This page lists many of the plants featured throughout my website.
Click on each plant to find articles in which the plant is mentioned.
I love maidenhair ferns, I really wanted to include an Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’ specimen, to see how this fern faired inside the BiOrbAir terrarium. You can see more photographs and see how my Adiantum raddianum ‘Fritz-Luthi’ is growing in the first part of my BiOrbAir review. This link will take you straight to the trial … Continue Reading →
Aerangis biloba is a small, epiphytic orchid that is endemic to Africa, where it grows on trees in forests and woodlands. Aerangis biloba enjoys warm temperatures and high humidity. This small orchid produces up to twenty, fragrant, beautiful white, flowers on pendent racemes.
Aerangis citrata is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Madagascar, where it can be found growing in evergreen forests. Aerangis citrata grows well in a humid environment. This miniature orchid produces a pendant, flower stem that features up to thirty, small, fragrant, white flowers.
Aerangis fastuosa is found in the eastern and central Madagascar highlands, between 900 and 1750m, this epiphytic orchid grows in a number of different natural habitats, from humid, evergreen forests, to mountain and coastal forests, where it flowers from July to December each year. Aerangis fastuosa produces white flowers, which are very large in comparison to the … Continue Reading →
The specific epithet of this miniature orchid’s name is hyaloides, which originates from the greek word for glass, which refers to this orchid’s beautiful flowers which naturally glisten, and sparkle – the blooms can certainly be considered as glass-like. Aerangis hyaloides flowers look to me like they have been crafted from frost – they are … Continue Reading →
Aerangis luteoalba var. rhodosticta is a miniature epiphytic orchid from Kenya and Africa. Aerangis luteo alba var. rhodosticta produces attractive white, crystalline, fragrant flowers with a bright orange-red centre. Aerangis luteo alba var. rhodosticta enjoys warm, humid conditions, and bright, filtered, indirect light.
Aerangis macrocentra can be found in Madagascar, where it grows low down, near ground level, as an epiphyte in mossy forests. Aerangis macrocentra produces long, pendant, many flowered inflorescences. You can see how this Aerangis macrocentra specimen is growing in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature Orchids in the BiOrbAir (part six). This link takes you straight … Continue Reading →
Aerangis modesta is a small, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to Madagascar. This small sized orchid enjoys bright, filtered light, and high humidity.
Aerangis punctata can be found growing in central highland Madagascar and also on the island nation of Reunion, at elevations between 900 and 1500m. Aerangis punctata is an epiphytic orchid. Aerangis punctata grows in humid evergreen forests as well as in highland forest and scrubland, where it can be found growing on shrubs and trees. In … Continue Reading →
Aeranthes arachnites is a small, epipytic orchid that originates from Madagascar and the Island of Reunion Aeranthes arachnites enjoys fairly bright, filtered light, warm temperatures, good air circulation, and high humidity. Aeranthes arachnites produces fragrant flowers which are borne on long, pendent flowering stems.
Amesiella minor is miniature, epiphytic orchid. Amesiella minor can be found growing in forests, in the mountain regions of the Philippines. This is a slow growing orchid species, which favours a humid environment. Amesiella minor is a relatively recently discovered miniature orchid, consequently this species is new in cultivation.
Amesiella monticola is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is native to the Philippines. Amesiella monticola tolerates a range of temperature conditions, from cool to warm; this miniature orchid favours humid growing conditions. Amesiella monticola produces beautiful, white flowers, which are of a very large size in comparison to the size of this miniature orchid.
Amesiella philippinensis is a miniature epiphytic orchid which produces between one and five very large flowers. Amesiella philippinensis’s blooms are borne on racemes from late autumn until early spring each year. Amesiella philippinensis is endemic to the Philippines, where it grows in moist mountain forests. This miniature orchid has long, thick, fleshy roots, and thick, fleshy, … Continue Reading →
Angraecum didieri is endemic to Madagascar, where it can be found growing in humid, evergreen forests. This epiphytic miniature orchid grows well when mounted on either cork or cedar bark. You could also grow this miniature orchid in a small pot, using a coarse grade potting mix which contains charcoal. Angraecum didieri produces flowers which … Continue Reading →
Angraecum distichum is a miniature epiphytic orchid which can be found growing in rainforests over a range of tropical locations, including Africa. Angraecum distichum favours humid growing conditions, this lovely miniature orchid is tolerant of a range of temperatures, from cool to hot.
Angraecum elephantinum is a small to miniature sized, epiphytic orchid which is endemic to Eastern Madagascar. Angraecum elephantinum produces very large, white, star-shaped flowers, which release their fragrance during the evenings to attract the species of moth which pollinate its blooms. The flowers of Angraecum elephantinum are so large, that they are often nearly as big as the … Continue Reading →
Angraecum equitans can be found in Madagascar, in humid highland forests, this epiphytic orchid grows in full sun on the outer branches of trees. Angraecum equitans flowers in spring and summer, its flowers are large, white, and fragrant in the evening. This Angraecum equitans specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how well … Continue Reading →
Asparagus setaceus is such a delicate and attractive fern. I know that some folk find Asparagus setaceus tricky to grow, so I was keen to include this Asparagus setaceus specimen in the BiOrbAir to see how well it grew. I positioned the Asparagus setaceus specimen at the back of my planting, hoping it would grow well inside this terrarium and … Continue Reading →
Asplenium antiquum is an elegant, evergreen fern which produces fronds that are a lovely verdant bright green colour. Asplenium antiquum grows best in bright, indirect light, in humid conditions.
Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR) is a fantastic fern to include inside a terrarium. As the new fronds of Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR) age, the fronds develop the wavy character and habit that this fern is known for. Asplenium nidus ‘Crispy Wave’ (PBR) is sometimes known by its common name of the Japanese Asplenium Fern. … Continue Reading →
This Athyrium species is a small sized, terrestrial fern that’s endemic to Madagascar and Africa. This fern enjoys humid conditions and grows to about 15cm in height.
Barbosella australis is a cool growing, miniature epiphytic orchid which can be found growing in southern Brazil. Flowering in the summer, it is a very low growing plant, with a naturally creeping, spreading habit. This Barbosella australis specimen is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how well it’s growing in my Long-term review of the … Continue Reading →
In 2008 Tim Penrose selected Blechnum brasiliense ‘Eruption’ from a batch of over 500 spore raised plants, its eye catching foliage, which is bright red as it unfurls in early spring, made this fern really stand out from the other ferns.
Brachypeza semiteretifolia is an epiphytic miniature orchid species that originates from Vietnam, where it can be found growing in evergreen, lowland forests.
Bulbophyllum ambrosia is a lithophyte, and an epiphytic miniature orchid, which is endemic to China, Hong Kong, and Vietnam. Bulbophyllum ambrosia and grows well, both as a potted specimen or mounted onto cork bark or tree fern. Bulbophyllum ambrosia grows well in warm conditions, with bright, filtered light and good air circulation. The blooms that Bulbophyllum … Continue Reading →
Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ is a miniature, epiphytic orchid which originates from central and western Africa, where it grows in warm conditions, in the lower slopes and regions of the forests. This Bulbophyllum falcatum ‘Minor’ specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, you can see how well it’s growing in myBiOrbAir Review – Growing … Continue Reading →
Bulbophyllum sessile is a miniature epiphytic orchid which is endemic to a number of places including: Burma, Java, Laos, Malaysia, New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Bulbophyllum sessile appreciates warm to intermediate temperatures, bright, filtered light, and good air circulation.
Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY came third, in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016 Competition. Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY flowers continuously from March to November, in all weather conditions. This new Calendula is virtually sterile, so it won’t set seed all over your garden. Calendula POWERDAISY SUNNY is self-cleaning – as the petals fade, … Continue Reading →
Centaurea cyanus is an easy to grow annual, also known by its common name of cornflower. Centaurea cyanus is best sown directly in the soil, where it is to flower, sow seeds from March until the end of May. Centaurea cyanus flowers from June until September. Ensure you pick the flowers regularly to prevent the plant from producing … Continue Reading →
Ceratochilus biglandulosus is endemic to Java in Indonesia, where it grows as an epiphytical miniature orchid on moss and lichen covered trees in mountain areas. Ceratochilus biglandulosus produces crystalline, white flowers, which are very large in comparison to the size of this miniature orchid. Ceratochilus biglandulosus appreciates cool to intermediate growing conditions, with bright but diffused … Continue Reading →
Ceratostylis philippinensis is a miniature orchid which originates from the Philippines. Ceratostylis philippinensis produces many very fragrant, sweetly scented, white flowers that are about 1cm in size. Minimum temperature: 12 C. I have planted a Ceratostylis philippinensis specimen inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. You can see more photographs and see how this miniature orchid is growing in the second … Continue Reading →
Common name: Hearts entangled. Ceropegia linearis subsp. Woodii is an evergreen succulent, tuberous perennial trailing vine with heart-shaped leaves that is tolerant of neglect. Good drainage is essential if you’re thinking of growing Ceropegia linearis subsp. Woodii, as this plant will not tolerate being waterlogged. Water only when dry.
The common name of Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is the variegated spider plant. Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ is an easy to grow plant, that grows well both as a house plant or when planted inside a terrarium. If you plan to include Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variegatum’ inside your terrarium, take care not to overcrowd your terrarium planting, as this … Continue Reading →
Named in honour of HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Chrysanthemum ‘Rossano Charlotte’, has striking flowers – the ray petals are a sugary pink colour, tinged with lime green at their tips.
Clematis koreana AMBER (‘Wit141205’) was awarded the prestigious title of the winner of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016! Clematis koreana AMBER is a very special, fully hardy, Clematis, it produces soft, creamy yellow, double flowers from early May until mid-June, with the added bonus of a second, smaller flush of … Continue Reading →
Coelogyne cristata is a cool growing, epiphytic orchid; this species originates from the Himalayas, Assam, Bhutan, Java, Sikkim, and Nepal. One of the common names of Coelogyne cristata is the Crested Coelogyne. Coelogyne cristata will quickly grow to be far too big to grow in a terrarium, but this orchid does grow well in the conditions provided by … Continue Reading →
Dactylorhiza ‘Simon Milton’ is a hybrid, hardy orchid, which was named in honour of Sir Simon Milton. Dactylorhiza ‘Simon Milton’ was launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, this new orchid featured in the planting on the Sir Simon Milton Urban Connections Garden, which was designed by Lee Bestall and Paul Robinson, and built by Jon … Continue Reading →
Dahlia ‘April Heather’ is a beautiful collarette Dahlia, it produces beautiful open centred flowers with soft yellow florets which are bathed in blush pink. This is a super Dahlia to grow for cut flowers, its open centred flowers are very popular with bees.
