Category Archives: Flower Varieties

Arachnis Orchids


Next to the Rose, orchids are one of my favourite plants. The sheer variety and uniqueness of each species is just amazing! Like this one; Arachnis, commonly called spider orchid or scorpion orchid, even though it’s resemblance to a spider … Continue reading

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The Lipstick Tree ( Bixa orellana)


Originating from Tropical America the Lipstick tree, as it’s commonly called, is prized for it’s pretty blooms and interesting seed pods. Bixa is a small, ornamental shrub or tree with a round head. The seeds of the flower have a … Continue reading

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No I am not a sunflower!


I’m sure if a Venidium could speak it would say “No I am not a sunflower!”. Also called Cape Daisy, this is not the easiest plant to find but definitely worth the trouble! You’ll have to search the seed catalogues … Continue reading

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Cleome – The Spider Flower


This pretty annual is called the spider flower or spider plant because of its long stamens that resemble spider legs. If you like unusual or exotic plants, this beauty is a must for your garden! But do be careful, if … Continue reading

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Ceropegia haygarthii – A most unusual bloom…


From the plant family Apocynaceae, this unusual flower was first documented by Carl Linnaeus in 1753, who felt that the flowers look like a fountain of wax. Thus the scientific name was born… keros, meaning wax and pege meaning fountain. … Continue reading

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Plant Profile: Tuberose


Tuberose (Polianthes) is one of the most pleasing, fragrant plants you can have in your garden. Because of the enticing aroma this plant is perfect for planting near your door, patio area or anywhere where people congregate in your garden. … Continue reading

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New Flower Varieties for 2014


It’s a new year & that means new flower varieties! Here are my top picks for this year… harrisseeds.com provenwinners.com ngb.org thompson-morgan.com These are my personal favourites, what are yours? Let me know in the comments!  

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Plant Profile: Lavatera


Commonly called Mallow or Tree Mallow, Lavatera is a popular garden perennial. It grows quickly and flowers abundantly, it is also a great cut flower as it’s long lasting (6-8 days vase life) and the buds continue to develop even … Continue reading

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Plant Profile: Hepatica


Hepatica also known as Liverwort or Johnny Jump ups, is a delicate pretty wildflower native to Europe, Asia and North America. A relative of the buttercup, hepatica is a petite yet showy, pretty flower that will grow in many conditions … Continue reading

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Dictamnus – The Real Burning Bush


When you use the common name “Burning Bush” most people assume you are talking about Kochia, a popular annual that is grown for its foliage which turns red in Autumn. But they’d be wrong! The true Burning Bush is actually … Continue reading

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