Marigolds Calendula Care

April 22, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Calendula orange yellow pot marigolds

Marigolds How To Grow And Care For Calendula Plants? Calendula or Pot Marigolds is herbaceous annual or perennial plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. Marigolds as I knew these flowers as a child, were among the first plants I saw in the garden. I probably remember them so much because they were sticky and to me back then, they had a bad smell, but I use to love to pluck the flower petals, when the flowers were fully opened. These plants are native to Western Europe, Mediterranean, and southwest Asia. These plants are traditionally used as medicinal and culinary herbs. Marigold Plants have orange or bright yellow flowers. Calendula Plants are easy to grow and the petals of the flower are edible and are plucked from the flower and used to, brighten up and serve with salads. They are also used as a colouring agent for cheese and butter. These plants are frost tolerant and are good as a garden bed plant or container plants for outdoor spaces. The flowering period extends from early summer to the first frost. The double blossoms are about 2.5 to 4 inches in width. They are good to be grown as patio plants or in
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Aster Easter Daisy Care

April 21, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Aster Flowers How To Plant Grow And Care For All Kinds Of Asters? Aster flowers themselves are one inch wide that flower profusely to add plenty attraction and beauty to your landscape during the late summer. They continue flowering, to the end of the autumn period before the weather starts to get cool and the Jack frosts arrives. In Australia the Aster plant is well know as the Easter Daisy or Michaelmas Daisies. The Aster flowers bloom in shades of purple, pink, blue, white and a yellow variety (Aster Lutea or Solidaster Lemore) that add a vibrant look to your perennial garden when they flower. They are delightful loyal hardy flowers that return every year at the same time. It is easy to grow them in pots or plant them in your perennial garden beds. The Aster offers all kinds of flowers on short or tall stems, double and single blooms, all sizes and types are all attractive. They belong to the Asteraceae family and right now there are about 180 different species of Asters that look fantastic. These plants make great cut flowers for home and commercial cut flower growers. About Asters The aster plants are dense and very
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Campanula Carpatica Bellflowers Care

April 20, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Carpathian Bellflower Tussock Bellflower

 Campanula Carpatica – How To Grow And Propagate Bellflowers Campanula Carpatica is commonly known as Bellflowers. It belongs to Campanulaceae family. The term Campanula in Latin means “Little Bell”. The flowers of Campanula plant are naturally bell shaped and long lasting. There are more than 500 varieties of Campanula plants, they are useful as cut flowers, florists love them and use them in floral arrangements. The species include annual, biennial and perennial plants. The height of the plant varieties ranges from 5 cm to 2 m. The leaves are positioned alternately and the shape of the leaves may vary in a single plant. Leaves may have entire or serrated edges and sometimes both types are seen on a single plant. The stems and leaves may have latex. Flower colour varies from shades of purple, lavender, blue, white or pink that were all developed for all sorts of garden use. The flowering period is from late spring until the deadline of summer. Growing conditions Campanulas need full sun to grow and flower honestly. They can also grow well in lightly shaded areas. Plant them in rich and well-draining soil with an average pH of 6-8. They grow best in areas where
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Zinnias Summer Flowers Care

April 15, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Zinnia care

Zinnias Sowing Seeds – How To Grow & Plant Zinnia From Seed To Flowering Zinnias are annuals, native to Mexico belonging to the daisy family. These plants are a great addition to a summer garden as they produce brightly coloured flowers on long stems. The height of the plant varieties varies from 4 inches to 40 inches depending on the variety. These plants have opposite leaves, which are pale green in colour. The flowers come with single row petals to multilayered petals. Zinnias plants are very easy to grow and they grow very quickly. These are heavy bloomers and the flowers are long lasting. They make good cut flowers. They attract butterflies and bees to your garden. The taller varieties of Zinnias are ideal for mixed borders and smaller varieties are good for creating edges and for containers or window boxes. The different varieties are Benary’s giant with big, bright flowers, a gold flame which is mid-height variety, old -Mexico with double flowers and crystal series which are drought-tolerant. How to plant Zinnia? The best way to grow Zinnia is to start the plant from seeds. These plants do not usually thrive transplanting. If the conditions are appropriate, they can
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Ajuga Reptans Bugle Flower Care

April 12, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow

Ajuga Reptans All You Want To Know and Its Varieties Ajuga Reptans is also known as bugleweed or carpetweed and is not that invasive that you cannot control it. It is a fabulous plant capable of smothering and controlling weeds and to grow at garden edges. These plants are native to Europe. This is a hardy perennial with beautifully rounded overlapping green or outstanding variegated shaped leaves. The flower collection comprises of purple, pink or white coloured flowers. Flowers are produced on a stalk during spring and early summer, they usually grow from 10 to 15 cm in height. The dense blooming occurs in early spring. The leaves grow to a short height of 5-8 cm forming a dense matt overtime. These are tough low maintenance close knit foliage plants for your garden. There are different varieties of this plant available from online nurseries. Growing Conditions This plant can grow in partly shaded gardens or sunny locations. However, it is better to avoid strong sun exposure as the plant may get burned. They are frost hardy and can withstand moderate frost conditions. Ajuga plants are one of the easiest perennial plants to grow, they prefer beautiful crumbly top soil. In
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Beehive Ginger Plants Care

April 11, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Beehive Ginger growing and planting a special tropical creation

