When I think of the tropics, two plants come to mind:
Hibiscus, which appears on those loud shirts tourists often
wear when in Hawaii, and Strelitzia, commonly known as
the bird of paradise.
Mountains are wild places. Extremes of heat and cold combine
with a variety of physical conditions such as wet bogs,
vertical cliff faces, boulders and dry unstable gravel
As gardeners we are used to the weather throwing everything
As some plants prepare for winter chill by heading
underground or dropping their leaves, many conifers don a
more intensely coloured winter coat.
Sciadopitys verticillata is a unique conifer. It is
the only species of its genus and the single member of the
plant family Sciadopityaceae.
Next time you are negotiating the gardens corner by the
botanic garden, come over to the quiet side of the fence and
explore the ''winter and spring flowering theme''.
Does your favourite tree or shrub sport foliage that is
unlike the rest of the plant?
Spring-flowering plants can occasionally throw out a few
blooms in autumn, and one that does it quite regularly is
We have had some wet weather over the past few weeks, which
beach lovers hate but gardeners have been praying for since
If you ask most gardeners if their garden is finished, the
answer will often come back as ''No''.
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