Kew Gardens, World of Plants and History of Kew

PAST AND PRESENT Originally an eighteenth-century royal estate, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, now contain one of the largest collections of living plants anywhere in the world, with flora from habitats as diverse as tropical forests, deserts and coral reefs. Kew means different things to different people. To most of the one million-plus visitors Read more [...]

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Year Round Greenhouse Gardening Reminders

Greenhouse Gardening Reminders for January January is the month when there is possibly more space in the greenhouse than at any other time of year and the opportunity should be taken to thoroughly wash down the house, both inside and out. This includes cleaning the gravel on the staging, cleaning the heating pipes and treating them with sump oil, and Read more [...]

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Goldband carex: Carex morrowii

The evergreen goldband carex is native to Japan where it grows in moist soils and humid marshland. Its narrow, pointed, mid-green leaves form a loose clump. In spring it bears rather inconspicuous, yellowish flowers. ‘Variegata’, which has dark green, white rimmed leaves, and ‘Variegata Aurea’, which has yellow stripes and only grows 25 cm (10 Read more [...]

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Fescue: Festuca

This genus belongs to the Poaceae family and includes some 300-400 species of clump-forming, perennial grasses with linear, evergreen leaves and tiny, flat panicles of spikelets, produced throughout summer. A few species have become quite popular as ornamental grasses because they tolerate periods of drought and severe frost without suffering any damage. Read more [...]

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Lesser calamint: Calamintha nepeta ssp. Glandulosa

This very aromatic, hardy herbaceous perennial belongs to the family of the Labiatae and grows in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. It spreads by means of creeping rhizomes. The leaves of some of the species are used for medicinal purposes and as herb tea. The lesser calamint is an aromatic, bushy plant with an erect habit and oval, Read more [...]

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Snow-in-summer: Cerastium tomentosum

The Cerastium genus, a member of the Caryophyllaceae, can be found in almost all temperate regions of the northern hemisphere as far as the Arctic. C. tomentosum is native to the mountains of southern and eastern Europe and is a vigorous, spreading, mat-forming ground-cover plant with narrow, silvery green leaves. In late spring and summer it bears Read more [...]

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Red valerian: Centranthus ruber

This genus that belongs to the Valerianaceae family is native to the Mediterranean. Red valerian is particularly popular as an ornamental plant because of its long-lived flowers that are produced in large numbers. This herbaceous perennial forms clumps 40-100 cm (16-39 in) high. The blue-green leaves are slightly fleshy. It bears dense clusters of small, Read more [...]

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Gentian: Gentiana

The Gentiana genus, a member of the Gentianaceae family, is common in all the temperate regions, mostly in mountain and forest areas. The large, trumpet- or bell-shaped flowers are usually bright blue but they also come in white and red. They are produced from spring until autumn, depending on the species and variety. The lime-hating, stem-less species Read more [...]

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Blanket flower: Gaillardia pulchella

The 30 species in the Caillardia genus, which belongs to the Compositae family, are mostly native to the Central and North America. They can be found throughout the northern hemisphere where they flower throughout summer until the first frosts in autumn. The flowers are reminiscent of sunflowers but are much more colourful. The flower heads with yellow-tipped Read more [...]

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Baby’s breath: Gypsophila

The Gypsophyla genus is a member of the Caryophyllaceae family and has over 100 species that can be found throughout Europe, Asia and North Africa. It is often used by florists in flower arrangements for its elegant white or pink flowers. G. paniculate is usually grown as an annual herbaceous perennial that in spring produces beautiful sprays of tiny Read more [...]

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