mahaleb

 

Tulbaghia violacea

 
     

Ptelea trifoliata

 

Umbellularia californica

 
 

E

 

Punica granata 'Luteum Plenum'

 

Ungnadia speciosa

 
 

Ebenus creticus

 

Punica granata var. nana

     
 

Echinops tienschanicum

 

Quercus ilex

 

 V

 
 

Elaeagnus x ebbingei

 

Quercus rubra

 

Verbena bonariensis

 
 

Epilobium 'Sierra salmon'

 

Quercus suber

 

Verbena peruviana

 
 

Epilobium 'Western Hills'

     

Verbena venosa

 
 

Epilobium arizonica

 

R

 

Verbena venosa lilacina

 
 

Eragrostis curvula

 

Raphiolepsis x delacourii

 

Veronica spicata

 
 

Eragrostis elliottii

 

Rhamnus alaternus

 

Viburnum odoratissimum

 
 

Eragrostis spectabilis

 

Rhamnus alaternus variegata

 

Viburnum plicatum mariesii

 
 

Erigeron karvinskianus

 

Rhodanthemum catananche

 

Viburnum tinus

 
 

Eriobotrya japonica

 

Rhodanthemum gayanum

 

Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price'

 
 

Eriogonum arborescens

 

Rhodanthemum hosmariense

 

Vinca difformis

 
 

Eriogonum fasciculatum

 

Romneya coulteri

 

Vinca minor

 
 

Eriogonum latifolium

 

Rosa 'Buff Beauty'

 

Viola labradorica

 
 

Erodium trifolium

 

Rosa 'Old Blush'

 

Viola odorata

 
 

Eryngium agavifolium

 

Rosa 'Penelope'

 

Vitex agnus-castus

 
 

Eryngium amethystinum

 

Rosa banksiae Lutea

 

Vitex agnus-castus album

 
 

Eryngium ebracteatum

 

Rosa chinensis Mutabilis

 

Vitex sinensis

 
 

Eryngium eburneum

 

Rosa chinensis sanguinea

     
 

Eryngium pandanifolium

 

Rosa Ghislaine de Féligonde

 

W, X, Y, Z

 
 

Euphorbia characias

 

Rosa x odorata

Rosa x odorata 'Mutabilis'

 

Yucca elata

 
 

Euphorbia myrsinites

 

Rosmarinus officinalis

 

Yucca faxoniana

 
 

Euphorbia polychroma

 

Rosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'

 

Yucca filimentosa 'Bright Edge'

 
 

Euphorbia rigida

 

Ruellia brittoniana

 

Yucca rostrata

 
     

Ruellia humilis

 

Yucca schidigera

 
 

F

 

Ruscus aculeatus

 

Zanthoxylum planispinum

 
 

Feijoa sellowiana

 

Ruscus hypoglossum

 

Zanthoxylum simulans

 
 

Festuca glauca

 

Russelia equisetiformis

     
 

Firmiana simplex

 

Ruta graveolens

     
 

Fouquieria splendens

         
 

Fraxinus ornus

         
 

Fremontodendron californicum

         
             
 

G

         
 

Gaillarda 'Burgundy'

         
 

Gaillarda 'Yellow'

         
 

Gaillarda aristata

         
 

Gaura 'Rosy Jane'

         
 

Gaura 'Summer Dream'

         
 

Gaura lindheimerii

Gelsemium sempervirens

         
 

Geranium 'Rambling Robin'

         
 

Geranium × cantabrigense 'Biokovo'

         
 

Geranium macrorrhizum

         
 

Geranium sanguineum

         
 

Geranium sanguineum album

         
 

Geranium sanguineum lancastriense

         
 

Geranium sanguineum var. striatum 

         
 

Gleditsia triacanthos inermis

         
 

Globularia alypum

         
 

Globularia vulgare

         
 

Goniolimon speciosum