Lantana Plant Care

April 30, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Lantana groundcover plant

Lantana Easy To Grow Groundcover Plants For The Garden Lantana is a perennial flowering plant and was brought into Australia from America and Africa. It is an introduced species in Australia and is seen commonly in the Australian-Pacific region. The plant belongs to the family Verbenaceae and is of the order Lamiales. It is seen both as herbaceous plants as well as shrubs. The Lantana is commonly known as Shrub Verbenas or Lantanas. All types of Lantanas are said to be toxic and the ones with red flowers are considered to be the most toxic. They come out with beautiful assortment of multi-coloured flowers and are a major attraction in any garden landscapes. The Lantana can be grown as border plants, in mixed beds or in pots and containers. The Lantana is an old fashion plant that has been around beautifying gardens for a long time. When choosing Lantanas to grow in your garden choose a variety that is not invasive and sterile eg) Variegated Lantana whistlepipe. There are two species of Lantana displaying a variety of colours, L. montevidensis a trailing Lantana or weeping plant grown in hanging baskets as well. L.camara is much hardier upright shrub variety. Description
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Centaurea Gymnocarpa Cineraria Care

April 6, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Centaurea Gymnocarpa Velvet Centaurea

Centaurea Gymnocarpa Know All About Growing Silver Foliage Plant Centaurea Gymnocarpa or Velvet Centaurea is a flowering plant originated in Italy, that experiences the same hot dry summers and a mediterranean climate as Australia which makes this plant perfect for most Australian gardens. The plant has silvery foliage that is finely divided and has flowers that are a fascinating colour of a jolly fuchsia-pink. The attractive contrasting flowers are thistle-like and are globular. This ornamental perennial plant belongs to the family of sunflowers, the Asteraceae family. Flowers are produced in large masses during spring and summer and attract bees and butterflies. The silver toned and lacy leaves and colourful blooms add colour to any dry garden. The plant is also called as velvet dusty miller due to its silvery grey leaves. Though the plant is almost considered endangered in the wild, dusty miller bush is becoming very popular and seen in a lot of home gardens. The flowers are often preserved and used in dry flower arrangements. This plant can grow to a height of 90-120 cm and spreads 6-8 feet wide. Once established the plant is resistant to terrible heat and drought conditions. The silver foliage colour reflects the heat back
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Yucca Care Cultivation Methods

March 13, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Variegated yucca in bloom

Yucca Flowers How To Plant And Grow A Yucca Plant? Yucca is an attractive looking perennial shrub that is noted for its evergreen sword-shaped leaves and having a bunch of whitish flowers. Yucca belongs to the Asparagaceae family. It is commonly used as ornamental plants. The fruits, flowering stems, seed and flowers of the plant of many species are edible. These shrubs are widely grown as architectural plants and they add a unique and attractive look to the garden landscape. When the plant is in full bloom, you will find a cluster of flowers appearing on a thin or thick stalk depending on the kind you grow. Yuccas can often live later than 100 years. More about Yucca The Yucca plant has over 40 species of perennial trees and shrubs and these plants added, give a unique beauty to any garden. They are mainly grown in gardens for their large rosettes of foliage, that are perfectly complemented by the pale white looking individual flowers, that arrive during late spring early summer season in Australia. The roots of yucca plant can be boiled and used in herbal teas. This plant is also used for craft purposes, also to make dye. The large
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Grow Care of Lavender Plants

February 11, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

shades of lavender

How To Grow Lavender And Its Uses Lavender grown in gardens is a great way to add splashes of colour, fragrance and is useful to fight pests in your vegetable and flower gardens. Lavender comes from the family of plants known as Lavandula Stoechas. The sweet heavenly scent of the plant, its uses and its returns, should be satisfactory enough to coax you, to grow the much-loved plant. This shrubby perennial plant is most photogenic, as its image is seen as an ad regularly photographed in countless gardening magazines to remind us gardeners, how lovely this plant can actually look in parks and gardens. Lavender blooms produce a blanket of colour with their flower colours pink white and shades of lilac purple to lavender blue. The fragrance is used a lot in the perfume industry. Children love to run along and brush the flowers while they are in full bloom, to release the instant strong fragrance. This valuable companion plant can be grown to add an attraction to your garden landscape. It is an ideal choice to be grown as border plants or in pots and containers. The Lavender plant can really improve the look of any rock garden with
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Purple Fountain Grass Care

February 9, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Pennisetum Purple Fountain Grass

Purple Fountain Grass How To Grow Dry Tolerant Pennisetum Species Purple fountain grass Pennisetum species advena Rubrum is one of the most popular types of weeping ornamental grass used by gardeners in Australia. This grassy evergreen plant can make a statement in any garden with its, exceptionally graceful long purple-burgundy foliage together with its wispy feathery purple pink plumes. The plant grows quickly and is a perfectly sterile hybrid that doesn’t set seed pods. The fine texture of the plant will add some additional interest, such as movement to your home landscape, from the plumes and foliage especially on a windy day. The attractive purple fountain grass has a blooming period from spring to summer continuing throughout autumn. By autumn the plant leaves and blooms fade and bleach out eventually turning a fawn colour to near white. The mature plants can reach to a height of 4 feet and can spread to nearby areas. Purple fountain grass can tolerate different climatic conditions and can be grown in areas with high humidity, heat and coastal wind areas. When grouped with other plant varieties they can enhance the texture and colour of your garden. This tender perennial cannot withstand extra cold winters
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Ponytail Palms Indoor Outdoor Care

