Plants

From this page, you can find information about many of the plants that feature in the articles I’ve written for pumpkinbeth.com.  Click on each plant group to discover more information about a specific group of plants.

You’ll find specific groups of plants on the following pages that I’ve highlighted for you here.  Alternatively if you prefer, you can scroll down through the full index below to see all of the plants I’ve listed on PumpkinBeth.com.  Click on an individual plant page to discover more information about that particular plant and find links to every article where that plant is mentioned on PumpkinBeth.com.

If you’re interested, you can also search for plant species from a specific area by clicking on the countries button and then selecting a destination to reveal the plants I’ve written about from that area of the world.

 

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Sweet pepper plants (also known as peppers, bell peppers, Capsicums, or by their botanical name of Capsicum annuum) are tender vegetables that thrive in warm, bright and sunny areas.  When all risk of frost has passed, sweet pepper plants can be grown outside in the…

Sweetcorn (also known by its botanical name of Zea mays) is a delicious vegetable, which is easy to grow.  Home-grown sweetcorn tastes amazing!  It’s markedly sweeter than supermarket sweetcorn, because the sugar inside the sweetcorn kernels starts to turn to starch once they’ve been harvested.…

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. To see more houseplant pages and information on growing a wide range of indoor plants, please click…

Swiss Chard (also known by the botanical name Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla var. flavescens) is a magnificent vegetable that brings a touch of its own exquisite beauty to the gardens and allotments where it’s grown.  This is another vegetable with an array of common names,…

In early autumn, these Asters produce masses of small, lilac-blue coloured daisies with yellow centres.  My friends Terry and Nicky gave me this Aster, it’s a division from their garden.  Neither of us know the name of this variety, so Symphyotrichum novae-angliae is as much…

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Pötschke’ is a hardy, herbaceous perennial.  In early autumn, these plants produce masses of small, but loud and vibrant, glowing-pink coloured flowers with yellow centres; the central disc florets fade and become browner in colour, as the blooms age.  My…

Tanacetum parthenium is a useful herbaceous perennial.  This is a really easy to grow, undemanding plant that flowers during the summer months.  I cut my plants back heavily after their flowers fade.  I usually cut my plants right back to the ground – don’t worry…

Yew is also known by its botanical name, Taxus baccata.  This is a glorious evergreen that’s versatile and accommodating.  Taxus baccata is happy to grow as a specimen tree or a hedge; plants are content to grow naturally as unpruned trees but are equally happy…

I love to write about really easy to grow, great-tasting vegetables, so I’m truly excited to tell you about this type of Texsel Greens!  Texsel Greens ‘Garlic Kale’ (also known by its botanical name Brassica carinata) is an incredibly useful, edible plant that produces delicious…

Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ is a new herbaceous perennial that produces these dark purple-black coloured flowering stems, which are topped with fluffy purple flowers during May, June, and July.  The overall effect is rather ethereal and somewhat hazy. Thalictrum ‘Black Stockings’ grows to around 120cm (4ft)…

Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’ is a fully hardy, herbaceous perennial, that thrives in shaded or partially shaded areas of the garden.  I love Tiarella ‘Spring Symphony’ with its tiny star shaped flowers.  This is such an attractive plant, its deeply lobed green leaves are usually highlighted…

Tillandsia usneoides is an air plant, which is also 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…

Tomato ‘Big Daddy’, as you’d expect, produces big tomatoes!  ‘Big Daddy’ tomato plants produce beautiful beefsteak tomatoes, these fruits are so attractive, they would make a rather delightful subject for a painting or other art composition. As well as looking good, ‘Big Daddy’ tomatoes taste…

‘Black Russian’ is a beefsteak tomato cultivar.  Plants perform best when trained as a cordon (also known as an intermediate) tomato; this is easily achieved, simply by regularly removing the plant’s sideshoots and training the plant up a study support system. Given its name, it…

If you’re thinking of growing tomatoes, there are so many different coloured tomatoes you could grow other than the traditionally seen red tomatoes.  Tomato ‘Blue Fire’ produces eye catching fruit, that begin life as you’d expect – as greenish coloured tomatoes.  These tomatoes soon darken…

Tomato ‘Cherry Baby’ is a cherry tomato variety.  ‘Cherry Baby’ tomato plants produce bright red, round fruit, which are held in long trusses, ripening throughout the summer months and into early autumn. Tomato ‘Cherry Baby’ is an indeterminate or cordon tomato hybrid.  These tomato plants…

Tomato ‘Cocktail Crush’ is a new tomato variety, which produces clusters of salad tomatoes, borne in trusses, during the summer and early autumn.  This is an indeterminate or cordon tomato variety. ‘Cocktail Crush’ tomato plants can be grown successfully in a glasshouse, or outdoors, in…

Tomato ‘Consuelo’ is a new tomato hybrid.  This new tomato variety produces lovely shiny, red cherry tomatoes, which are borne in trusses and ripen through the summer and early autumn. ‘Consuelo’ is an indeterminate or cordon tomato hybrid, which can be grown in a glasshouse…

‘Crimson Crush’ tomato plants produce medium to large, round red tomatoes, which ripen from summer to early autumn.  This tomato variety can be planted in the ground or grown in containers.  Tomato ‘Crimson Crush’ plants can be grown either inside a polytunnel or glasshouse, or…

Tomato ‘Flamingo’ (Solanum lycopersicum ‘Flamingo’) is an intermediate (cordon) tomato that produces these rather lovely mini plum tomatoes in a quaint cherry-red colour. From February to April (in the UK), ‘Flamingo’ tomato seeds can be sown inside a warm glasshouse, polytunnel, conservatory, or on a…

‘Golden Sunrise’ is a tomato cultivar that produces medium-sized, golden yellow salad (these are larger than cherry tomatoes, but smaller than beefsteaks) tomatoes.  This variety is best grown as a cordon (intermediate) tomato, where the plant’s sideshoots are removed and the plant is strengthened by…

Tomato ‘Green Envy’ is an unusual tomato hybrid; ‘Green Envy’ plants produce plum shaped cherry tomatoes, which are dark green in colour, ripening to a fresh, slightly lighter green colour.  The appearance and taste of these tomatoes will brighten up salads, salsas, and any other…

Tomato ‘Honeycomb’ is a cherry tomato variety, bred by Simon Crawford from Burpee Seeds that was first launched in 2018.  ‘Honeycomb’ tomato plants produce long trusses of small, orange coloured, cherry tomatoes.  In the UK, this tomato variety can be grown in a glasshouse or…

Tomato ‘Irish Gardener’s Delight’ (Solanum lycopersicum ‘Irish Gardener’s Delight’) is an intermediate (cordon) tomato that produces these wonderfully glossy red fruits.  These tomatoes are a bright and cheerful, pillar box red; ‘Irish Gardener’s Delight’ is a proper red tomato! In the UK, from February to…

Tomato ‘Nagina’ is a Roma or plum tomato variety – this tomato is also sold as ‘Crimson Plum’.  Whether you grow tomato seed purchased as ‘Nagina’ or tomato seed purchased as ‘Crimson Plum’ you’ll be growing the same very productive tomato.  ‘Nagina’ produces an abundance…

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