Melianthus major Care

October 12, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Melianthus major honeybush large glaucous leaves

Know About Honeybush or Melianthus major Melianthus major is a perennial shrub with fascinating foliage. The plant with common names such as Honeybush, cape honey flower, touch-me-not or ‘Antonow’s Blue’ is native to South-western Africa. It is easy to find this plant or to grow its seeds because it is far from rare. The truth is it has been naturalised in southern parts of Australia and in the south-eastern Queensland. It is considered as a weed in South Australia and Victoria. The sprawling habit of the plant gives a jungle-like look to the area where they are planted. They can grow to a height of 3 metres and can spread to an equal width. This plant has characteristic large pinnately compound glaucous leaves with serrated edges, which are bluish grey green in colour. The plant produces tubular, nectar-laden and highly fragrant contrasting reddish brown flowers, which attract the insects and birds. Flowers are produced in spring or early summer and are borne on thin racemes, which are about 80cm long. Growing Conditions The Honeybush plant needs full sun and moist soil. It also needs well-drained soil to grow. It can also be grown in pots in lightly shaded areas. The
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Caring For Virginia Creepers

September 25, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Virginia Creeper colourful rapid climber cold hardy

How to Grow and Take Care of Virginia Creeper? One of the very fast and rapidly growing vines is the Virginia creeper. They are very attractive and woody deciduous vines that simply loves to climb. It is also known as the Victoria creeper or the five-finger creeper or five-leaved ivy. This vine can grow in a wide variety of climates. Its binomial name is Parthenocissus quinquefolia and it belongs to the Vitaceae family. Description of Virginia Creeper These creepers are prolific climbers and can easily reach a height of about 20 to 30 metres. It makes use of the tendrils to cling on to the support surfaces like tree barks or rocks. The small fork like tendrils has a strong adhesive pad at its tips that helps it to cling on the surfaces firmly. The leaves have five leaflets and are palmately compound. They are joined from the centre of the leafstalk. The leaves range from 1.2 inches to 7.9 inches in size and they have a toothed margin. The Virginia creeper leaves turn into bright red colour or deep burgundy colour during autumn to offer a very attractive colour display to the garden. For most of the other times,
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Aeonium Arboreum Propagation Care

August 20, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Aeonium Arboreum Irish rose growing cuttings

Know About My Aeonium Arboreum Plant Aeonium Arboreum or Irish rose is a succulent plant native to the Canary Islands. Aeonium are great as ornamental plants and they can improve the appearance of the garden or patio. This succulent has long and arching stems with fleshy rosettes of leaves. The colour of the leaves varies from green to dark maroon. There are more than 35 species of this plant. Some of the species are low growing and some forms branches and grows 3-4 feet tall. Most of the varieties bloom during spring or late winter. The plant produces bright yellow conical shaped flowers that are star shaped and has many narrow petals. They are best suited for planting in containers and they need very little soil. Plants store water in their leaves and stem and the roots of this plant are thin and hair like. Many Aeoniums produce aerial roots. The plant forms clumps and spreads to 1 ft to 3 ft. In extreme hot conditions, the leaves of the plant shrivels and curls to prevent water loss. How to grow? The plant prefers Mediterranean climate with moderate heat or cold. They are moderately tolerant to drought and tolerant to
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Yesterday Today Tomorrow Plant Care

August 1, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Yesterday today tomorrow plant heavenly scented flowers

Know How To Grow Yesterday Today And Tomorrow Plant Yesterday-today and tomorrow plant, Brunfelsia bonodora or kiss me quick is a flowering plant belonging to the Solanaceae family. It is endemic to Brazil and is commonly known as the Brazil rain tree. About the Plant The flowers of this shrub last for three days. During this time, their main feature is that each bloom changes colour during each day, automatically fading in colour. This gives this flowering bush the trademark yesterday today and tomorrow plant. The first day flowers will be purple and on the second day, the colour will turn to pastel lavender. On the third day the flowers will be white. Because of this colour transformation, they are liked as garden plants. This evergreen plant has small simple leaves and masses of 5 petalled fragrant flowers and dark green foliage. Here, flowering starts from late spring, September it is in full bloom by Remembrance Day 11 day of November and has stopped flowering by the end of the month. The plant is not safe for children as the alkaloid content is poisonous. The seeds and berries are toxic to children and pets. The plant can grow to a
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Aspidistra Cast Iron Flowering Plant

July 14, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Cast Iron Plant Variegated Aspidistra Elatior growing caring

Growing And Taking Care Of Aspidistra Cast Iron Plant If you are collecting or looking for a very good and attractive looking house plant that will add some greenery and a fresh look to your interiors, then invest in the Aspidistra plants. They will help in changing the look and the decor of your home interiors. These plants lives up to its name, cast iron plant, it’s hard to kill. While they are tough, reliable that loves to grow and thrive in low light and cooler parts of the garden in different regions. Their broad leathery foliage offer brightness and an airy feel to the room. The Aspidistra plant can also be grown outdoors as a ground cover or an understory plant, but they need to be grown in areas where there is low light and maximum shade. This plant is popularly known as the Cast Iron plant or the iron plant. There are three different varieties of the Aspidistra plant that are used often in gardening in Australia. One of the most common versions of this plant is the one with white or cream spots on the green leathery leaves and this is called the Milky Way plant. These
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Moses In The Cradle Plant Care