Beehive Ginger Growing And Caring Tips For A Special Tropical Creation One of the most stunning looking and attractive ornamental flowers you can grow to spruce up your garden is the Beehive ginger. As you have guessed, the beehive ginger flowers bear a resemblance to a beehive shape. These plants are mainly cultivated for its different and unique shaped flowers that are created and picked from the base of the plant. The flowers also come out with a wide range of colours to add beauty to any landscape. The scientific name of this plant is Zingiber Spectabile. See how to grow beehive gingers, you must have a tropical frost free garden. More About Beehive Ginger The leaves of the Beehive ginger are normally long and have an oblong shape. The leaves will taper to a single point towards the tip and the plant can reach a height of 4.5 meters or 15 feet. The inflorescence of Beehive ginger can be about 30cms or 12 inches in height. The flowers alone, are seen on the top of a spike. The flowers themselves, of the Beehive ginger are small and in particular have purple petals with yellow spots. I know they don’t
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Lobelia Care Free Tips

April 6, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Blue lobelias grown in a hanging basket

Lobelia Plant: Tips To Grow And Care For Annual and Perennial Lobelias Blue Lobelia or Lobelia Siphilitica is an herbaceous perennial plant belonging to Campanulaceae family. Lobelia species are available in different varieties. These plants are easy to grow and grow well in cool weather conditions. The plant blooms during the summer time and it is excellent for planting in rows in front of flower beds and garden borders. The plant grows from a dwarf height of 6-12 inches and extends to a width of 1 foot. The flower colour varieties varies from blue, white, red or pink. The most common among them are the bluish violet flowers. The flowers are bell shaped with three fan lower lips. They form good ground cover and can be grown on slopes to prevent soil erosion. The trailing varieties are good in containers near the window planted in window boxes or for hanging baskets. Here is an example of trailing lobelia offering captivating combinations grown in cool blue tones in a hanging basket in my garden photo. The mixed combos are regatta sapphire, description below to view. This is planted with sky blue lobelia erinus and white palace but you must admit, one
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English Ivy Climber Care

April 5, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

English Ivy plants growing on walls

English Ivy: All That You Wanted To Know About English Ivy The English Ivy is a very popular plant that many people love to grow indoors as well as shady areas in outdoor gardens. This is an evergreen vine that you will find clinging onto house walls, wild areas, home gardens and also waste spaces. The bionomical name of English Ivy is Hedera Helix where Hedera is the generic name of the Ivy Plant. It belongs to the Araliaceae family. This plant does not need any maintenance and will easily grow on almost any surface. Description of English Ivy The English Ivy climber plant is an evergreen perennial, a climbing plant that grows to about 20 to 30 meters in height if it is able to find suitable places like walls, cliffs, and to climb up tree trunks to spread its roots. These roots will grow along with the stems. The plant can also grow as a groundcover if it does not have or find any vertical support to cling on to. The aerial roots are the thing that allows it to climb anywhere. The leaves of English Ivy are alternate and are about 2 to 4 inches long and
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Impatiens Grow And Care Tips

March 31, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

A ball of impatiens in full bloom

How To Grow Impatiens Plants – Busy Lilies The Shade Lovers If you are looking for some eye-catching colours in your shade gardens, then you need to invest on the Impatiens annuals. These colourful flowers, bloom plentifully to brighten and cheer up the dark and shady gardens all season. They are very easy to grow and they are a type of balsam. These annual flowering plants belong to the Impatiens Genus and belong to the Balsaminaceae family. The Impatiens Walleriana is the most popular among the Impatiens and one of the common names of this plant is busy lilies. I know for a fact that these plants are top draw plants, an excellent option to be grown as bedding plants or as border plants and they can also be grown in containers, you can select regular single varieties or double impatiens for the shaded parts of your garden. Description of Impatiens Most of the varieties of Impatiens are annuals and they will grow fast to produce flowers from early summer until the first frost. This means these plants will flower all round the year. The Impatiens can grow to a height of 2 meters. But, most of them grow less
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Scented Leaf Pelargoniums Care

March 26, 2017 in Flowers and Bulbs by Christine

Scented Pelargoniums have perfumed leaves and tiny flowers

Scented Pelargoniums Grown Mostly For Their Fragrant Foliage Scented Pelargoniums is a genus of flowering plant belonging to the family Geraniaceae. These are not called scented geraniums. You know and I know that Scented Geraniums do not exist! So why call them scented geraniums? They are scented Pelargoniums different from the True Geranium or Cranesbill. Scented Pelargoniums are semi-woody perennials which are native to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Scented Pelargoniums are well known for their aromatic foliage and have less showy flowers when compared to True Garden Pelargoniums, zonal pelargoniums, ivy leaf pelargoniums, regal pelargoniums, fancy leaf pelargoniums or the angel pelargoniums. According to the fragrance, pelargoniums are divided into different groups such as rose fragrant, lemon fragrance, mint, spice, fruit and nut fragrant, oak-leaved, etc. Different varieties with different shapes and texture of leaves and flower colours are also present. They are perfect for your balcony and patio. Uses Of The Plant Apart from being aromatic the plant is edible and is used in the kitchen. The leaves are used to make flavoured tea, baked goods, jellies, jams, puddings, custards, wine, etc. They are also used for aromatherapy. The leaves can retain the fragrance for years and
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