Succulent plants are slightly different from typical herbaceous perennial plants because succulents are plants that have adapted to environments in which water is unavailable for long periods of time. As a result of this, much of their uniqueness is related to their relationship with water. Succulent plants are very efficient when it comes to collecting and conserving water. They are also more subject to problems when exposed to too much water. Water management is one of the biggest defining factors in keeping succulents healthy.
Here is the general care knowledge you need to keep your succulents happy, from water to soil to sun exposure.
Crinum is a half hardy bulb that is often grown as an annual plant. Common names for members Crinum include Cape lily, bengal Lily, Crinum Lily, spider Lily and swamp lily.
Everything about Crinum is extraordinarily large – the 6 inches bulb, the 3 ft tall flower-stalk and the magnificent 7 inches long trumpets in late summer. Crinums produce fragrant flowers that gently nod atop 3- to 5-foot stalks and come in a range of whites and pinks, depending on the species and variety. Crinums have an incredibly sweet scent and a long blooming period. When in bloom feel free to cut flowers for dazzling scented bouquets. This will not hurt the plants.
A weed is a plant growing in the wrong place, and in the lawn that means any plant which is not a variety of grass recommended for turf production. It is not unusual to see a newly-sown lawn infested with a wide variety of common weeds.
When the lawn is established, however, the introduction of regular mowing brings about a spectacular change in the weed population. Most types cannot stand up to the destructive action of the whirling blades and so they steadily disappear. Many of the hard-to-kill nuisances of the flower border, such as couch grass, ground elder, bindweed and nettle are unable to exist in the cared-for lawn.
Marigolds – The most common types of marigold are the wild marsh marigold, the tall African marigold, and the robust French marigold. African and French cultivars frequently are hybrid to sustain longer bloom and soften their pungent aroma. The resulting plant is called a triploid marigold, which is commonly called the mule marigold because of its poor ability to produce seeds.
Latin name for the common or marsh marigold is Calendula officinalis, christened as such because ancient Romans noticed that it bloomed on the first, or calends, of every month. Common but colorful, inexpensive and easy to germinate and grow, there are varieties available in a wide range of heights, hues and flower forms.
A spring annuals are plants that complete their life cycle within one growing season: the seed germinate, grow, flower, set seed and die all within the space of a year. The seed is dormant until the return of conditions favorable to germination, usually the next spring. Biennials are similar, but take two years to complete their life cycle, usually flowering in the second year.
Spring annuals are unrivalled for bringing color into the garden throughout the warmer months. They bring any border to life within a matter of weeks, and give new gardens instant style and impact.
Impatiens has been extremely popular as a house plant for generations. cuttings root very easily and the plants will, with proper care, bloom almost all year round. This non-stop blooming habit is the reason for its common name – Busy Lizzie.
There are three basic groups of impatiens. Until recently only the traditional types were grown – spreading, succulent stems bearing white, red or pink flowers amongst the leaves. In recent years breeders and plant hunters have been responsible for hundreds of new varieties. One of the new groups is the F1 Hybrid, a range of small and compact plants with a mass of blooms which partly or almost entirely cover the leaves.