Mexican giant hyssop: Agastache mexicana

The genus includes 20 perennial species and belongs to the family of the Labiatae. A. mexicana, Mexican giant hyssop, is a bushy, short-lived perennial with grey-green, fragrant, oval pointed leaves, native to Mexico. It grows up to 90 cm (35 in) high and produces red, pink or white flower spikes 30 cm (12 in) long from mid to late summer. It thrives Read more [...]

10. November 2014 by admin
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Maidenhair fern: Adiantum raddianum

This Adiantum genus, a member of the Adiantaceae family, forms vigorous, arching fronds that grow in dense clumps. In summer this warmth-loving house plant can also be placed outdoors on the balcony or terrace in partial or complete shade. The maidenhair fern grows best in well-drained soil, rich in humus, which should kept moist at all times. During Read more [...]

08. November 2014 by admin
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Slender sweet flag: Acorus gramineus

The Acorus genus, a member of the Araceae family, only has two species of grasslike, evergreen perennials. Because the flower spikes that appear in spring are rather inconspicuous, Acorus is usually planted for its dense, dark green foliage, which is particularly fragrant when dried. Depending on the species, the leaves may be variegated with a yellow Read more [...]

07. November 2014 by admin
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Achillea: Achillea millefolium

This is one of the 85 species of the Achillea genus that is a member of the large Compositae family. It is a herbaceous perennial that is native to Europe and the moderate regions of Asia with narrow, feathery, dark green, aromatic leaves. It produces white, cream or pink-to-red flower heads. Achillea is frost-hardy, robust and spreads easily in the Read more [...]

06. November 2014 by admin
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Perennial Container Plants

Annual and biennial spring and summer-flowering plants are always associated with container plants. However, most of them flower only once and they should only be planted after mid-May because of their sensitivity to frost. In recent years plants used in container have started to include an ever-larger range of frost-hardy woody plants and herbaceous Read more [...]

05. November 2014 by admin
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Arum lily: Zantedeschia aethiopica

This tuberous perennial 100 cm (39 ft) high is native to South Africa. Its creamy-white, funnel-shaped spathes (a petal-like leaf) envelop spikes of tiny flowers borne on long stems that rise above the deep green, arrow-shaped, basal leaves. But there are also varieties with different coloured spathes such as yellow or red. The small, creamy-white flowers Read more [...]

03. November 2014 by admin
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Pansy: Viola x wittrockiana

Who does not know these small, brightly coloured plants that go on flowering for so long? Like most other violas belonging to the Violaceae family, the varieties in this species have large single flowers consisting of five overlapping petals. They come in almost every colour; some are one colour while others are multi-coloured, not forgetting the very Read more [...]

01. November 2014 by admin
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Garden verbena: Verbena

The wild forms of the roughly 200 herbaceous perennials and shrubs of the Verbenaceae genus are native to South America. These mostly fragrant summer flowering plants usually have serrated, wrinkled leaves and brightly-coloured flowers with a white eye. The hybrid varieties 40 cm (16 in) high that are grown as annuals are particularly recommended for Read more [...]

31. October 2014 by admin
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Tulip: Tulipa

The tulips grown today are native to central and western Asia. The genus, which is a member of the Tulipa family, includes about 100 species but the number of varieties is in the thousands. The shorter, botanical tulips look particularly good in window boxes and bowls. The bulbs are planted in October at the latest in light, sandy soil but not as deep Read more [...]

30. October 2014 by admin
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Common nasturtium: Tropaeolum majus

This annual species of the Tropaeolaceae genus is native to Peru and includes upright, scrambling and climbing varieties. The latter are ideal for covering pergolas and walls in a very short time. The funnel-shaped, spurred, bright red, yellow or orange flowers are borne in the leaf-axils of shoots that can reach up to 2 m (6ft 6 in) in length. The Read more [...]

29. October 2014 by admin
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