Dahlia ‘Café-au-Lait’ is a tuberous perennial, with green foliage, that grows to about 1m tall. Dahlia ‘Café-au-Lait’ is a decorative dahlia which produces very large, multi petaled, attractive, nude-peach-blush coloured blooms.
Dahlia ‘Classic Rosamunde’ is a tuberous perennial that produces very dark, bronze coloured foliage and beautiful anemone-like semi double flowers that are very popular with bees and butterflies. Dahlia ‘Classic Rosamunde’ will flower from July to the first frosts if the tubers are planted directly in the soil. Earlier flower production is possible, simply start … Continue Reading →
Dahlia ‘Pooh – Swan Island’ is a cheerful, and very colourful, collarette dahlia. It produces vibrant, orange-red and yellow, open centred flowers that have a painterly effect and are very attractive to bees. Dahlia ‘Pooh – Swan Island’ grows to about a meter tall, it produces green foliage which compliments its flowers well and provides … Continue Reading →
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is an erect, upright shrub that produces pretty, pink, tubular flowers from January to April each year. Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is a slow growing shrub, that grows best in a sheltered position. It resents any kind of disturbance and is best left unpruned.
Dendrobium moniliforme is a miniature epiphytic and lithophytic orchid, which is endemic to a number of regions, including: Assam, China, the Himalayas, Korea, Nepal, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Dendrobium moniliforme produce beautiful, white flowers which are fragrant.
Dianthus ‘Tequila Sunrise’ is part a new series of perennial pinks that have been developed over seven years of breeding by Whetman Pinks. Christened the Cocktails Series, each cultivar is named after a celebratory drink, this one being ‘Tequila Sunrise’. Hardy, drought-tolerant and easy to grow, they are ideal for the novice gardener. Dianthus ‘Tequila … Continue Reading →
Diplocaulobium abbreviatum is a slow growing miniature epiphytic orchid that is endemic to New Guinea. Diplocaulobium abbreviatum produces attractive star shaped, white flowers that are edged with cream, with small yellow and dark purple markings in the centre of each inflorescence. This Diplocaulobium abbreviatum specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir terrarium, you can see how well … Continue Reading →
Domingoa purpurea is a miniature epiphytic orchid which is endemic to Guatemala and Mexico. Domingoa purpurea is a miniature epiphytic orchid that does not require a rest period to grow well, so if the conditions you provide are constant, this miniature orchid will grow well for you. Domingoa purpurea produces purple-pink inflorescences on long flower spikes, the … Continue Reading →
Doryopteris cordata is an unusual, small tropical, tender fern that is ideally suited to growing in terrariums or bottle gardens. Doryopteris cordata produces lobed fronds at the base of the plant which form a mound, the fertile fronds are much more ‘fern like’, these stand 15cm or so above the plant. Doryopteris cordata has the common name … Continue Reading →
Drosera rotundifolia is also known by its common name of round leaved sundew.
Dryadella simula is a cool growing, epiphytic, miniature orchid species that’s found in the lower regions of cloud forest in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Costa Rica. This orchid experiences natural variations during the seasons in its native environment, where it will experience dry seasons and drier periods. It will be interesting to see how well … Continue Reading →
Dwarf French bean ‘Ferrari’, also known by its botanical name of Phaseolus vulgaris, is a dwarf bean cultivar that produces white flowers, which are followed by green pods or beans. I chose a Dwarf French bean ‘Ferrari’ to grow for my 2016 Peat Free Compost Trial, this dwarf French bean cultivar tends to produce its … Continue Reading →
Erigeron karvinskianus is a perennial which originates from Mexico, one of its common names is Mexican fleabane. Erigeron karvinskianus grows to 15cm in height, it produces daisy like flowers, with white petals which open as white, but turn pink as the flower ages.
The common name of Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group is the nerve plant. This Fittonia thrives when grown in a terrarium, Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group requires low to medium light levels (- avoid sunny window sills). Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group grows well in high humidity and in moist compost. In return Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group will add a … Continue Reading →
Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’ requires low to medium light levels, high humidity and moist compost to grow well. The brightly coloured, variegated leaves that Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’ produces will add a vibrant, colourful glow to your terrarium.
The common name of Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Forest Flame’ is the nerve plant. Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Forest Flame’ requires high humidity, moist compost, and low to medium light levels to grow well – it’s an ideal terrarium plant. This Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘Forest Flame’ with its vibrantly coloured, variegated leaves, will brighten up any terrarium.
The common name of Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘White Anne’ is the nerve plant. Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘White Anne’ is a perfect plant to include if you’re looking to ‘lift’ the planting inside your terrarium. A great choice if you’re looking to plant a green and white colour themed terrarium or colour scheme, Fittonia verschaffeltii ‘White Anne’ requires high humidity and … Continue Reading →
Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest’ came second in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Plant of the Year 2016 Competition. Geum ‘Scarlet Tempest was bred by Elizabeth MacGregor in Galloway, south-west Scotland. This new Geum has a long flowering season, it starts flowering while the frosty weather is still around in April, and continues flowering until about September … Continue Reading →
Ginkgo biloba is a deciduous tree, often known by its common name of the maidenhair tree, it is often described as a living fossil, as Ginkgo biloba trees have been growing on the planet since before the time of the dinosaurs. Ginkgo biloba is the last survivor of the Ginkgos, the other trees from this … Continue Reading →
Gladiolus ‘Prima Verde’ is a large flowered gladiolus, with green-yellow florets that won’t fade in the sunshine, it has a signature fine purple stripe, which is most visible in the lower opened florets. This elegant cultivar is perfect for gardeners and flower arrangers looking for something a little different to grow and admire. Gladiolus ‘Prima … Continue Reading →
Grammatophyllum speciosum has many common names – Queen of Orchids, sugar cane orchid, tiger orchid, and perhaps unsurprisingly, giant orchid. It’s reputed to be the largest orchid in the world! Read more about Grammatophyllum speciosum here: Queen Of Orchids, The Largest Orchid In The World In Flower Now At Kew!
