Plants

Magnolias

Magnolias

Magnolias – Sumptuous and stately, magnolias are among the most handsome of garden trees, as well as being among the hardiest. Magnolia trees are native to East Asia and the Himalayas, eastern North America and Central America. Magnolias grow 40 to 80 feet tall with a spread of 30 to 40 feet. Depending upon the species, magnolias may be evergreen, semi-evergreen or deciduous.

Drawbacks of some of the species are their enormous size, slowness of growth and reluctance to flower until some 20 or more years after planting. Fortunately, most of the modern selections are free from these vices. The deciduous spring-flowerers make excellent features.

How To Grow Espalier Tomatoes?

How To Grow Espalier Tomatoes?

How To Grow Espalier Tomatoes? – There are several reasons why growing espalier tomatoes in courtyards or on patios is desirable and primarily because they can be grown by taking up only a small amount of space that is available. Another benefit of growing this way is that by spreading the branches out the fruit receives maximum sunlight. The warmth from the wall also speeds up the ripening time of the fruit.


The espalier system also makes tending the tomato plant easier as all the branches are accessible and therefore control of pests and diseases is easier. As the branches are spread out and the leaves get a better chance to dry, there is less chance of blight and other diseases taking a hold on the plant.

Growing Hops In The Garden

Growing Hops In The Garden

Growing Hops In The Garden – The hop is a hardy, perennial plant that is easily grown at home. The hop (humulus lupulus) is a good plant to grow in a container provided that a wall can offer it some support. A vigorous perennial climber, it will cover a trellis in summer or grow over a pergola. The leaves are most attractive and the variety ‘Aureus’ with its golden leaves is the one most commonly grown.

It is best to buy female plants rather than attempt to grow hops from seed as technically they are dioecious which means that the male and female plants are separate.

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem Artichoke

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus), also known as sunchoke in the US, is often used for pickling purposes. They’re tasty, available all winter, exceptionally easy to grow, completely undemanding, very low-maintenance and ideal for gardening beginners. This large plant is a perennial sunflower native to North America. The fresh tuber tastes like a water chestnut and is used in salads. Tubers can also be cooked like potatoes.

While they do have pretty yellow flowers, they are grown for their edible roots, which are high in inulin.The edible tuber is highly nutritious and, unlike potatoes, contains no starch, but rather carbohydrate in a form that is metabolized into natural sugar.

Grow And Care Glory Bower

Grow And Care Glory Bower

Grow And Care Glory Bower – The Glory Bower (Clerodendrum) is originally from Africa and usually regarded as a greenhouse plant, its climbing stems reaching 8 ft or more. Glory Bower is adorned with rich crimson flowers peeking from white, balloon-like calyxes. Flowering heaviest in the spring, its deep, forest-green leaves are a welcome sight after a long dormant winter. Most are subtropical evergreens from the family verbenaceae. Some are vining, others are large shrubs or small trees.

By pruning in winter, however, it can be trained as a bush or hanging basket plant. The flowers appear in summer among the heart-shaped leaves. In summer it requires high air humidity, good light and warmth; in winter it must be given a rest with infrequent watering and cool conditions.

Spring Plants In The Window Boxes And Pots

Spring Plants In The Window Boxes And Pots

Spring Plants In The Window Boxes And Pots – You cannot beat a bright show of colors right outside your window. Unlike hanging baskets, which usually look better with an array of plants, window boxes can be elegant and stylish with just one kind of plant. That can be a row of hyacinths, so that their scent can waft indoors on warm days when the window is open, or the smaller, elegant narcissi like N. cyclamineus ‘Jack Snipe’, with white petals and a yellow center.

The effect can be enormously improved by placing shapely pebbles and stones on the soil surface. You can even go one better by painting the window box a contrasting color, for example rich blue or slate grey, or for something slightly livelier try dark red with thin yellow, curving wispy lines.