June 15, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Moses In the cradle plant propagation care guide

How to Grow and Care For Moses In the Cradle? Moses-in-the-cradle is one of the most chosen topical perennial plants that you can grow in your garden. Its main attraction is the duo toned leaves. Full green leaves are backed deep purple, they are a sensational colour. It is a must in every garden that lives without frost in Australia and I will grow wherever there is full sunlight or light shade. This plant will only grow well in warm tropical regions. It is cultivated as ornamental plants in many countries. Its botanical name is Rhoeo spathacea and is also known as Stipe Me pink or Moses in the basket commonly. The small white flowers that bloom within the purple bracts shaped like a boat are located between the base of the leaves give the plant its name. Moses in the cradle is poisonous. Description of Rhoeo spathacea The Rhoeo spathacea is an attractive evergreen perennial that has waxy leaves. It has a very short stem and it grows in an upright position. The leaves of the plant are sword shape and I grow about 30 to 40 cm in height and about 3 to 4 inches wide. It is
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Monstera Deliciosa Fruit Salad Vine

May 2, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Monstera Deliciosa Fruit Salad Trees Home And Garden

Monstera Deliciosa Growing And Caring For Fruit Salad Plant Monstera deliciosa also known as the Swiss cheese plant, Split Leaf Philodendron, Mexican breadfruit. Monstera deliciosa is recognised by its enormous rounded glossy decorative green leaves. To identify this plant, close to the midrib of the leaves are round to oblong holes followed by wide splits in the leaves, opening widest at the leaf margins. This only happens with age. Like most chosen houseplants, it naturally grows in the tropics and is at home to the rain forests of southern Mexico and Central America. It is unusual for this plant to send up flowers indoors, outdoors it bears green white flowers like those of a peace lily, which develop into an edible fruit. The fruit is edible after flowering not forgetting the fruit can take between 12 to 18 months to ripen. It must be be very ripe before you can eat it. The fruit is said to smell like bananas and pineapples (but I forgot to smell the flower when I took the photo), and supposedly tastes like fruit salad. The entire green variety is in no doubt the most sighted variety, while the loveable variegated white and green exotic
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Crepe Myrtle Tree Care Guide

January 23, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Crepe Myrtle bloom continuously all summer long

All That You Wanted to Know About Ever So Popular Crepe Myrtle Tree The Crepe Myrtle trees feature in plenty of gardens for its lovely flowers. They look very attractive in full bloom and many homeowners love to have at least one Crepe Myrtle Tree in their garden to add a new dimension to the garden landscape. They will give a different look to your garden the whole year round with its ability to produce attractive summer flowers and colourful autumn leaves. Their trunks also add beauty to any garden landscape. More About Crepe Myrtle Tree The botanical name of this tree is Lagerstroemia. They are commonly seen in all areas of Australia including moist warm humid conditions of Northern Australia, India, and Southeast Asia. The Crepe Myrtle belongs to the Lythraceae family and will grow well in areas or regions where there are warmer climatic conditions. The genus of the Crepe Myrtle Tree is named after Magnus von Lagerstrom. They are popular and a favourite tree of many people seen planted all along the roadsides to give an ornamental look. These trees or shrubs are available in wide varieties. They are known for their long-lasting and colourful summer blooms.
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Philodendron Xanadu Grow Care

January 8, 2018 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Philodendron xanadu shrub popular landscaping plants

How to Grow and Take Care of Philodendron Xanadu? If you are looking to bring in a tropical feel to your garden area, then you should plant the Philodendron Xanadu. This plant is ideal as filler or a mass plant and can also be used to make garden borders. It is an ideal plant to use in warm temperature, subtropical and tropical regions. They are very easy to grow and do not need much maintenance. These are large compact plants that offer attractive looking foliage. The older the Xanadu grows, massed together the more attractive it looks. This is why it is used in most gardens to enhance the look of the entire landscape. More About Philodendron Xanadu This plant belongs to the family Araceae and its genus is Philodendron. They are excellent plants when they are planted alone or even can be used as companion plants. The plants will easily spread out when planted on the ground and its leaves will get divided as the plant matures. Planting them with crotons or other tropical plants will help in enhancing the look of the garden. Xanadu grows at a decent pace and will reach a maximum of 3 feet in
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Holly Varieties Trees Shrubs Facts

November 23, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Holly tree facts and most popular varieties

Caring For Holly Varieties Trees And Shrubs Hollies are one of the most popular hedge plants with year–round interest. There are different varieties of hollies which range from tiny shrubs to towering trees. They are mostly grown for the beauty of their red berries. There are varieties of pink, white, yellow or orange berries as well. Any dull landscape can be made attractive with a bush of Holly. Holly is an evergreen plant and it adds beauty to your winter garden with its berries and with its lush green leaves in summer. You need to plant female Holly plants if you are looking for the bright berries to add colour to your winter garden. Make sure that there are male plants nearby. The plant produces small white flowers before the presentation pack of the jazzy contrasting bright red berries. Where to plant? The Holly tree or bush grows best in areas receiving partial sunlight. The trees can tolerate full sun. You need to plant them in well-drained soil which is slightly acidic. The preferred pH is from 5 to 6. How to grow? Before planting in the soil, add compost or manure if the soil needs amendment. Leave at least
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