Plants

Outdoor Plants: Pelargonium (Geranium)

Outdoor Plants: Pelargonium (Geranium)

It is not surprising that the Pelargoniums are one of the world’s favourite garden plants. They are easy to grow and propagate, they have a long flowering period and clusters of blooms are large and colorful. These are the plants popularly known as Flowering Geraniums. There is also a much smaller group which are grown for their aromatic foliage rather than for their small flowers – the Scented-leaved Geraniums.

By far the most popular flowering type is the Common Pelargonium. It will bloom almost all year round if kept on a sunny windowsill at 55*F or more. Keep the compost rather dry – overwatering is the main enemy of Pelargoniums. The Regal Pelargonium is the glamorous member of the group. Unfortunately it has a shorter flowering season and it is not as easy to grow.

Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis)

Purple Shamrock (Oxalis triangularis)

Whether you grow shamrock plants indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in frost-free zones, oxalis triangularis is simple to grow and care for if you use correct proportions of water and sunlight. Oxalis triangularis is a deciduous ground cover with small flowers and clover-like leaves. Its triangular-shaped leaves fold along the vein and look like butterflies fluttering above slender stems. All Oxalis leaves are light sensitive, opening to receive sunlight and closing at night or when under shade – sometimes looking like many perched butterflies.


Oxalis triangularis comes in two varieties: green leaves with white flowers, often referred to as Oxalis Regnellii, and purple leaves with white or pink flowers, commonly called Purple Shamrock. Their bright foliage can bring color to otherwise drab winter windowsills when grown in pots indoors.

A Guide To Houseplants

A Guide To Houseplants

Finding safe houseplants that can allow you to bring in beautiful plants that clean the air inside your home, without the hassle of constantly trying to keep your plants alive. There are a wide selection of plants that are naturally hardy enough to survive without constant care. With the right plants, you can easily improve indoor air quality and create a space that is green, healthy, and vibrant.

Your Home Environment

When choosing safe houseplants, you will definitely want to consider your home environment. Areas with more natural sunlight can often house a wider selection of houseplants than darker areas, for instance. Low maintenance plants are those that need watered less frequently, such as the peace lily. The plant will let you know it is running low on water by displaying slightly wilted leaves, giving you some time to provide water before the plant actually dies.

Trees Could Improve Your Back Garden

Trees Could Improve Your Back Garden

Have you a back garden that you ignore for all but two of the sunnier afternoons of the year, only to venture out to sit amongst out of control bushes and overgrown weeds? If so, this article is just for you as you learn the benefits of looking after your back garden.

Trimming. Trees in the back garden need to be trimmed back in order for them to continue to grow and to be healthy. Even if you don’t want your tree to be larger, if it has dead branches still attached to it then the disease that killed those branches can easily spread through the rest of the tree can actually kill the tree and before long you don’t just have an overgrown tree in your garden, you have a dead tree, which is not only an eyesore but also extremely creepy to look out your living room windows at: not to be recommended. (Also read: The Regular Tree Maintaining)

Clematis – Proper Pruning Guide

Clematis – Proper Pruning Guide

Clematis are one of the most beautiful, versatile and, subsequently, popular additions to the British garden. Due to their ability to grow vertically on walls and trellis, in containers, or horizontally entwining with other plants and shrubs, it is no surprise that, once you have this cultivar established, you should want to maintain and ensure its growth for years to come. Growing Clematis in the garden is fairly easy. But pruning Clematis tends to instill fear in the stoutest of gardeners. This fear is unwarranted, since pruning clematis simply breaks down to a question of when your Clematis blooms.

We prune Clematis vines to encourage new growth, which results in more flowers. No matter which pruning category your clematis plants fall into, flowering will diminish on all clematis vines without pruning. Left unpruned the new growth is confined to the tops or ends of the vines and that is where your flowers will be.

Primula

Primula

The Primula group contains some of the best of all winter- and spring-flowering pot plants. The plants bear large numbers of flowers, clustered in the centre of the leaf rosette (the stalkless varieties) or on long, erect flower stems (the stalked varieties).

The Primrose and Polyanthus which grow in the garden make pretty pot plants – the blooms are large and colorful and after flowering they can be planted in the garden. It is usually the tender species which are grown indoors. The flowers are smaller and are borne on stalks. The Fairy Primrose is the daintiest, the Chinese Primrose has frilly leaves and flowers, and the Poison Primerose is the one not to touch if you have sensitive skin.