Gypsophila elegans ‘Covent Garden’ is a hardy annual. Gypsophila elegans ‘Covent Garden’ produces numerous single flowers, which are larger in size than the traditional Gypsophila blooms. Gypsophila elegans ‘Covent Garden’ can be sown outdoors, directly where it is to flower from March to April. This hardy annual makes an excellent cut flower, it flowers from … Continue Reading →
Haraella retrocalla is a miniature, epiphytic orchid which originates from Taiwan, where it can be found growing in forests, at elevations ranging from 1000m to 2200m. Haraella retrocalla is a sequential blooming orchid, which can be almost always in bloom – making this plant an attractive acquisition if you’re looking to purchase a miniature orchid. The … Continue Reading →
Helianthus annuus, also known by their common name of sunflowers, are tall growing annuals with very large, round flower heads with brown centres and yellow outer petals, which are very attractive to bees and butterflies. The flower heads of Helianthus annuus turn to face the sun, they slowly turn as the sun moves throughout the day. … Continue Reading →
Holcoglossum flavescens is a miniature, epiphytic orchid that is endemic to China, where it grows on trees in forests. Holcoglossum flavescens produces beautiful flowers, which have quite a charm and character to them, however the colours of the flowers can be a little variable. Holcoglossum flavescens is usually slow to bloom Holcoglossum flavescens grows well in … Continue Reading →
Humata repens is a species of fern which is endemic to Indochina, Taiwan, Malaysia and the Philippines. Humata repens is a dear little plant which grows to 8cm (3 inches) tall, there’s room for this fern in almost any terrarium!
Ilex ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ is a female, evergreen holly, that produces orange-red berries in autumn and winter time.
Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata Pendula’ is a female holly, with beautiful, glossy, dark green, spiny leaves, which feature a beautiful cream variegation to their leaf margins. This cultivar produces red berries in autumn and winter. Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Marginata Pendula’ is a slow growing holly, it forms a small tree or large shrub with a … Continue Reading →
Ilex crenata is a slow growing evergreen shrub. Ilex crenata has tiny leaves, the shrub creates a naturally dense form, which is suited to dwarf hedging. Ilex crenata is one of many plants that can be used as a replacement for box hedging.
Ilex crenata (Fastigata Group) ‘Fastigiata’ is a slow growing Japanese holly, with a naturally upright, columnar habit, that grows to 3 – 5 meters (10 – 16ft) tall. Ilex crenata (Fastigata Group) ‘Fastigiata’ is an evergreen holly, that features small, dark green, glossy leaves. Ilex crenata (Fastigata Group) ‘Fastigiata’ can be used as an alternative … Continue Reading →
Lagurus ovatus ‘Bunny Tails’ is an annual grass that produces ovate, soft, fluffy, panicles which look very pretty on the plant, and last indefinitely as a cut flower, as they dry so well and so easily.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ was introduced by Unwins in 2011. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ is a vigorous Sweet Pea that produces a large number of white blooms on each of its stems.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Earl Grey’ is a maroon/violet bicolour flaked on a white ground. This distinctive Sweet Pea was raised by Keith Hammett and introduced by Roger Parsons in 2014.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Frances Kate’ was raised and introduced by Roger Parsons in 2011. The flowers of Lathyrus odoratus ‘Frances Kate’ feature a deep blue stripe on a white ground.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Gwendoline’ is a very popular variety of Sweet Pea, the flowers that this cultivar produces are very pretty, rose pink on a white ground.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Ida King’ produces pretty, lavender coloured flowers.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘John Gray’ was raised and introduced by Roger Parsons in 2019. Lathyrus odoratus ‘John Gray’ produces beautiful pink flowers on a white ground. This is a very pretty Sweet Pea that’s excellent for showing, cutting, or garden decoration.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Judith Wilkinson’ was raised by Bill Truslove and introduced by Roger Parsons in 2008. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Judith Wilkinson’ produces deep, carmine pink flowers, which are ideal for showing, cutting, or garden decoration.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Just Julia’ was raised and introduced by Roger Parsons in 2011. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Just Julia’ produces very large and beautiful, mid blue flowers.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Lady Nicholson’ was raised by Graham King. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Lady Nicholson’ produces beautiful Sweet Pea blooms, which have a mauve stripe on a white ground. Sadly Lathyrus odoratus ‘Lady Nicholson’ didn’t perform as well as I had hoped in my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Misty’ was raised by Cecil Leese. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Misty’ produces pretty, mauve flushed flowers on a white ground.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Naomi Nazareth’ is a very pretty, pale blue Sweet Pea. L. odoratus ‘Naomi Nazareth’ was raised and introduced by Roger Parsons in 2009, this super Sweet Pea produces beautiful, long stemmed flowers that are ideal for showing, cutting, or for garden decoration. L. odoratus ‘Naomi Nazareth’ has performed exceptionally well in my Sweet … Continue Reading →
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Pip’s Cornish Cream’ is a beautiful cream coloured Sweet Pea. This really is a super Sweet Pea to grow, I would highly recommend Lathyrus odoratus ‘Pip’s Cornish Cream’ for exhibition, for cutting, or for garden decoration. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Pip’s Cornish Cream’ is a beautiful, and reliable Sweet Pea, it’s not always easy to … Continue Reading →
Lathyrus odoratus ’Susan Burgess’ produces flowers which are a beautiful, warm blush pink colour, the flowers enrich to salmon pink if grown under glass. I enjoy growing this Sweet Pea, I find that the weather and temperature affect the colour of the flowers, with some paler, and other blooms a more vibrant shade of the … Continue Reading →
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Windsor’ is one of the best maroon Sweet Peas that you’ll find. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Windsor’ produces very dark maroon flowers. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Windsor’ is an annual climber.
