You will find stunning array of shapes, sizes and colors of this lovely family of plants. Orchids grow wild all over the world except in the coldest climates. Some orchids are epiphytal and will grow on trees and rocks needing no soil. The type terrestrial even grows in the ground like the Lady Slipper orchids. You can grow orchids almost everywhere. Read the rest of this entry
You must be aware of the winter jasmine(Jasminum nudiflorum) with its typical lovely yellow blooms appear long before the plant’s leaves. The scented Daphne mezereum, whose sweet, fragrant flowers seem to thrive in February’s bitter frosts, is also a great option worth trying this winter season in your garden.
For ground cover, consider winter-flowering heathers and hellebores, bulbs like Cyclamen coum, snowdrops, winter aconites, dwarf daffodils and the white wood anemones. Read the rest of this entry
Snowdrops represent purity and a clean beginning to the new year. Snowdrops planted en masse are an unforgettable winter-to-early spring sight.
The common snowdrop grows only to 6 inches, a “short” introduction to the upcoming bulb season. Its strappy, blue-green leaves cluster around a flower stalk that can produce a slightly scented winter wonder, lasting for weeks.
Snowdrops represent a genus of 19 or more small bulbs. Native to Europe and western Asia, their botanical genus name, Galanthus, comes from the Greek for ‘milkflower‘. Nivalis is Latin for ‘of the snow’.
The “milkflower of the snow” does indeed look like three large drops of milk hanging from a stem. Common names such as Candlemas, February fairmaids and dingle dangle are informative as well as entertaining.
Galanthus nivalis will naturalize in lightly shaded woods and lawns without becoming invasive. By the time the lawn requires mowing, its flowers have been long gone and their leaves withered away. For those who try to co-exist with deer, snowdrops are not on their main menu so a forest-like setting carpeted by snowdrops is ideal. Read the rest of this entry
Poinsettias are tropical plants, and aren’t at all cold-hardy, but can survive quite well year-round outdoors.
Select a good spot where the plant will get plenty of morning sun, but has light or partial shade in the hot afternoon.
With poinsettias, you must balance its needs between water and sun. They like soil that is somewhat cool and evenly moist, so the partial shade is best. However, it’s not a wetland plant, so don’t pick a spot where water will stand or puddle. The soil should be well-drained and rich. Read the rest of this entry
Recently Physocarpus ‘Little Devil’ has been crowned with the Garden Retail Award 2011 for Best New Plant. It’s a relative of the larger purple leaved P. o. ‘Diabolo’ and has gained immense popularity across the globe in recent past.
Little Devil and Diabolo are generally differentiated on the basis of their names also and their peculiar characteristics, as the name suggests, this new cultivar is a dwarf shrub, reaching only 120cm (4’) in a 10 year period and giving superb deep purple foliage during spring and summer.
Its clusters of pink, opening to white flowers in June are particularly attractive to butterflies and other insects, making it an excellent option for those practising wildlife friendly gardening.
It has no regular pruning requirements, is apparently hardy down to -30° C and, apart from shallow, chalky soils, will cope with most other garden soils.
For gardeners that have limited space, this new ornamental deciduous shrub will surely be a winner in 2012.
Besides various shades of purple, new arrivals include yellow, cherry, orange and pink. Some have double flowers, with extra petals. They’re only the latest entries in a long string of new coneflower introductions in an astounding assortment of styles and colors.
Gardeners count on coneflowers for a long season of bright, colorful, daisy flowers. They are adaptable and easy to grow. They also make great cut flowers. Coneflowers attract butterflies, and many birds relish their seeds. Read the rest of this entry
For chrysanthemums as well as many other plants and shrubs, cutting off the top of a stem encourages the plant to grow two stems in its place, which will in turn create more flowers. A plant’s main goal in life is to reproduce. Sure, we find the flowers pretty, but to a plant, flowers are only a means to an end: to create seeds to reproduce.
Removing the chrysanthemums’s buds doesn’t prevent it from flowering; it encourages it to produce more buds! Just be sure to prune your chrysanthemums this week so there’s enough warm weather left for the new buds to form by fall. If your chrysanthemums already has buds, it will make it easier for you to see where to cut. You do not need to cut off each individual flower. Instead, you cut off the base from which each set of flowers forms. Read the rest of this entry