Category: Gardening

Black hollyhocks make a statement

Black hollyhocks make a statement

Black hollyhocks make a statement Black hollyhocks make a statement:  Hollyhocks also known as Alcea,  not only create bright,  dependable color in the summer garden.   They also provide many practical uses for your property. Hollyhocks...

How to grow bat flower plants

How to grow bat flower plants

How to grow bat flower plants How to grow bat flower plants:  The black bat flower,  Tacca chantrieri,  is a species of flowering plant in the yam family Dioscoreaceae.  A great way to have an...

Pineapple lily flower care

Pineapple lily flower care

Pineapple lily flower care Pineapple lily flower care:   Pineapple lilies are miniature floral representations of the pineapple tropical fruit. They are annual plants that are extremely frost tender.  The slightly bizarre plants are only 12...

Clematis Dr Ruppel

Clematis Dr Ruppel

Clematis Dr Ruppel Clematis Dr Ruppel:  These are magnificent flowers, which are produced in abundance in early summer. They have a pink blush along the length of each petal.   Clematis Dr Ruppel is a...

Clivia plants thrive in shade

Clivia plants thrive in shade

Clivia plants thrive in shade Clivia plants thrive in shade:  Species of Clivia are found only in South Africa and Swaziland.  They are typically forest undergrowth plants, adapted to low light, with the exception...

Colour your garden with spoon daisies and others

Colour your garden with spoon daisies and others

Colour your garden with spoon daisies and others Colour your garden with spoon daisies and others:  Quick fix your garden with daisies. These flowering annuals are perfect.  But for those of us who want something...

Growing ivy plants indoors

Growing ivy plants indoors

Growing ivy plants indoors Growing ivy plants indoors:   Hedera is commonly called ivy.   It is a genus of 12 to15 species of evergreen climbing or ground-creeping woody plants. In the family Araliaceae, it is...

Plants that birds can feed from

Plants that birds can feed from

Plants that birds can feed from Plants that birds can feed from: Which plants are best for birds? A small garden too, can provide a selection of natural food sources for birds all year...

The growing and caring of carnations

The growing and caring of carnations

The growing and caring of carnations: The growing and caring of carnations:  Carnations are known as Dianthus, which means divine flower. There are over 300 species of dianthus,  as well as hundreds of beautiful...

Fuchsias look fabulous in hanging baskets

Fuchsias look fabulous in hanging baskets

Fuchsias look fabulous in hanging baskets Fuchsias look fabulous in hanging baskets:   The fuchsia flower is a beautiful, exotic flower with striking two-tone colours.    This flower is quite unusual,   with regard to its shape...

Chinese fan palm trees are so versatile

Chinese fan palm trees are so versatile

Chinese fan palm trees are so versatile Chinese fan palm trees are so versatile:   Livistona chinensis, also known as  the Chinese fan palm or fountain palm,    is a species of subtropical palm tree in eastern Asia.   It...

Ric Rac Orchid Cacti look stunning in pots

Ric rac orchid cacti look stunning in pots

Ric rac orchid cacti look stunning in pots Ric Rac Orchid Cacti look stunning in pots:   Enjoy the crazy zigzag pattern of a ric rac cactus. Common names include fish bone cactus,  rick rack...

Growing black hollyhocks

Growing black hollyhocks

Growing black hollyhocks Growing black hollyhocks:  By growing black hollyhocks,  you  will create quite a bit of drama in your garden. The flower stalks on hollyhocks can reach heights of 9 feet tall!  They can...

Grow pom pom chrysanthemums for summer

Grow pom pom chrysanthemums for summer

Grow pom pom chrysanthemums for summer: Grow pom pom chrysanthemums for summer: There are literally hundreds of types of chrysanthemums. With variations in height,  spread,  colour,  size of flower,  bloom time and  type of...

Zinnias grow well in containers

Zinnias grow well in containers

Zinnias grow well in containers Zinnias grow well in containers:  First and foremost,  zinnias need warmth to germinate and grow easily. Indoor planting: In climates that are cold,  you can get a head start...

Exotic looking agapanthus

Exotic looking agapanthus

Exotic looking agapanthus Exotic looking agapanthus:   Agapanthus are great garden flowers.   They have tall stems,  with exotic looking flowers in striking blue, mauve, white and pink. There are two groups of agapanthus.   Evergreen and...

How to attract butterflies to your garden

How to attract butterflies to your garden

How to attract butterflies to your garden How to attract butterflies to your garden: Butterflies and flowers were made for each other. There are certain flowers that butterflies absolutely love to be around. A...

Growing blue eyed daisies

Growing blue eyed daisies

Growing blue eyed daisies Growing blue eyed daisies;  A blue-eyed daisy is also known as an African daisy. It features a blue disk in the center surrounded by white, pink or yellow radiating petals....

Add pincushion proteas to your garden this summer

Add pincushion proteas to your garden this summer

Add pincushion proteas to your garden this summer Add pincushion proteas to you garden this summer:  Once established,  this plant is covered in extraordinarily showy blooms.   They last several weeks as cut flowers.   These plants...

How to deal with snails in your garden

How to deal with snails in your garden

How to deal with snails in your garden How to deal with snails in your garden:  There are many options at your disposal, natural and otherwise,  for getting rid of snails.   Snails can be...

How to grow straw flowers

How to grow straw flowers

How to grow straw flowers How to grow strawflowers: Strawflowers are well known by crafters and florists for their unusually high quality as dried flowers.   The petals on each strawflower are like stiff paper.  ...

Morning glory knowlians black

Morning glory knowlians black

Morning glory knowlians black Morning glory knowlians black:  These flowers are not quite black, but very deep, velvety purple.  Knowlians black morning glory is a slightly slower grower than other morning glory varieties,  therefore...

Hoya wax plant care

Hoya wax plant care

Hoya wax plant care Hoya wax plant care: The Hoya Carnosa,  known as the porcelain flower,  or wax plant,  is an Asclepiad species in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. It is one of the many...

Plant bamboo for a tropical look

Plant bamboo for a tropical look

Plant bamboo for a tropical look Plant bamboo for a tropical look:  Bamboo has always been considered an exotic plant in the garden. Gardeners have discovered that bamboo is a versatile and robust addition...

Coleus plant care

Coleus plant care

Coleus plant care Coleus plant care:   Coleus plants are very popular for container gardening.   You can plant them all over your garden in large containers,  as well as have them in hanging baskets around...

Grow puya plants from seeds

Grow Puya plants from seeds

Grow Puya plants from seeds Grow Puya plants from seeds:  Introduction to Puyas, which are bromeliads with spectacular flowers. Puya is a little known bromeliad from South and Central America,  that grow as a...

Growing rosemary in pots

Growing rosemary in pots

Growing rosemary in pots Growing rosemary pots:    Grow rosemary in a container that has a least one drainage hole and is 6 to 8 inches deep. It should contain high-quality potting soil that is...

Camellias brighten your winter garden

Camellias brighten your winter garden

Camellias brighten your winter garden Camellias brighten your winter garden:   Camellia bushes can play a starring role in your garden over winter and spring, as well as providing a useful backdrop in summer and...

Hosta plants can be grown indoors

Hosta plants can be grown indoors

Hosta plants can be grown indoors Hosta plants can be grown indoors:  Though hosta are traditionally grown outside in gardens,  they also make great houseplants,  if grown in pots or containers,  under proper conditions, indoors. Hosta...

Daffodils for your winter garden

Daffodils for your winter garden

Daffodils for your winter garden Daffodils for your winter garden:  Daffodils are a lovely addition to the winter to spring garden. Plant the bulbs in the fall and they will bloom in late winter...