Brugmansia are easily grown in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil, in sun to part shade, in all temperate climates. They begin to flower in mid to late spring in warm climates and continue into autumn, often continuing as late as early winter in warm conditions. In servere winters, outdoor plants need protection from frost, but the roots are hardier, and will resprout in the same year
Most brugmansias, cultivated in the garden, are planted in containers and tubs. An easy plant to manage. Fertilize, water and prune and the results can be amazing.
Brugmansia may be propagated easily by rooting 10–20 cm (4–8 in) cuttings taken from the end of a branch during the summer.
All parts of Brugmansias are toxic, so wash your hands after you have handled the plant.
Passiflora is a genus which can be found in Central and South America the Southern States of the US, East Asia and Australasia.
It was discovered by the Spanish in the late 14th century and eventually, news of this ' fabulous ' plant reached the Pope. The vine was exalted to a mythical status as it was said to signify Christ and the stories from the New Testament.
This incredibly beautiful flower was used by the Spanish Inquisition as an excuse to follow and persecute fleeing Jews and Heretics who were making their homes in the New World.
This is an easy plant to grow with hundreds of species and hybrids. The secret is that you have to understand your own climate and the climate condition necessary for the passionflower.
Many of these vines are hardy and some of the new cultivars are extremely frost tolerant and can resist temperatures as low as -12 degrees.
The passionflower is famous for attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and night time moths. An important plant for the environmentally conscious gardener.
A daylily is a flowering plant in the genus Hemerocallis. Gardening enthusiasts and professional horticulturalists have long bred daylily species for their attractive flowers. Thousands of cultivars have been registered by local and international Hemerocallis societies. It originated from China and the surrounding Asiatic countries.
Hemerocallis come in two distinct types, diploid, meaning with two sets of chromosomes and tetraploid, with four sets of chromosomes.
This is a very easy plant to cultivate anywhere in a temperate and warm climate. The plant just seems to get on with it, throwing up stems of amazing flowers week after week. The plant then dies down for its winter rest and then it appears bigger and bolder the following year. Daylilies are ideal candidates for pots or tubs, but need to be divided every few years.
The flower itself only last 24 hours but is immediately followed by another. An ideal cut flower, but not in a bouquet.
Nearly all species are found in temperate Northern hemisphere zones, from Europe to Asia and across North America. Although diverse in ecology, Iris is predominantly found in dry, semi-desert, or colder rocky, mountainous areas, other habitats include grassy slopes, meadowlands, bogs and riverbanks.
Iris's grow well in most garden soil types providing that there is adequate drainage. The rhizomes do not like to sit in water and will actually rot. Iris enjoy their rhizomes exposed to the sun.
An easy plant to grow which needs little attention. Divide from the middle to keep the plants healthy. Sprinkle with slug pellets during the spring.
These are beautiful clump-forming perennials, some of which are evergreen, with erect stems that carry large umbels of tubular-bell-shaped or trumpet shaped flowers usually blue , but now with shades of blue, dark blue, purple, light blue and white. They often fade to purple with age.
Leaves are strap-shaped. Narrow-leaved forms are frost hardy, board-leaved ones are half hardy. Grow in full sun and in moist but well drained soil. Protect the crowns in winter with either ash or mulch.
Plants increase slowly but may be propagated by division in the spring; may also be raised from seed in the spring or autumn. Named cultivars will not come true from seed.
These plants are easy to maintain: ideal for planting in the open soil, to form clumps in a boarder, tubs or pots for attractive patio/terrace displays.
My first memory of Agapanthus was leaving Aukland in New Zealand and driving south on the new motorway and seeing Agapanthus in dense clumps on either side. A beautiful sight.
Seeds have been an important development in the reproduction and spread of plants, relative to more primitive plants such as ferns, mosses and liverworts, which do not have seeds and use other means to propagate themselves. This can be seen by the success of seed plants in dominating biological niches on land, from forests to grasslands both in hot and cold climates.
Seed Banks are now an essential concept for the future. Many thousands of plant species are being lost to science. Some as yet have not been discovered, and with the terrifying loss of habitats, it provokes a very sobering debate.
Seeds are not only the product of the fertilization or hybridization of plant species, but they are the lifeline of that species. Not all seeds come true. Some revert back and some produce new variations. The gardener's delight.
Most of the seeds we sell have hard shells. This is natures way of protecting the seed for a period of dormancy. The easiest way to break the dormancy is to follow the instructions given.
For example: The passiflora seeds need to be soaked in a citric juice, such as passion fruit or orange juice. This acidity breaks the very hard outer shell and starts the growth patern.