Found in Venezuela and Colombia, Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ is an epiphytic, miniature orchid that can be found in wet, mountain forests and cloud forests. Once Lepanthopsis astrophora ‘Stalky’ has grown to a mature size, this lovely miniature orchid blooms for periods of up to five months at a time, producing glistening, purple coloured, star shaped … Continue Reading →
Leptotes bicolor is a miniature epiphytic orchid that is endemic to Brazil and Paraguay, where this miniature orchid enjoys warm temperatures and humid conditions. Leptotes bicolor produces beautiful, white, fragrant flowers which are touched with pink. The seed pods of Leptotes bicolor can be used like vanilla to flavour foods and drinks.
Lilium ‘Twyford’, is a vigorous new hybrid with a lovely scent. This pollen-free, double flowered Oriental Lily is ideally suited to container growing, this lily requires ericaceous compost or acid soil. Lilium ‘Twyford’ has double flowers, its many flower petals create an extended flowering period – as one set of petals start to fade, these … Continue Reading →
Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ is a winter flowering honeysuckle, that produces scented, cream coloured flowers during mild periods, from December to March each year. Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ grows well in full sun to partial shade, in any moist, well-drained soil.
Mangetout ‘Golden Sweet’, also known by its botanical name of Pisum sativum ‘Golden Sweet’, is a tall growing variety of pea, that requires supports – twiggy pea sticks, or wire fencing to climb – either would be suitable. Mangetout ‘Golden Sweet’ produces attractive, colourful flowers and lime-yellow pods, which can be eaten when they are … Continue Reading →
Mangetout ‘Shiraz’, also known by its botanical name of Pisum sativum ‘Shiraz’, is a tall growing variety of pea, that will require tall supports, such as twiggy pea sticks or wire fencing to grow well. Mangetout ‘Shiraz’ produces pretty pink flowers, which are followed by purple pods. The pea pods can be eaten when immature, … Continue Reading →
Found in south eastern Ecuador and northern Peru, Masdevallia decumana is a miniature, epiphytic orchid that can be found growing in cloud forests in these regions of the world. Masdevallia decumana’s flowers are very large in comparison to the diminutive size of the plant. The flowers are both unusual and eye catching with their dark … Continue Reading →
Masdevallia rechingeriana is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid, which originates from Venezuela. It has a triquetrous inflorescence that is very tall, and is longer in length than the plant’s leaves. Masdevallia rechingeriana is growing inside my Miniature Orchid Trial BiOrbAir Terrarium, you can see how well it’s growing in my BiOrbAir Review – Growing Miniature … Continue Reading →
Masdevallia tovarensis is miniature to small sized, epiphytic orchid that is endemic to Venezuela where it grows in cloud forests. Masdevallia tovarensis produces flower stems each of which can produce a number of beautiful, large, pure white flowers. The flower stems can bloom again and again over extended periods and consequently should only be cut … Continue Reading →
A native plant of New Guinea, Mediocalcar decoratum is a low growing, miniature, epiphytic orchid, it forms a creeping, spreading mat as the plant grows. Mediocalcar decoratum favours humid, damp conditions in dappled shade. Mediocalcar decoratum thrives in damp conditions and would enjoy being misted heavily every morning. Flowering from autumn until spring, Mediocalcar decoratum produces attractive, … Continue Reading →
Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’ is a double daffodil from division 4 of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Daffodil Classification System. Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’ produces fragrant, cream coloured, double flowers that have orange at their centre. In the UK, Narcissus ‘Bridal Crown’ usually flowers during March and April.
Narcissus ‘Chromacolor’ is a large-cupped daffodil, from division 2 of the Daffodil Classification System.
Narcissus ‘Tête Bouclê’ is a new double form of the popular Narcissus ‘Tête e Tête’.
Neofinetia falcata is a miniature to small sized epiphytic orchid, that is endemic to China, Japan, and Korea. Neofinetia falcata produces beautiful, white flowers, which release their fragrance during the evening. Neofinetia falcata can be grown in cool to intermediate temperatures, in bright, filtered light, with high humidity.
Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’, is also known by its common name of Sword fern. This fern produces delicate, intricately shaped fronds in a lovely fresh green colour. This Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ specimen is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. You can see more photographs, and discover out how this Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Fluffy Ruffles’ specimen is growing in … Continue Reading →
Nigella damascena ‘Albion Black Pod’ is an easy to grow hardy annual that produces white, ruffled flowers, which are followed by dark maroon coloured seed pods. Both the flowers and seed heads make excellent cut flowers, and they also dry well.
Nigella damascena ‘Albion Green Pod’ is a hardy annual that can be sown directly where it is to flower, in March, April, May, September, and October. Nigella damascena ‘Albion Green Pod’ produces white, ruffled flowers, which are followed by green seed heads or pods. Nigella damascena ‘Albion Green Pod’ is an easy to grow plant, … Continue Reading →
Nigella damascena ‘Double White’ is an easy to grow, hardy annual, that produces attractive, ruffled, white flowers, with touches of blue at their centres. Nigella damascena ‘Double White’ flowers are followed by large, green seed heads or seed pods. Both in flower or as seed heads, Nigella damascena ‘Double White’ makes an excellent cut flower. The flowers … Continue Reading →
Ornithophora radicans is a miniature, epiphytic orchid which originates from Brazil in South America. Ornithophora radicans has a grassy habit and appearance, this orchid produces sprays of miniature white, brown, and yellow flowers for a few weeks every year in autumn. Minimum temperature: 12 C. I have planted this Ornithophora radicans specimen in my BiOrbAir terrarium. … Continue Reading →
Pellaea rotundifolia is a dark green coloured, evergreen fern that enjoys bright, filtered light, and consistent moist conditions – it’s an ideal plant for a closed terrarium. Pellaea rotundifolia’s common name is button fern, due to its rather lovely, dark green leaflets which form an almost rounded, button shape. Pellaea rotundifolia is endemic to New Zealand. Pellaea … Continue Reading →
The beautifully wrinkled leaves of Peperomia caperata ‘Variegata’ provide interest and contrasting texture in the terrarium.
Peperomia prostrata is a ground cover plant with tiny leaves and a creeping habit. Peperomia prostrata is a mat forming plant, it thrives when planted in a humid environment. Peperomia prostrata can be included in terrariums, where it can thrive, but do avoid overwatering or this plant will not do well.
Persicaria odorata, also known as Vietnamese Coriander, is a tender perennial plant which has a very strong, aromatic flavour. Persicaria odorata is very tender, this herb will only survive UK winters indoors or in a heated glasshouse.
Phalaenopsis gibbosa is an epiphytic miniature orchid which is endemic to Vietnam and Laos, where it grows on trees in evergreen forests. Phalaenopsis gibbosa enjoys warm to hot conditions and high humidity.
Phalaenopsis lobbii is a miniature epiphytic orchid which is endemic to India, Vietnam, the Himalayas, and Myanmar, where it grows on trees in evergreen forests. Phalaenopsis lobbii grows well in a humid environment, in bright, filtered light. Phalaenopsis lobbii flowers in spring each year.
Phalaenopsis lowii is a small to miniature sized, warm to hot growing species of epiphytic orchid, which sometimes grows as a lithophyte on limestone rocks and outcrops. Phalaenopsis lowii is endemic to Borneo, Myanmar, and Thailand, where it grows near rivers as a deciduous plant. In cultivation Phalaenopsis lowii usually retains its leaves. Phalaenopsis lowii produces long lasting, … Continue Reading →
Phalaenopsis micholitzii is an epiphytic miniature orchid which is endemic to the Philippines, where it grows near rivers. Phalaenopsis micholitzii enjoys warm to hot conditions and high humidity. Phalaenopsis micholitzii produces beautiful white, greenish white, or pale green flowers, without any markings on the blooms.
Phalaenopsis parishii is a miniature, epiphytic orchid, that can be found in the Eastern Himalayas, India, and Thailand. In its native environment Phalaenopsis parishii would naturally have a dryer season in winter, where it grows as a deciduous orchid. In cultivation Phalaenopsis parishii will normally retain its leaves throughout the year. It will be interesting to … Continue Reading →
Phalaenopsis stobartiana is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid which is endemic to China, where this miniature sized orchid enjoys warm, humid conditions, and bright, filtered, indirect light. Phalaenopsis stobartiana produces up to nine, striking green, white, and pink flowers on each flowering stem.
Phalaenopsis wilsonii is a species of miniature, epiphytic orchid, which is endemic to China. Phalaenopsis wilsonii favours intermediate to warm, humid conditions, in bright filtered light. In their native environment, Phalaenopsis wilsonii is deciduous, but in cultivation plants may keep their leaves through the winter months. Phalaenopsis wilsonii produces from two to six, beautiful, fragrant, rose pink flowers … Continue Reading →
Phalaenopsis ‘Sunny Smell’ is described as UK’s first widely available scented Phalaenopsis hybrid. Fragrance is subjective, when I encountered this orchid in rather cool conditions I could not detect any scent. Phalaenopsis ‘Sunny Smell’ might have produced more fragrance had the temperature been warmer.
Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’ is also known by its common name of the Blue Star Fern.
Pilea involucrata is a bushy, trailing plant, with deeply grooved, textured leaves. Pilea involucrata requires high humidity to grow well, so it is an ideal plant to include inside a terrarium. Pilea involucrata tolerates low light levels.
Pilea microphylla enjoys soft, filtered light, so it’s an ideal plant choice to include if you’re planting a terrarium. Pilea microphylla grows well in a humid environment and benefits from being misted. The common name of Pilea microphylla is the artillery plant.
