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Zephyranthes Bulbs

May 17, 2019 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

white zephyranthes bulbs

Zephyranthes Bulbs And Its Varieties Zephyranthes plants are also known as rain lilies or storm lilies.  They are petite plants which produce starry flowers. They belong to amaryllis family and it is said there are more than 70 species of the plant. These plants with bulbs can produce flowers on and off from winter to midsummer and do grow well in areas with little water. I notice the number of flowers seems to increase every year. The plant has grass like slender and long foliage. In summer flowering is triggered by moisture and hence the name rain lilies. During the autumn the plants die back to become dormant. The Zephyranthes plants will start the growth in the next season after the dormancy period. They are low maintenance plants and are suitable for areas with limited space. They are great garden fillers and will cover the bare spots in your garden. Varieties of Zephyranthes Different varieties and cultivars of the plant are available in the market place. Zephyranthes flowers vary in size and colour and will have different bloom time. Each
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Polka Dot Plant Humidity Terrariums

March 16, 2019 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Polka dot plant Hypoestes phyllostachya freckle face plant

Polka Dot Plant -The Ideal Plant To Grow In A Terrariums Polka Dot plant or Hypoestes phyllostachya is a small, colourful plant with different coloured dots on contrasting leaves. Here in Australia, the polka dot plant is nicknamed the freckle face plant. This plant is native to Madagascar and can grow to a height of 30 inches when grown outside. When grown indoors, the plant needs regular trimming to avoid the stems from becoming leggy specimens. This plant looks very good in terrariums as they can add colour to the container garden. They can be used as borders in your exterior garden. Did you know the less light the smaller the dots will be? Why Is It Ideal For Terrariums? How To Grow This plant requires bright light, but do not require full sun to grow and bring out the leaf pattern. It is a good option to keep the plant in the containers. Polka dot plant needs a humid environment to produce lush foliage. Occasional misting of the terrariums absolutely provides humidity for proper growth. The foliar houseplant also
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Clivia Nobilis Pendulous Form

February 20, 2019 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Cream clivia with orange backed petals

About Clivia Nobilis And How to Grow It Clivia nobilis or Eastern Cape bush lily or green tip forest lily belongs to family Amaryllidaceae. This herbaceous plant is native to South Africa. The coastal plants grow on dune sand and inland populations are found on rocky areas and river banks. The plant name Clivia nobilis was given in honour of Duchess of Northumberland who belonged to Clive family. Plant Description C. nobilis plants are recognised to have long stiff strap-like, upright leathery leaves with very fine toothed edges, which are about 30 cm to 50 cm long and 2.5 cm to 5 cm broad with rounded tips on the leaf ends. This is a bulbous plant and forms rhizomes from which new suckers are produced. My plants produce long round shaped reddish-orange flowers. Each tubular flower is tipped with a green rim that flowered towards the end of November this year, just a few weeks later than my elaborate orange backed clivia hybrids. I must say these clivias draw me in. If you have never seen a true Clivia nobilis,
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Ornamental Kale Plants Growing Conditions

September 4, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

How to grow ornamental kale flowering cabbage in your garden

Grow Ornamental Kale and Flowering Cabbage in Your Garden The Ornamental kale and flowering cabbage are all kales. They are very similar to the edible kale and cabbage in their look and growth. They belong to the same species Brassica oleracea and they love cool weather conditions. They are grown in gardens for the intense colour of foliage and not as vegetables. The flowers usually have purple hues. The Ornamental kale is different from flowering cabbage in having curly or ruffled leaves whereas cabbages have large flat leaves with smooth edges. The ornamental kales are biennial and can grow to 18 inches in height and width. Growing Conditions The Ornamental kale and flowering cabbage can be grown in areas with full sun or partially shaded areas. If grown in a warmer climate, provide them with partial shade. These ornamental plants need exposure to cold temperature to develop deep colours. It is used as a border plant or can be grown in masses for public displays. These plants require fertile and well-drained soil. They can be grown in pots in patios.
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Hot Lips Plant Salvia Microphylla Care

August 5, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Hot Lips Salvia growing pruning salvia plants

Hot Lips Plant – Know More About Salvias  The Hot Lips plant is an evergreen perennial that has the aroma of black currant and is known to the world for its distinct looking flowers. The flowers are bicoloured. They usually have white double lower lobes and a red hood. The plant flowers during the spring and the autumn months. These plants can be used in your garden landscapes as border plants or even can be grown as a mass planting. They can also be grown in containers and pots and are suited for wildlife and rock gardens. The botanical name of the Hot Lips plant is Salvia Microphylla. The flowers are variable and not always to the description. Masses of blooms may be totally red or white or pure white colour with red lipstick colour and hence it is named Hot Lips. More About Hot Lips The Hot Lips plant is a popular plant planted in Australian cottage style gardens like mine. It is a hardy perennial sage that flowers almost throughout the year. Plants can withstand most winters without
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Iris Pseudacorus Yellow Iris Care

July 23, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Iris Pseudacorus Yellow Iris Flower

