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.
It is a good idea to grow some clove pink (Dianthus caryophyllus) at the front of a container if you have a sunny site and enough room. Single, semidouble, or double flowers in white and shades of pink, rose, red, yellow, and orange; many have rich, spicy fragrance. Clove pink has a greyish-green to blue-green slender leaves and intensely sweetly scented bright pinkish-purple flowers that attracts butterflies. The clove pinks (or Wild Carnation) are most attractive perennial flowers, deliciously scented, especially the old-fashioned varieties, and the flowers of the clove pink D. caryophyllus can be used to make cordials, flavor drinks and decorate soups and salads.
Growing palm trees indoor – Palm trees are being widely used in landscaping these days and are used in almost all climates. The palm trees are known for their natural toughness that comes with their unique structure and several amazing evolutionary characteristics that these plants have developed.
These special features or characteristics are the reason behind the success of these plants across a varied landscapes and climates. It natural survival instincts also make it the most popular candidate for a burgeoning industry- the home landscaping sector.
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.
Plant cuttings are by far the most usual way to raise plants at home. The chance of success depends on the variety – some woody plants are difficult or impossible to propagate without special equipment, whereas several popular plants, such as Tradescantia, Impatiens and Ivy, will root quite readily in a glass of water. Even with easy-to-root cuttings there can be inexplicable failures so always take several plant cuttings and do not be disappointed if a few of them fail.
Leaf cuttings. Some plants do not have stems; the leaves arise directly from the crown of the plant. Obviously stem cuttings are impossible, but leaf cuttings provide an easy way to propagate many of these varieties.