Platystele examen-culicum is a miniature, epiphytic orchid which is endemic to Colombia and Ecuador. Platystele examen-culicum grows well in a humid environment, with filtered light, and cool to intermediate temperatures.
Podangis dactyloceras is an epiphytical miniature orchid which is endemic to Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zaire, where it grows near waterfalls and rivers, in evergreen rainforests. Podangis dactyloceras is a warm to hot growing miniature orchid, which grows well in warmer temperatures, in a humid environment, with filtered light, where the plant can dry out between … Continue Reading →
Polystichum tsussimense is a pretty fern, it’s an ideal choice to plant inside a terrarium or bottle garden – this fern thrives in high humidity and low light levels. Polystichum tsussimense grows to about the right height for most terrariums or bottle gardens, meaning that you don’t have to repeatedly keep looking for larger terrariums to re-planting … Continue Reading →
This lovely white form of Primula vialii was discovered as a chance seedling, in the Northumberland garden of keen plantsman John Holland. Primula vialii ‘Alison Holland’ produces green tinged buds, which open to pure white flowers. Primula vialii ‘Alison Holland’ is a hardy, rosette forming, herbaceous perennial that thrives in moist soil conditions. Primula vialii … Continue Reading →
Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ is a small deciduous tree, that grows to about 4 meters in height and about the same (4m or 13ft) wide. This tree is a lovely addition to the garden, as it flowers intermittently from December until March.
Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ is a variegated fern that is also known by its common name of Silver Lace fern. This Pteris ensiformis ‘Evergemiensis’ specimen is growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. You can see more photographs and discover how well this fern is growing in the second part of my long-term review of the BiOrbAir. This link … Continue Reading →
Pyrrosia serpens is an epiphytic fern, with a creeping habit that is endemic to New Zealand.
Raspberry ‘Ruby Beauty’™, also known by its botanical name of Rubus idaeus ‘Raspberry Beauty’ is a dwarf, multi-branching, thornless form of summer fruiting raspberry, bred in New Zealand. This compact, dwarf raspberry grows to only 1m in height, making this an ideal raspberry to grow in a large container. The multi branching floricanes of Raspberry ‘Ruby … Continue Reading →
Rehmannia ‘Walberton’s Magic Dragon’ is a cross between Rehmannia glutinosa and Rehmannia elata which has resulted in creating a very robust, branching plant with very large, exotic looking, foxglove-type flowers in a vibrant shade of pink. This perennial plant was bred by David Tristram from Walberton Plants. Described as hardy, with the added caveat that … Continue Reading →
Restrepia antennifera is a miniature, epiphytic orchid that can be found growing in cloud forests in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia. Restrepia antennifera is a species of epiphytic orchid that naturally forms a tufted shape, it’s small in size and won’t take up much room inside your terrarium or orchidarium. This Restrepia antennifera specimen is growing inside my … Continue Reading →
Restrepia citrina is a species of epiphytic miniature orchid that is endemic to Colombia, where it grows in cloud forests. Restrepia citrina grows well in cool conditions with high humidity. Restrepia citrina produces lemon yellow coloured blooms with dark maroon markings.
Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid that can be found in Ecuador and Peru. I do wonder if this miniature orchid should be known simply as Restrepia purpurea, as I see no distinguishable differences between this plant and Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’. Restrepia purpurea ‘Rayas Vino Tinto’ is a very … Continue Reading →
Restrepia sanguinea is a miniature, cool growing, epiphytic orchid which originates from the cloud forests of Colombia. One of the tallest miniature orchids that are growing inside this terrarium, Restrepia sanguinea flowers frequently, producing large raspberry – plum coloured blooms of about an inch in length. Restrepia sanguinea is very floriferous and produces its flowers in succession. … Continue Reading →
Restrepia seketii originates from cloud forests in North Colombia. A cool growing, epiphytic orchid, Restrepia seketii is smaller than many of the other Restrepia species which are included in my Miniature Orchid Trial. To see photographs of Restrepia seketii in bloom, and discover how long this miniature orchid typically flowers for, please click here. This … Continue Reading →
Restrepia trichoglossa is a species of miniature orchid which originates from cloud forests in Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. Naturally forming a tufted shape, this little Restrepia produces flowers in succession, throughout the year. I find Restrepias to be tolerant of different temperatures, and light conditions, favouring cooler indoor temperatures of around 16 C – 20 C, … Continue Reading →
Rhododendron ‘Orakel’ was bred in Germany by Holger Hachmann. This new, resilient Rhododendron was introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016. Rhododendron ‘Orakel’ is hardy to -24 C.
Rhododendron ‘Prinses Máxima’ was bred by Tijs Huisman, and named after Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti, the Dutch princess, who married the Crown Prince of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, who is now the King of the Netherlands. This new Rhododendron has a very complicated parentage – a number of different Rhododendron varieties were crossed to create this special plant. … Continue Reading →
Rhododendron ‘Sun Star’ is a deciduous azalea, bred in Holland, by Tijs Huisman using seeds from Fred Minch from the USA, the resulting plants of which, were then crossed to create this new Rhododendron luteum cross. This new azalea produces fragrant, double flowers in May. The flowers start life as dark, salmon pink buds, which … Continue Reading →
Rosa ‘A Shropshire Lad’ is an English Climbing Rose bred by David Austin, that grows to about 3m (10ft) in height.
