Venidium Plant

Venidium plant (Monarch of the Veldt, Cape Daisy) is in the aster family and it certainly deserves to be better known. The sunflower-like blooms are 4 in across and they are quite distinctive – at the base of each inner petal is a purple-black blotch, providing a rayed effect around the rim of the prominent black disc. The blooms on their long stems make excellent cut flowers. Mix Cape Daisy flowers into the border or plant around the vegetable garden, as they are very attractive to beneficial insects and pollinators. Continue Reading

5 Tips to caring for plants in Northern California

Plants are a great addition to any household. They improve your environment, whether indoor or outdoor, and are generally beneficial for your health. They absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen giving you a literal breath of fresh air. Certain species of plants have also been found to have air purifying properties. Garden mums, spider plants, and snake plants are just some of those capable of removing air pollutants such as ammonia, benzene, and formaldehyde. Continue Reading

Leopard’s Bane: Planting And Care

Leopard’s Bane: Planting And Care – If you want to fill a patch of your bed or border with large and yellow daisy-like flowers, Leopard’s bane (the genus Doronicum of family Asteraceae, also known as aconite, monkshood, or Devil’s helmet) is the one to select when you also want earliness — in many herbaceous borders it is this plant which provides the first splash of bright color amongst the herbaceous perennials. Continue Reading

3 Things You Should Know About Knotweed

Introduced in Europe by a botanist by the name of Philipp Von Siebold who first discovered it at a volcano site in the Far East at the start of the 19th century, Japanese Knotweed is one of the most destructive plants of all time with the potential to cause real damage to your home. It’s a plant you wouldn’t wish to see anywhere near your property.

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Create A Tulip Garden

Create A Tulip Garden – Tulips are one of the first flowers to take the spring stage. As the last drifts of snow seep into the soil, these bright signs of spring dance in the sunlight. However, you don’t have to wait for spring to grow tulips. Whether it lies in a bed, under a shrub, in the crevices of a rock garden or in a container, a tulip bulb is an underground flower factory just waiting to “spring up” from whatever soil it occupies. Continue Reading

Solomon’s Seal: Planting And Care

Solomon’s Seal: Planting And Care – Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum) is a shade-loving plant which will thrive in the shadow of trees and shrubs in a mixed border or in the semi-wild garden. The oval leaves clasp the arching stems, providing a graceful and decorative effect even before the bell-like flowers appear in early summer. The green-tipped white blooms are about 1 in. long – small pendent clusters lining the upper part of the stems. The flowering stems are popular with flower arrangers for indoor decoration. Continue Reading