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Helianthemum

Helianthemum

The helianthemum (also known as Rock rose) is a vastly popular alpine sub-shrub, of which there are many named cultivars. They grow to about 15-30cm/6-l2in high, with a spread of 30-60cm/12-24in. Helianthemum ‘Jubilee’ has a mass of double pale yellow flowers, about 2.5cm/1 in across, held in terminal clusters, in early and midsummer. The leaves are small, elliptical in shape, dark green above and grey-green below.

Cultivation and propagation

Plant helianthemum in early fall or early spring in any well drained soil and in full sun. You will get a second flush of flowers if the plants are trimmed over in midsummer.

Types Of Garden Rose

Types Of Garden Rose

Types Of Garden Rose – The many thousands of garden rose species and cultivars available all fall within one of the categories below.

Old garden roses


1. Gallica: Probably the oldest rose type. Usually forms small shrubs around 1.2 m (4 ft) high with strong, upright growth and many small bristly thorns. Flowers range from deep pink to purple and have a faint fragrance.

The Winter Cherry

The Winter Cherry

The Winter Cherry plants (Solanum) bear tiny flowers in summer and these are followed in fall by green berries which change color as winter approaches. The Winter Cherry is a familiar sight at Christmas. The orange or red berries among the dark green leaves provide a festive touch, and if this small shrubby plant is placed on a sunny windowsill in a cool room then the berries will last for months. A closely related species, Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) bears larger berries.

A word of warning: these fruits can be poisonous!

Find A Place For Your Topiary

Find A Place For Your Topiary

Find A Place For Your Topiary – During the fall season the key architectural ingredients start to grab the eye. And some of the best are topiarized shapes that range from traditional birds, urns and simple geometric shapes, to clouds, animals, chairs, and even cars.

The best way to decide where to place your topiary is to walk round the garden on a late fall afternoon when it is looking quite bare, and decide where it really needs livening up.

The Ideal Flowers For Thanksgiving Day

The Ideal Flowers For Thanksgiving Day

The Ideal Flowers For Thanksgiving Day – Each year, we celebrate the glorious bounty of the fall harvest with our family and friends. In the US, Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Thanksgiving Day feast would be incomplete without a beautiful, fresh bouquet of flowers or a floral Thanksgiving table centerpiece – the combination of deep reds, oranges and yellows can be found in traditional Thanksgiving flowers. Thanksgiving flower baskets, with rich fall colors of yellow, rust, purple and orange really capture the essence of this colorful season.

The ideal flowers for Thanksgiving Day are chrysanthemums, gerberas, carnations, sunflowers, solidago, lilies, marigolds and poms. Gift individual flower bunches or an assortment of all, the choice is yours.

 

Jasmine Tobacco

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.