February 5, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Ponytal palm suckers growing from main stem

Ponytail Palms Information Growing Outdoors And Indoors Ponytail Palms (Beaucarnea recurvata) are slow growing plants. They are not a real tree or real palm, instead this plant belongs to Agave family and is succulent with a bulbous trunk and long narrow leaves, presented like upright ponytails. The slender ponytail leaves cascade from the top of the trunk giving the plant its ponytail name. Its common name the elephant foot tree is known because of its broad trunk base. The care needs of this plant are minimal and are inexpensive to buy which makes it a popular houseplant. The attractive ponytail plant kept indoors, makes the perfect plant for hiding an ugly corner. How To Grow Ponytail Palm Outdoors Ponytail palms grown outdoors are very much achievable and they are surprisingly adaptable to any kind of sunlight. Careful attention is required when watering the plants. Overwatering can damage this succulent stemmed plant. The stored water in the trunk helps the plant to survive in sweltering hot dry conditions. When transplanting ponytail palms choose a well drained site, loosen the soil where you want to, plant and grow the Ponytail plant. Before deciding where to plant it, you must take into account
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Daphne Odora Plant Care

January 8, 2017 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Daphne Odora Shrub

Daphne Odora Plants How To Grow Healthy Daphne’s Daphne Odora or winter Daphne is native to China. It is a popular winter garden plant known for their highly fragrant, star shaped waxy white and pink flowers clusters. Fragrant daphne’s can be challenging shrubs to grow and do need the right growing conditions. They grow well in the cooler regions of Southern Australia. The daphne flowers when, the fruit trees are in full blossom in late winter. The plant has leathery green leaves and grows to a height of one metre round. The bright red berries of the plant are poisonous and some people are sensitive to the plant sap. As the berries taste bitter, they are not grazed by the wildlife birds or animals. The plant grows well either in the ground or in large containers, if the soil that they grow in is acidic and they are well cared for. Care of Daphne Shrubs When planting in the ground, make sure that the plant is having a sheltered location. The plant likes morning sun but needs protection from the intense afternoon sun. They require soil with perfect drainage and they cannot withstand over watering or under watering. If the
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Shrimp Plant Information Details

December 30, 2016 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Shrimp plant growing requirements

Shrimp Plants – How To Grow and Care For A Shrimp Plant Shrimp plants thrive as houseplants and have a long flowering season. They belong to the family Acanthaceae and are evergreen shrub plants with soft stems and grow to a height of 1-2meters. Shrimp plants are available with rusty red pink and lime green bracts both bearing white flowers. The flowers are small and tongue shaped without any fragrance. Each end of the shrimp plants branching stem, is finished with bracts that look like a shrimp. These bright coloured bracts are 4 to 6 Inch spikes of overlapping curved flower heads with soft apple green leaves. The shrimp plant pictured with curved reddish pink colour bracts is botanically called as Justicia brandegeeana. They are commonly called as Mexican shrimp plant as they are native to Mexico. The plants with lime green bracts so called yellow bracts have the botanical name Pachystachys lutea or are commonly called as golden shrimp plant or lollipop plant. This plant is native to central and South America. Shrimp plants are used as landscape plants in tropical and subtropical areas and also as indoor plants. The flowers attract birds, bees and butterflies. The plant produces
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Pussy Willow Care Instructions

December 27, 2016 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Care for pussy willow small tree

Pussy Willow –  Growing And Care of Pussy Willow Small Trees Pussy Willows or Salix discolor is a shrub forming single or multiple trunks and grows to a height of 6-20 feet. This plant is native to North America. The oval shaped leaves are 3-14 cm long and are green on the upper side and greyish white on the underside. The plant produces flowers that are soft and silvery catkins. The flowers are produced during early spring before the new leaves emerge. The fruit is a capsule and bears many seeds. Due to the presence of salicin content, this plant was used by the Native Americans to relieve pain. This is a dioecious plant and male and female flowers are produced on different plants. The Pussy willow trees bear whitish or yellow flowers and the branches can be preserved and used in dried flower arrangements. How to Grow And Care Pussy Willow? Pussy willow tree is easy to grow and care for. This shrub requires full to part sun and constant moisture for proper flowering when planting. So, consider this while you plant them in your garden. It prefers sandy or any other type of soil with moderate amount of
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Oleander Evergreen Shrub

December 23, 2016 in Trees and Shrubs by Christine

Oleander white pink shrub

Oleander Plant Care Instructions – How To Grow Oleander Shrub Oleander is an attractive looking shrub or small tree that can be grown in most gardens. It can grow in any place in Australia. The plant needs proper pruning to make it look a magnificent attraction to the garden. The plant offers dense foliage, but is not woody in nature. It belongs to the Apocynaceae family that is generally believed to be toxic in all parts. This is the only species to be classified under the genus Nerium. It can grow well in warm and sub-tropical regions and the plant is tolerant to poor soils. Right now the Agapanthus, Oleanders and the Jacaranda trees are all out in full bloom. All parts of the Oleander plant are poisonous and dangerous to all living life, due to its toxic nature. Description of Oleander The Oleander plant can grow to a height of 2 to 6 meters. The stems are erect and they will spread outwards as they start growing. The mature stems are greyish brown in colour and the first year stems will have a bluish green or grey bloom. The leaves are normally seen in pairs or in whorls of three.
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