Meet: Antique Perennials

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15 Mar 2019

Meet the growers: Matt Reed and Mike Morant growers of rare and unusual perennials, alpines and bulbs.

Walking into the nursery of Antique Perennials is like walking into a dutch landscape painting. A vast patchwork of colour stretches out before you in a nursery square carved out from the surrounding Eucalpytus forest. It's a one hour drive north east of Melbourne but a million miles fro the traditional suburban gardens of the city. Delicate, striking and unusual umbels, tall spires, baubles, seedheads, grassy plumes and drifts catch the afternoon light.
 
Antique Perennials is not like any usual nursery, for starters its a wholesale nursery selling to plant retailers, landscapers and professional gardeners. Secondly you won't find the usual suspects here, no cordyline, no buxus, no gardenia! Instead its full of 1000 garden worthy plants chosen for their unwavering seasonal performance. Beauties that have inspired the dutch perennial movement and the likes of Tom Stuart Smith, Dan Pearson, Piet Oudolf and our own Micheal McCoy. 
 
The famous duo from Antique Perennials are a force to be reckoned with. Owners Matt Reed and Michael Morant have a combined 45 years experience in growing interesting and unusal perennial plants for Australian gardens. 
 
Specialising in rare and unusual perennials, including shade loving woodlanders, bulbs, prairie plants and other hardy perennials. They collect and import plants from all corners of the world. Many of their plants are recent introductions and are only available from Antique Perennials.
 
Their plants are available year round from some of the best retail nurseries in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania. Thankfully Antique Perennials sell to the public at several rare plant fairs in Melbourne, Canberra and the Collectors’ Plant Fair Clarendon.
 
Connect with them on insta @antique_perennials 
 
This year they will have plants such as:
Echineacea Citrina’
Rudbeckia ‘Sonara’
and a variety of Bergenia, Agastache and Agapanthus hybrids to tempt gardeners. 

 

Find Antique Perennials at Stall 44 at Collectors' Plant Fair, April 6-7 2019, Hawkesbury Race Club, Clarendon. Buy tickets at www.collectorsplantfair.com/tickets