Rosa ‘Scent from Heaven’ was the winner of the 2017 Rose of the Year Competition.
Rosa SANDRINGHAM (‘Beamolly’) was bred by Peter Beales Roses, this rose was introduced in 2016.
Rosa ‘Bathsheba’ is an English Leander Hybrid climbing rose that was bred by David Austin. Rosa ‘Bathsheba’ grows to about 3m (10ft) it produces warm apricot coloured, scented flowers that have a warm myrrh fragrance.
Rosa ‘Imogen’ is an English Shrub Rose which was bred by David Austin, and introduced in 2016 at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Rosa ‘Roald Dahl’ is an English Rose that was bred by David Austin and introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.
Rosa ‘Susie’ is a climbing rose, bred by Harkness Roses. Rosa ‘Susie’ has been bred to have good disease resistance, it has glossy, very dark green leaves and pretty orange coloured rose buds, which open out to golden, apricot coloured roses.
Rumex sanguineus var. sanguineus also known as veined sorrel, is grown for its attractive, ornamental, edible leaves, which have a tangy flavour and feature attractive red veining.
Salvia ‘Love and Wishes’ is a truly spectacular new hybrid raised by Australian breeder John Fisher, it’s the third plant to be released from the ‘Wish’ series. This hardy, aromatic perennial plant has dark stems with a graceful, arching habit, bearing a stunning display of rich purple-red flowers with burgundy calyces for a wonderfully long … Continue Reading →
Sarcococca confusa is an evergreen shrub that flowers from December to March every year, its sweetly scented, highly fragrant flowers are beneficial to bees, as it flowers at a time of year when pollen and nectar is hard to find.
Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’ is an evergreen shrub that produces small, but highly fragrant flowers from January to March. Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’ is best grown in full to partial shade, in well drained soil.
Schoenorchis fragrans is a miniature epiphytic orchid that can be found in India, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and China, where it grows in moist forests. Schoenorchis fragrans has thick, leathery leaves that have an attractive purple underside, this miniature orchid produces clusters of tightly packed, faintly scented, pink crystalline flowers during the summer time. I purchased … Continue Reading →
Selaginella kraussiana requires a humid environment in partially shaded conditions to grow well, this pretty plant adds interest and texture to the terrarium. This Selaginella kraussiana specimen was growing inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. To see more photographs and details of how this Selaginella grew in my BiOrbAir, see my long-term review of the BiOrbAir. This link … Continue Reading →
Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’ is also known by its common name of golden clubmoss. Selaginella kraussiana ‘Aurea’ is a low growing, spreading plant, that really brightens up the terrarium with its pretty, light green coloured foliage.
Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ is also known by its common name of Martens clubmoss. Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ requires a humid environment, in a sunny or partially shaded area to grow well. Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ grows up to 20cm, or 8inches in height. I planted this Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ specimen inside my BiOrbAir terrarium. You can discover how … Continue Reading →
Solanum tuberosum + Solanum melongena EGG AND CHIPS PLANTS have not been genetically modified. Each plant is from the Solanaceae family, they are completely natural – the aubergine and potato are compatible vegetables from the same family, that have been grafted together, to grow as one plant. The aubergine grows above ground, and the potatoes … Continue Reading →
Soleirolia soleirolii is also known by its common name of mind-your-own-business. Soleirolia soleirolii is a fast-growing, ground-cover perennial, the stems of Soleirolia soleirolii root readily, which helps this plant to spread rapidly. Soleirolia soleirolii produces tiny, rounded leaves which add a delicate touch to the terrarium planting. Different coloured varieties are available.
Stelis is from the Greek for small pillar. Stelis muscifera is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that originates from Ecuador and Venezuela, where the plant can be found growing at between 800m – 1600m above sea level. Stelis muscifera flowers in spring and summer. During its flowering period each flower spike is clothed in numerous, … Continue Reading →
Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ is a tender perennial that makes a super houseplant. Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ was bred by Dibleys Nurseries. The parent plants of Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ are part of an ongoing breeding program, which started over 20 years ago. Streptocarpus ‘Polka-Dot Purple’ first flowered at Dibleys Nurseries in 2013. It’s very floriferous, flowering for … Continue Reading →
Sweetcorn ‘Bodacious’, also known by its botanical name of Zea mays ‘Bodacious’, is a sweetcorn cultivar, that’s idea for forcing inside to grow and eat as sweetcorn shoots.
Tillandsia usneoides is an air plant, which is known by its common name of Spanish moss. Tillandsia usneoides belongs to the Bromeliaceae family. Tillandsia usneoides can be found growing in a wide range of sub tropical and tropical habitats, it is often seen growing in a the branches of trees, though it can also be seen … Continue Reading →
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ is a striking, deciduous shrub with an upright habit, which allows it to be lightly trimmed very easily into a pyramid shape with horizontal tiered layers, rather similar in appearance to a traditional wedding cake. In April, ‘Kilamanjaro Sunrise’ produces rather glamorous lacecap flowers from the top to the bottom of the … Continue Reading →
Viola ‘Frilly Dilly’ is a hardy, perennial Viola with sturdy erect stems which bears beautifully scented flowers, with frilled petals. The flowers start life as a gentle white, they become flushed with soft purple and mauve tones as they age. Viola ‘Frilly Dilly’ will flower continuously for 4 months, the flowers lasting much longer than other … Continue Reading →