Plant Life

Instant tropical feel from 'Strelitzia'

Instant tropical feel from 'Strelitzia'

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.

Extreme plants on show within your easy reach

Extreme plants on show within your easy reach

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 slopes.

Battling the elements

Battling the elements

As gardeners we are used to the weather throwing everything at us.

Conifers don intensely coloured coat for winter

Conifers don intensely coloured coat for winter

As some plants prepare for winter chill by heading underground or dropping their leaves, many conifers don a more intensely coloured winter coat.

Living fossil tree a unique conifer

Living fossil tree a unique conifer

Sciadopitys verticillata is a unique conifer. It is the only species of its genus and the single member of the plant family Sciadopityaceae.

Flowers provide inspiration in winter

Flowers provide inspiration in winter

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''.

Mistletoe not all bad

Mistletoe not all bad

Does your favourite tree or shrub sport foliage that is unlike the rest of the plant?

Unseasonal flowering a curiosity

Unseasonal flowering a curiosity

Spring-flowering plants can occasionally throw out a few blooms in autumn, and one that does it quite regularly is Gaultheria mucronata.

Big benefits to planting in autumn

Big benefits to planting in autumn

We have had some wet weather over the past few weeks, which beach lovers hate but gardeners have been praying for since Christmas.

Constant creativity adds to gardening pleasure

Constant creativity adds to gardening pleasure

If you ask most gardeners if their garden is finished, the answer will often come back as ''No''.

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