Impatiens has been extremely popular as a house plant for generations. cuttings root very easily and the plants will, with proper care, bloom almost all year round. This non-stop blooming habit is the reason for its common name – Busy Lizzie.
There are three basic groups of impatiens. Until recently only the traditional types were grown – spreading, succulent stems bearing white, red or pink flowers amongst the leaves. In recent years breeders and plant hunters have been responsible for hundreds of new varieties. One of the new groups is the F1 Hybrid, a range of small and compact plants with a mass of blooms which partly or almost entirely cover the leaves.
Thunbergia is one of the best pot plants for covering a large area quickly and for providing summer color. A few seeds sown in early spring will produce enough plants to clothe a screen or trellis with twining stems several feet long.
When grown as a climber some form of support is essential – it can also be grown as a trailing plant in a hanging basket. Pinch out tips of young plants. Available colors of flowers are orange, yellow, apricot, red, and white. Remove faded flowers before they produce seed.
Spring is the favorite season of many people. It is a time of rebirth, renewal, and rejuvenation. One of the greatest joys of spring is the beautiful assortment of flowers. You can get this joy at home by planting spring flower bulbs. These are bulbs that bloom in early spring while other plants are still developing.
There are many spring flowering bulbs, but some of the most popular are crocus, tulip, narcissus, and hyacinthus. These bulbs should be planted before the ground freezes, preferably in late September or early October. This enables them to develop a strong root system before the first frost.
Hemigraphis (Red Ivy), a climbing plant, is popular in the United States for hanging baskets but a rarity in Britain. Red Ivy has colored leaves – silvery in the shade, metallic purple when exposed to a few hours’ sunshine. Its satiny leaves are slender and lance-shaped with toothed, scalloped, or lobed margins. Hemigraphis is not an easy plant to grow, but it is not quite as difficult as indicated by some textbooks. It needs winter warmth, moist air, and pruning when stems become straggly.
Hemigraphis is an excellent garden plant. Its white flowers grow intermittently throughout the year.
Jasmine is an amazing plant which has many purposes in our life. It is used by perfumers to make jasmine oil. You can also enjoy its medical usage, but also see it as a decoration – dried or fresh. Well, I should not forget that you can dry the leaves and use add them to your tea. With so many benefits, you can’t skip this great plant.
If you want to plant jasmine successfully, your first job is to wait for the appropriate time. This will be between June and November. You can also do a quick research and see when is the best time for you to plant it. Regarding your climate zone, you will be able to pick the best jasmine specie. Make sure to consult with a local gardening specialist, if you are not sure how to find such information.
Sarcococca (Christmas box or sweet box) is excellent plant for the winter garden and has small but highly scented flowers among the shiny evergreen leaves. Use it with snowdrops, Arum italicum subsp. italicum ‘Marmoratun’ and early hellebores. they make excellent ground cover under deciduous trees, and flowering stems can be cut for use in winter flower arrangements. Sarcococca looks great when trimmed into a ball shape, and grows well in a shady position.
Sarcococca confusa is a low-growing shrub with glossy, dark green leaves. In winter it produces clusters of fragrant white flowers, and these are followed by glossy black fruits.