Basil: The King Of Herbs

One of the most popular herbs is Ocimum basilicum commonly called sweet basil. Often called the ‘king of herbs,’ basil can be grown indoors or outdoors. It originated in Asia, but now has become heavily used around the world. It is cultivated in more than 12 different varieties, some of which include Lemon Basil, Cinnamon Basil and Royal Basil. One of the most popular varieties of the basil herb is commonly referred to as Sweet Basil, because of its sweet aroma which derives from the essential oils founds in its leaves and stem. Sweet basil has inch-long, oval-pointed, dark green leaves and a clove-pepperish odour and taste. Sweet basil makes a handsome, bushy small plant, growing to a foot or more indoors. A purple-leafed variety, ‘Dark Opal’ is decorative, makes a lovely houseplant, and is equally useful in cookery. Do not let basil bloom, or it will go to seed. Instead, pinch out the plant tops and they will grow into compact little bushes.

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Wild Plum Tree (Prunus Americana)

Wild plum trees are small, multi-trunked trees. The wild plum, or Prunus Americana, is known as the American plum and is indigenous to North America. These deciduous trees grow wild in the central and eastern portions of the United States. They can grow to a maximum height and width of 20 feet, and often appear more like a shrub. The branches of the tree are thin and covered with long thorns that grow up to 3 inches. Wild plum trees bloom in the spring with a profusion of small, white flowers, making them highly desirable for home gardeners who want a showy spring ornamental. The leaves are between 1 and 2 inches long and are a true green color. In the fall, the foliage of the wild plum tree changes from green to gold.

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Indoor Growing Plants

If you have limited space outdoors to grow a selection of plants then you can consider indoor growing. Indoor growing enables you to grow a variety of plants, including fruit, vegetables and herbs. Growing your plants in containers or plastic bags will enable you to move them indoors so that you can extend the growing season.

With the right amount of time and care, indoor growing plants can be rewarding, particularly if you opt for a variety of interesting plants. Desert type plants such as cacti or tropical plants are ideal for indoor growing, as they will thrive in the warmth of your home. Tropical plants are ideal for those wishing to opt for something that will brighten up their home.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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