Jasmine Tobacco

Jasmine Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) is a lovely heirloom flower gaining recognition among today’s gardeners. This ornamental tobacco plant is notable for the unusual color of its evening-scented flowers, which make it popular with flower arrangers. It makes an erect bushy plant, 60-75cm/24-30in tall, covered in sticky hairs and with lax group of long-tubed flowers which open out into a star at the end, about 7,5cm/3in long. These are freely borne all summer from early to mid-summer, and are unaffected by most weather.

Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ is a half-hardy perennial which will overwinter, if the weather is mild and flower early. But it is usually grown as an annual.

Continue Reading

Growing Curry Plant

Curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) is a delightful and fragrant herb plant. Curry plant is native to Turkey and thrives on sunny slopes where it attracts beneficial insects to its unusual flowers. Curry plant looks very similar to a lavender in its leaf stage.


Seeds sow in February/March in a greenhouse. The seed usually germinates in 2 – 3 weeks at 20°C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Take stem cuttings in spring or fall.

Continue Reading

Rudbeckia: Beautiful Fall Garden Plant

Rudbeckia: Beautiful Fall Garden Plant – Rudbeckia (Black Eyed Susans, Golden Coneflower) belong in every sunny garden. Coneflowers are easy to grow, sturdy and essential plants for borders in early fall. The petals of the daisy-like flowers droop away from the contrasting centers in an appealing way.

Rudbeckia is an outstanding perennial plant. Rudbeckia is an excellent cut flower and a great choice for mass planting. Rudbeckias are versatile plants that add bright sunny color to perennial beds, mixed borders and containers. They can be used alone in mass plantings, as a border, or along a fence.

Continue Reading

Mikania

Mikania is a quick-growing trailing house plant which is one of the new generation of house plants – it entered the shops in the 1980s. Mikania is colorful; the veins are purple and the leaf surface is distinctly red or purple when the plant is kept in a brightly lit spot.

Growing Mikania can be tricky until you give it the right conditions. Mikania care can be narrowed down to two important ingredients: water and light. Mikania is not really happy house plant in the living room – it needs moist air, but misting can damage the leaves.

Continue Reading

Growing Hydrangeas

Growing Hydrangeas – Hydrangeas are some of the most beautiful flowering plants seen on lawns and in gardens. They are France’s most popular flower. The blooming bush produces absolutely gorgeous colorful bunches of flowers that last throughout the spring, and through most of the earlier summer months. But knowing how to grow and care for hydrangeas is important if you want to maintain a healthy and attractive plant.

The first step to growing your hydrangea plants is being aware of where to plant them. Most shrubs prefer moderate shade, but make sure it gets at least half a day of sunlight.

Continue Reading

Shade Tolerant Plants For Indoors

To grow shade tolerant plants indoors, does not mean that you can just sling them into the darkest corners of your house. A low light indoor plant still needs some light in order to survive. Most shade tolerant plants will adapt well to being grown indoors. For best results, you should always try to emulate their normal growing conditions. So, no direct sunlight. Reflected, or filtered light is best.

What does low-light mean?

Basically, if assistance, as in artificial light, is needed to cross a room – it is too dark for plants to grow. There are no plants that love the dark! Mushrooms, most fungi, bats, but not plants.

 

Continue Reading