Know About Yellow Iris Pseudacorus  Invasive Water Iris Iris Pseudacorus or yellow flag iris is a perennial belonging to family Iridaceae. This plant is fast-growing and can invade wetlands and backyard landscapes easily. This species comes from Europe North Africa and Western Asia. They invade and form dense growth as shown by my image. It can reduce water movement and prevent the growth of other aquatic plants. Yellow Iris plant has become naturalised widely and is used as garden plants. However, in some areas of the world, growing yellow iris is restricted as they are considered as noxious weeds. The plant has toxic properties and is not safe to consume. Plant Description This moisture-loving iris has green or bluish green long strap-like leaves. The leaves are usually 1metre long and 30 mm wide with a mid-rib. The plant reaches a height of about 150 cm. The flowers are large and bright yellow coloured with three broad and three narrow lobes. The flowers are produced on a flattened stem. The flowers flutter in the breeze like flags and hence the name.
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Geum Plants Grow Avens Varieties

April 7, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Geum Avens care perennial plants for the home gardeners garden

Geum Plant Information And Taking Care Geum or Avens is an herbaceous perennial flower belonging to the rose family. This rhizomatous plant is widespread in distribution across Asia, Europe, America, New Zealand and Australia. They are evergreen plants except in areas with extreme winter cold. They have coarse textured dark green leaves and grow 16-18 inches tall measured by flower height. Most flowers are produced on long stalks and the flower colour ranges from red, orange or tones of yellow as well as pinks. The plant forms clumps that spread to 12-18 inches. Hybrid cultivars have double blossoms which are fluffy, attractive and look affective. Flowers are usually produced during spring and re-blooms spasmodically throughout summer. The seed heads of the plant are also attractive with a feathery tail like appearance. Geums make good border plant in cool or warm areas and it is nice to see them planted in masses. They are well as container plants and are great as cut flowers. The plant grows well if given basic care and proper soil conditions. Growing Conditions Geum produces flowers
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Iris Gracilipes Yellow Crested Irises

March 12, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Iris Gracilipes care how to grow a crested Iris

How To Plant And Take Care Of Iris Gracilipes Iris Gracilipes is a grassy ornamental plant, a sampling of a Dwarf Crested Iris. The plant produces many small lilac-blue or mauve coloured flowers. This perennial plant with showy flowers is easy to grow in home gardens. Iris Gracilipes grows in a smaller rounded clump and because of its foliage, reminds me of a miniature daylily. This plant is ideal for the rock garden and woodlands but is difficult to grow compared to the crested roof iris – Iris Tectorum. Both species of the Evansia Iris are grown for the beautiful blooms. The plant forms the ground hugging groundcover and grows only about 10-15 cm in height. It is a native of Japan and found mainly on wooded, rocky mountain slopes and forest edges. They can withstand salty winds and grows well in seaside areas away from frosty atmospheres. These Irises can withstand snow to a certain extent. They can also be grown in flat pots. The flowers are produced from October to November in Australia. Plant Description The foliage of
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Chain Of Hearts As I Know It

February 15, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

String-Of-Hearts-Rosary-Vine-Plant-Propagation

How to Grow and Propagate String Of Hearts The chain of hearts, string of hearts or rosary vine are some common names of Ceropegia woodii. This ornamental houseplant is a native to Southern Africa. This perennial plant belongs to milkweed subfamily. Even though this is an evergreen climber with a stringy purple coloured stem, the trailing stems make it a good choice for a hanging plant. You can also make them grow on a trellis by winding up the stems on the support. The trails of the vine can reach 12’ long in its natural habitat. When grown as houseplants it can grow to 2’ to 4’. Plant Description The leaves are heart-shaped and opposite in arrangement on the stem. The colour of the leaves is dark green with silver marbled effect on the upper side and purple or green on the underside. I have noticed when grown indoors the leaves may have light green or cream colour due to poor light. The tubers of the plant grow along the vine giving the effect of beads on the rosary and
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Bulbine Frutescens Plant Care

February 7, 2018 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Bulbine Frutescens plant uses propagation growing tips

Growing Bulbine Frutescens In Your Garden Bulbine Frutescens also known as snake flower or burn jelly plant is a popular flowering plant ideal for the water-wise garden. This plant is indigenous to South Africa. This succulent plant is fast growing and has long flesh leaves and clasping stems. They form clumps and have adventitious roots and star-shaped flowers with 6 petals are produced in clusters on elongated flowering stems. The blooming time is spring and flowers have yellow or orange colour. The yellow coloured fluffy stamen makes the flower more attractive. While the name of the plant is misleading as the plants do not develop bulbs. Nevertheless the plant is also grown for it’s medicinal value. The plant requires the least care and will add beauty to your garden throughout the year. If you are looking for a drought resistant ground cover, then Bulbine Frutescens are the ideal choice. The fruit of the plant is capsule shaped and bears three chambers which contain black seeds. Growing tips These plants can be grown anywhere as they are drought and frost resistant.
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