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Bougainvillea hybrids
Viewed 3520 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Bougainvillea hybrids A well-known group of plants from South America that are seldom seen in flower arrangements. Even so, the dusty pink ‘Natalia', white-bracted ‘Jennifer Fernie' and the lovely new ‘Ada's Joy'... Read More
Clerodendrum nutans
Viewed 1765 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Clerodendrum nutans (Nodding clerodendrum) There is no need to mourn the end of summer when splendid autumn flowerers like Clerodendrum nutans fill the gap with their distinctive beauty. This 2,5m shrub or semi-climber, originally from the... Read More
Coloured leaves from the tropics
Viewed 693 times since Mon, Aug 4, 2014
Coloured leaves from the tropics by Gerald Schofield In the tropical climates around the globe, leaves are often as bright and colourful as the flowers The hot, humid weather conditions of the tropics have resulted in myriads of plants... Read More
Franjipanis
Viewed 2783 times since Thu, May 17, 2012
Franjipanis Plumeria rubra, one of the seven or eight species of Plumeria that are found in the wild and that go under the common name of 'frangipani', occurs naturally in Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Venezuela. For centuries it... Read More
Heliconia hybrids
Viewed 1189 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Heliconia hybrids   (Lobster's claw) A stunning group of plants from the tropical regions of Central and South America as well as certain Pacific Islands. Related to the banana and Strelitzia family they have sturdy stems bearing... Read More
Mandevilla x amoena ‘Alice du Pont’
Viewed 4734 times since Mon, Mar 12, 2012
Mandevilla x amoena ‘Alice du Pont' Previously Dipladenia splendens, this climber is a woody-stemmed, twining creeper with large, leathery, leaves with a wrinkled or ruffled surface. It is of garden or hybrid origin, bred from species... Read More
Myrciaria cauliflora 2
Viewed 6533 times since Fri, Sep 27, 2013
Myrciaria cauliflora MYRCIARIA cauliflora (Jaboticaba) is both attractive as a garden ornamental and productive, bearing an abundance of delicious fruit during November. This evergreen tree is a native of Brazil, but has been grown in... Read More
Pelargonium tongaense
Viewed 3036 times since Tue, Oct 29, 2013
Pure Delight The Tonga Pelargonium Pelargonium tongaense – the Tonga pelargonium – is truly one of my favourite plants for a garden. It is extraordinarily useful in that it is the only pelargonium I know that thrives here in the mist belt of... Read More
Philodendron ‘Rojo Congo’
Viewed 12508 times since Fri, May 31, 2013
Philodendron 'Rojo Congo'   Philodendron ‘Rojo Congo' is a large plant with thick, shiny, smooth-edged leaves. Its new foliage is brown to coppery red, maturing to dark green with a reddish blush, but the fleshy leaf stems... Read More
Repotting orchids
Viewed 4758 times since Tue, Sep 4, 2012
Repotting orchids Spring is the best time to re-pot orchids because the warmer weather and longer days will initiate new growth. First things first though, let's decide which orchids benefit from re-potting at this time of year because, just... Read More