Liriope Shade Drought Tolerant

September 15, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Liriope summer colour lilyturf dry shade gardens

Liriope – A Popular Border Grass Are you skeptic about growing border plants in your garden? Do you want to grow plants that need very less maintenance as ground covers? Well, one of the best plants you can try out as a border grass in your garden is the Liriope. This plant is a grass-like flowering plant that is neither a true grass nor a lily. They are commonly known as monkey grass or lilyturf or border grass. The Liriope is commonly used in lawn areas or gardens as they have evergreen foliage and are perfect groundcovers. They are ideal plants to use for garden landscapes. More about Liriope and Its Varieties There are two varieties of Liriope: Liriope muscari and Liriope spicata. The Liriope muscari are the most common type, commonly grown everywhere in Australia. It has tiny violet flower colours that appear on the grass during late summers. The L. muscari is a bigger plant than the L. spicata. They will reach a height of 18 inches and 12 inches in width whereas the L. spicata grows about 9 to 15 inches tall. The Liriope muscari is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant that has evergreen foliage and purple
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Astilbe Perennial Plant Grow Care

September 12, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Fabulous shady plant where there is moisture in the garden

Astilbe Plants: Grown in Shade With Moist Not Wet Soils Astilbe is a perennial native to East Asia. This plant belongs to the family Saxifragaceae. This plant is rhizome rooted and produces flowers during summer. The flower heads are showy but individual flowers are small and dull. Astilbe has compound leaves with toothed edges. Foliage is glossy and fern-like. The size of flower clusters ranges from 6 inches to 2 feet. The height of the plant ranges from 6 inches to 5 feet, depending on the variety of the plant. These plants are suitable for shady areas where other plants won’t thrive. Astilbe flowers can be used as the focal point in your summer garden. There are more than 25 species of this plant available and there are hundreds of hybrid varieties. The flower colour ranges from white, pastel to dark purple. If you want Astilbe to bloom at a different time, the best thing you can do is, try growing different varieties. Flowers are suitable for clipping, used year round, can be used dried or fresh, in mono bouquets or combined together in colourful flower mixes in all types of floral design. How to Grow? Though Astilbe plants can
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Livingstone Daisy Growing Tips

September 8, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Livingstone Daisies colour your garden in spring and summer

About Livingtone Daisy Propagation – Things You Need To Learn  Livingstone Daisy or Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis is an annual succulent plant belonging to Aizoaceae family. This is a low growing plant that grows with ease. Suitable as a ground cover, borders and grows low enough to be growing between paving. The flowers have many petals and its daisy like flowers grow in a wide range of colours in hot and cold areas. The bright and cheerful flowers are one the best selections to add brilliant colour to the garden. The neon mixture of colours varies from pink, rose, and crimson, buff, cream to white, not only that, if you genuinely observe the flowers, they have a dark centre. The flowers close up at night and during cloudy days. When the sun returns they open flower, shining bright against the warm morning sunshine. These daisies cannot absorb the excessive heat of the afternoon rays of light and will need to be in some shade for protection. Livingstone Daisies are one of the easiest flowers to grow and bloom from seed. This plant has succulent leaves, which are about 3 inches long that bloom during winter and spring. The pretty tough plant grows
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Diascia Flower Plant Care

September 1, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Diascia flower plant blooms in spring and autumn

Diascia – How To Plant And Take Care Of Diascias The Diascia is one of the most common flowering plants that you will find in the garden centres in Australia. The peachy-pink coloured flowers add a colourful attraction to the garden landscape. Diascia is a perennial flowering plant that belongs to the family Scrophulariaceae and the Diascia Genus. Its binomial name is Diascia Bergiana. These perennial plants can be planted with their relatives the snapdragons. The stocks and Gerbera daisy also add more colour and a rich look to your garden. The Diascia cultivars are very popular these days as they can be easily grown as bedding plants and are very colourful. They are used commonly in hanging baskets and window boxes. They are excellent perennials to be grown in containers that come alive with their showy flowers during spring, then stop flowering during the heat of summer then resume flowering in the autumn, when the weather cools down. The shops seem to come out with new colours each season. I love the new lavender purple variety that has landed in the nurseries this season ‘Piccadilly denim blue’ chances are its maybe not as tough as the original pink, ‘ruby
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Dierama Fairy Fishing Rod

August 29, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Dierama fairy fishing rods

Fairy’s Fishing Rod – Angel’s Fishing Rod – Fairy Wand – Wandflower Fairy’s fishing rod or Dierama pulcherrimum flowers is also known as angel fishing rods and hair bells. This plant is native to southern Africa but grows well in Australia when the conditions are right. They are perennial plants with tuffs of arching grass like foliage and bell-shaped mauve, pink, burgundy or white flowers, hanging from the end of long stems that look like ‘fishing rods’. The plant creates a great deal of stems that bends and sways with the weight of flowers. Even the gentle breeze moves the flowers. Flowering occurs during summer and the stem can grow to a height of 1m-1.5 m. Once established they multiply at a moderate rate. The flowers are suitable for cutting. Growing Condition This plant variety requires a sunny position and fertile loamy soil, which is well drained but moist for their proper growth. It is best to grow them in built up soils, to avoid water logging of the corms in winter and prevent the soil from drying out during summer. Amending the soil with organic matter before planting ensures healthy growth. In the colder region, the plant may require
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Verbena Flower Plant Care

