Growing Caring Rosea Ice Plant

November 17, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Rosea Ice Plant How To Grow For Best Results

Rosea Ice Plant Or Drosanthemum Floribundum How I grow It Drosanthemum Floribundum is a spreading succulent belonging to the family Aizoaceae. When in bloom, this plant puts on a big show that gives the illusion of a pink or purple blanket on the ground. The dense mat forming groundcover forms a smothering mass of tiny daisy like flowers along the stems of this low creeping plant. This plant has a woody stem and fleshy leaves which are cylindrical in shape. The plant grows to a height of only 4-6 inches and can spread 3-6 feet wide forming a good weed suppressant. The Rosea Ice plant is tolerant to heat and salt and is ideal for rock gardens, pool sides and as good replace for grass in lawns. As they are drought tolerant, they can be used for xeriscaping. These perennials form a good evergreen ground cover. Avoid planting them in areas with foot traffic, as the leaves do not withstand trampling. Blooming occurs during late spring or during early summer. Right now and for the past year or so I have been training my pink Rosea Ice Plant to grow up and along a chicken wire fence. Growing conditions This
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Primulas Annual Or Perennial

October 31, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Primula Primrose Polyanthus Outdoors Care

Growing And Caring For Primula Primrose Or Polyanthus Primula is a herbaceous ornamental flowering plant belonging to the family Primulaceae. Primulas are also called as Primrose or Polyanthus. They are planted grown or cared for either as an annual or perennial. This plant was first discovered in Yunan province in China Primula is native to the tropical mountains in Indonesia, Ethiopia and New Guinea and temperate regions of South America. Primula includes more than 500 species and half of them exist in the Himalayan region. Some of the most popular species of the plant include Primula vulgaris, Primula Acaulis, the delicate flowers of fairy Primrose or Primula Malacoides, Obconica or Poison Primrose and Primula Sinensis. These flowering plants are a good addition to your garden in Australia. They are also suitable for growing in containers and pots or in hanging baskets or you might want to create a spring window box. This will bring the most welcoming colour to your window from outside. These plants grow prostrate on the ground and are available with different coloured flowers. The leaves form a short rosette of tongue shape leaves around the flowers, some types are dark green others are light in colour.
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Marigolds In The World Care

October 20, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

French Marigolds Tagetes patula

How To Grow And Care Marigold Tagetes African French Signet Marigolds The marigold flower is one of the most common planted annuals in the world. The long lasting companion flowers with their bold odour can be used to attract pollinators to your garden in particular bees and butterflies. Each one of them is so easy to grow from seed except the mule Marigolds, the seeds are sterile. The marigold thrives in full sun and has to be grown in areas where there is afternoon shade in hot climates. They are not particular about the soil, but will grow well in well-draining soil. They will produce more flowers and less foliage if grown in soil that is not very rich. Marigolds are a vegetable gardeners favourite flower. There are quirky little marigolds out there, that come in fun bi-colours with bold stripes in deep burgundy and a bright shade of yellow, these are sure to brighten up your summer garden, these are called the court jester marigold. They will grow in most areas in Australia and are sure to give an impressive display, scattered around your garden. There are so many marigolds available that it can be very confusing and daunting
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Phlox Plants Planting And Caring

October 15, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Phlox Planting And Caring

Phlox Plants Information On Planting And Caring Phlox plants grown in Australia are annual and perennial flowering plants with tightly packed clusters of showy flowers. This plant selection is native to North America. The shades of the flowers include red, pink, purple, yellow, white, scarlet and many bright bicolours. There are so many varieties of them and you will be able to easy find one suitable for your garden. Annual phlox form small mounting bushes. Rock phlox makes good ground cover forming small mounds spread by underground stolens that can cascade over walls and rocks, as they grow to a height of only 6-18 inches. The trailing varieties have long stems and border phlox are bushy and upright. There are varieties which may grow to 3-4 feet as well. The phlox plants are easy to grow and need low maintenance. These plants are sun loving and have long blooming season extending from spring to autumn depending on the variety. The cluster of flowers makes good cut flowers. How to Plant? Phlox establishes well in sunny areas with rich loose soil which has good drainage. The growth requirements may vary according to the species you are growing. Prepare the garden bed
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Evening Primrose Plant Facts

September 21, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Evening Primrose Growing Conditions And Care Information

Evening Primrose: All That You Wanted to Know About Oenothera Speciosa If you are thinking as to what the Oenothera speciose is, then this plant is commonly called by different names like pink evening Primrose, pink ladies, Mexican primrose or showy evening primrose. This plant adds great looks and attraction to an ordinary looking garden. The evening primrose can be used as garden bed and borders and also form excellent ground cover plants throughout the year. They are well suited for garden styles like meadow type garden, rock garden, coastal garden or prairie garden. The showy flowers make them a must in every garden. The Oenothera speciose belongs to the Onagraceae family and is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant. These plants can easily turn into invasive plants thereby you need to take great care of it from overspreading in the garden. Description of Oenothera Speciose The pink evening primrose is a perennial wild flowering plant that comes out with multitudes of fragrance filled satin like white flowers. The flowers have a very delicate structure and fees like crumpled silk. The flowers are the major attractions of this plant and are about 2 to 3 inches wide. They generally will turn
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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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