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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As the saying goes, ‘good things come in small packages’.  To prove this adage, here’s a teeny tiny orchid: Trisetella hoeijeri is an absolute darling of a plant.  An impossibly cute, exquisite beauty; I promise that this magnificent orchid will touch your heart, lift your…

Trollius x cultorum ‘Cheddar’ is a hardy perennial plant that really stands out in the garden, due to its large buttercup-like flowers, which are coloured in the softest shade of warm, almost glowing, buttery cream.  This pretty flower is related to the buttercup.  The similarities…

Turnip ‘Oasis’, known officially by its botanical name of Brassica rapa (Rapifera Group) ‘Oasis’, is an ivory coloured turnip with a sweet and delicious flavour.  This turnip is particularly flavourful when young and is ideal to harvest as a baby vegetable.  Turnip ‘Oasis’ has a…

Turnip ‘Sweet Marble’ is an F1 hybrid turnip that produces round, white roots.  This is a fast growing vegetable that produces a harvest within a couple of months of sowing.  I enjoy harvesting my ‘Sweet Marble’ turnips when they’re about the size of a golf…

For some reason, turnips are often under-rated, both by cooks and gardeners.  I adore growing turnips and I absolutely relish the taste of these deliciously sweet vegetables.  I enjoy eating raw and cooked cooked turnips, both are delightful!  In my home, we use turnips in…

Valeriana officinalis is a herb, known for its relaxing properties – it’s more commonly known as Valerian.  Looking rather like a pale pink flowered Verbena bonariensis, Valeriana officinalis produces branching stems that hold panicles of tiny star shaped flowers, in the palest shade of dusky pink. …

Vanda nana is an epiphytic subshrub, a monopodial epiphyte that grows primarily in the wet tropical biome and can be found growing as a wild flower of Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.  This is a miniature orchid; my Vanda nana plant that you see pictured above…

Verbascum ‘Merlin’ is a super plant!  This hardy perennial is drought resistant, these plants simply flourish in light, sandy soils.  If you have moist, fertile soil, you will probably need to provide some support to your plants, (ideally early on in the growing season) but…

Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’ is a hardy, evergreen perennial, that thrives in poor, free draining, sandy soils and alkaline soils.  Plant Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’ where your plants can enjoy uninterrupted sunshine, or partial shade. Verbascum phoeniceum ‘Violetta’ flowers from May to August.  Quite a compact Verbascum, Verbascum…

Verbena bonariensis, is an utterly fabulous plant!  However little room I have to garden, I always make room for Verbena bonariensis.  This plant is so accommodating; it’s tall, yet light and airy, and never claustrophobic.  Verbena bonariensis is happy to grow by itself or up…

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ is a deciduous shrub with an upright habit.  Plants can be lightly trimmed to create a pyramid shape with horizontal tiered layers; rather similar in appearance to a traditional wedding cake. In April, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ produces rather glamorous lacecap…

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…

In the UK, Viscum album is normally referred to by its common name, Mistletoe.  Mistletoe grows up in the branches of trees where it forms spherical ball-shaped plants comprised of many stems holding pairs of lovely fresh-green coloured, leathery leaves.  This evergreen shrub produces tiny…

Although watermelons can be grown very successfully outdoors in the UK (once all risk of frost has passed); I must tell you straight away that watermelon seeds need to be started off inside a glasshouse, polytunnel, or consevatory.  ‘Little Darling’ plants need to grow within…

Watermelons are great fun to grow!  If you’re wondering whether we can grow these delicious fruits in the UK, the answer is yes we can grow watermelons!  However, these plants will need to be started off in the protection and warmth of a glasshouse, polytunnel,…

Wisteria is a genus of tall, climbing plants, that originate from China, Eastern America, and Japan. Wisteria plants produce beautiful racemes of flowers from April to August.  The flowering time and flower colour vary somewhat for each Wisteria species or cultivar grown.  Some Wisterias produce…

Yacon (also known by the botanical name Smallanthus sonchifolius) is a South American vegetable that produces large soft leaves and yellow flowers; it’s the large underground tubers that are formed at the base of the plant, which we harvest during autumn and wintertime.  The tubers…

This is Zamioculcas zamiifolia.  The plant’s botanical name is a bit of a mouthful, so Zamioculcas zamiifolia is more commonly known as the ZZ plant.  Zamioculcas zamiifolia is a tuberous, evergreen perennial plant with glossy green leaflets, which originates from Africa and other warm countries, where…

Zantedeschia ‘Dubai Nights’ produces very rich, dark purple coloured flowers which are outlined with a cream margin.  This new Zantedeschia produces large, olive-green coloured leaves, which are very thoroughly speckled with white.  Zantedeschia ‘Dubai Nights’ was introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017.

Zantedeschia ‘Eyeliner’ is a new Zantedeschia cultivar, launched at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017, which produces long-stemmed blooms in the darkest purple and orange-red, which make dramatic cut flowers.

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