August 17, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Sun hardy verbena flower in clusters

Verbena Plants – How to Grow and Care for Verbenas Verbena flowers will offer attraction and a great look to your summer garden. This is a flowering plant that you can depend on for long lasting blooms and they perform very well during the hottest summer months. These plants thrive in the direct sunlit areas of your garden, and no matter if you are planting the annual or the perennial Verbenas, consider to use them as your summer flowering plants. About Verbena The Verbena flowering plants are ideal to be used in summer gardens. It is a spreading plant and therefore can suit cascading gardens or cascade over retaining walls, baskets, pots and window boxes. These plants are drought tolerant and therefore are perfect for rock gardens, hanging baskets as well. They can grow up to a height from 6 inches to 3 feet and are about 12 to 20 inches wide, depending on the type and variety of the plant. The Verbena plants bloom seasonally and just like the flowering daylilies you have summer bloom as well as autumn bloom plants. How to Grow Verbenas? Verbena plants tolerate high heat and summer temperatures and hence are drought resistant. They
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Seaside Daisy Planting Care

August 13, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Seaside Daisy planting and care

Seaside Daisy Plant Care Pruning And Propagation Guide Seaside daisy (Erigeron karvinskianus) other common names are beach asters and Mexican fleabane are hardy garden perennials belonging to the family Asteraceae. The plant is native to Mexico and highly resistant to wind and salty sprays. The low growing plants form a good ground cover in coastal areas. These are one of the traditional carefree cottage garden fillers seen everywhere. The plant grows to a height of 15-25 cm and spread about 30 to 90 cm. The foliage is greyish green and the plant blooms in large numbers of tiny little daisy flowers, that open pink and slowly fade to a white with age. There are plenty of fine daisy like petals arranged around the yellow coloured central disc. Giving a multi coloured shades of pinks with the two tone pink and white affect. The coloured flowers are produced at the same time on the one plant, all through the year. However, the plant cannot withstand an extreme cold snowy climate but will take many frosts. They are perfect to soften borders, around swimming pools or grown in containers, garden beds and in rockeries. In nature they will just pop up and
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Agastache Plant Care

August 5, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Agastache supply 4 months of enjoyable blooms

Agastache All You Need To Know About Growing Agastache Varieties Agastache is an aromatic perennial belonging to the mint family Lamiaceae. This plant variety has greyish green foliage and long flower spikes which last throughout the flowering season. The colour of the Agastache flower petal colour ranges from purple to lavender. They are also seen in pink, blue, white or rose colours. The flower spike is about 3-4 inches long and the blooms start to appear from the top of the spike to the bottom. The flowers are nectar rich and attract insects eating birds. This plant can add a colour display to your garden with long lasting flowers and green leaves. Growing Agastache requires no special skill and is easy to care for. Flowers are produced till the first frost appears. Depending on the variety the plant height ranges from 2 to 4 feet. The most common varieties include Licorice Mint (Agastache Rupestris), Orange Hummingbird Mint (Agastache Aurantiaca), Anise Hyssop (Agastache Foeniculum), etc. some of the varieties are hardy and some are frost tender. They make good cut flowers. Growing Conditions Agastache prefers a good sunny location and well-drained soil to grow. They can grow well even in poor
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Tulips Care How To Grow

July 31, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Tiptoe through the tulips

Tulips – How To Grow And Take Care Of Tulip Bulbs Tulips are exotic and attractive looking, flowering plants that come in brightly coloured blossoms, in a dazzling wide range of colours. These bulbs can normally grow in your backyards without the slightest problems. They give an opportunity for an added attraction and richness to any garden. Tulips can be used as garden borders or grown with the latest smart ground cover or softened with a light covering of snow in summer. With the right care and maintenance, you can grow these attractive looking Tulips year after year in your garden. It is very easy to grow and care for Tulips, as they do not need any watering schedule, just need to be fed with fertilisers every now and then. No matter if you are a pro or a beginner, you can easily grow and care for Tulips in your garden without any issues. The tulip bulb has a place in the garden with many annuals, perennials and other spring bulbs. Fresh tulips make exquisite cut flowers in your home. For Best Vase Life To pick a bunch of fresh tulip flowers for a vase inside, from your flower garden,
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Obedient Plant – False Dragonhead

July 31, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Obedient Plant or False Dragonhead Propagation

Obedient Plant All the Info You Need To Grow False Dragon Head Introduction Obedient plant (physostegia virginiana) has a further everyday name false dragon head, a flowering plant native to North America, thereby belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae. It got the name obedient plant because when the flower is pushed to any side, it will remain in that position. They are a rhizomatous perennial plant which forms clumps. Obedient plant leaves are lance shaped and has toothed edges. The stem of the plant is square shaped like that of mint plants. The plant produces spikes of two lipped snapdragon like pink, purple or white flowers during summer. If you are looking for plants that can provide late-season flowers in the garden, you can opt for obedient plant. Since they are strong plants and are extremely easy to grow and care for. Growing Tips This plant grows to a height of 2- 4 feet and prefers full or partial sun to light shade in hot weather seasons. They spread to a width of 1-2 feet at this height they may require staking. Plant attains robust growth and spreading when planted in fertile soil. The floppiness of the tall stems can
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