Welcome to Hill View Rare Plants

Dear Hillview customers

As many of you will be aware Marcus sadly passed away due to melanoma late in 2016.

He had spent 20 years building and nurturing an extraordinary and comprehensive collection of bulbs on a steep, sunny site in South Hobart. A large part of his collection comprised Crocus, Cyclamen and Fritillaria species that are unavailable elsewhere in Australia and were grown by him from seed either imported from Europe and North America, or collected by him in Greece and Turkey.

Hillview will issue a final catalogue of bulbs for sale at the end of January 2018 which will be available on this website.

Previous Seed Catalogues

The 2015 catalogue featured a richly diverse selection of bulbous and perennial seeds collected in the Mediterranean region in 2014, as well as from Hill View during the 2015 southern summer.

While there is a strong emphasis on Crocus and Fritillaria in the Wild Collected List there are many other excellent plants on offer, including those dancing windflowers, Anemone pavonina and coronaria, as well as unusual perennials like, Helleborus vesicarius with its huge inflated seed capsules, and the incomparable Salvia pomifera, with its dense whorls of large pale blue to lilac blue flowers and papery, fuchsia-coloured bracts.

Hill View was still able to offer seed from amazing forms of Dracunculus vulgaris growing in Crete featured in the blog post titled, “Scents and Sensibilities – The Dragon Lily of Crete” as well another aroid from that island, the sweetly-scented Arum creticum with its butter-yellow spathes and deeper coloured spadix.

The 2015 Nursery List was an eclectic mix with a whopping selection of cyclamen including the silvery-leafed Cyclamen graecum, and rare endemics, C. creticum, C. balearicum and C. coum forma albissimum. Also listed in small numbers were much sort after crocus, such as, Crocus paschei, adanensis and cyprius.. Ditto regarding fritillarias, and there were some gems, including Fritillaria forbesii, conica, kittaniae and alfredae ssp glaucoviridis. So what more could you want? Well how about the fragrant, yellow-flowered Daphne giraldii, or the beautiful white form of the February daphne, Daphne mezereum? Or perhaps you could be tempted by the sweetly scented Dracunculus canariensis, now that's a contradiction in terms if ever there was one! And that's not all! Throw in a goodly range of liliums, a handful of tulips, a clutch of paeonies and a brace of desirable species daffodils ... we'd say you were spoilt for choice.

Growing plants from seed may seem like a challenge to the novice, however there are many important advantages in raising a batch of plants from scratch."Hw to do it” notes were sent out with every order and a little poem for inspiration!

We hope you were delighted by what we offered.

Marcus and Crew