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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This Athyrium species is a small sized, terrestrial fern that can be found growing in the wild, in both Madagascar and Africa.  A great choice for a terrarium or bottle garden, ferns of this Athyrium species enjoy warm, humid conditions, and bright but indirect light.  As…

Athyrium spicatum is a borderline-hardy fern, from Madagascar.  This small-sized fern produces gently arching fronds, in a lovely shade of leaf-green. I think that this fern has a shape and form that most people would instantly recognise as being a fern.  It’s a handsome, attractive…

Aubergines (also known as Eggplant or by the plant’s botanical name, Solanum melogena) are tender plants that need warmth and bright sunshine if they’re to thrive.  Sow aubergine seeds in pots of peat-free compost, inside a heated propagator or glasshouse, from January to April.  Ensure…

Barbosella australis is a cool growing, miniature, epiphytic orchid species, 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…

Barbosella dusenii is a super cute, mini miniature orchid species.  These plants really are tiny.  Barbosella dusenii plants have a naturally low growing, creeping stature.  If you gave this plant just a cursory glance, you might think that this orchid has something of a resemblance…

Basil is probably my favourite herb.  There are a stunning selection of basil varieties available, each with their own flavour.  Different basil types each have their charm and depending on the variety will produce tiny, small, medium, or extra-large sized leaves.  I adore the flavour…

Beetroot, also known by its botanical name of Beta vulgaris, is an easy to grow root vegetable, which can be sown outside, from March until the beginning of August, in the UK. There are a great many beetroot cultivars available, offering beetroot in a great…

Beta vulgaris ‘Chioggia’, is more commonly known as beetroot ‘Chioggia’.  This is a beetroot cultivar with a pink-red outer skin.  If you cut beetroot ‘Chioggia’ in half you’ll see that this beetroot has concentric rings of pink and white flesh inside.  For more information on…

Begonia Beleaf Lima Love = ‘Krbelle01’ (PBR) makes a handsome houseplant.  This is quite a striking plant, with its lime green coloured leaves.  The foliage is quite amazing to look at; each Begonia Beleaf Lima Love leaf is highlighted with a dark maroon coloured edging. …

Begonia maculata is a tender plant from South East Brazil.  These interesting plants are grown for their stunning foliage, which is dark green in colour and liberally decorated with marvellous silvery-white coloured polka dot markings over the top sides of the leaves; this area of…

Begonia rex ‘Escargot’ is a rhizomatous perennial that produces these striking patterned leaves that spiral attractively.  This Begonia cultivar’s eye-catching, spiralling form is rather like the coiled form of snail shells, hence the name ‘Escargot’. This Begonia makes a handsome houseplant.  If you’re considering growing Begonia…

Begonia rex ‘Helen Teupel’ is a tender plant that produces a striking display of variegated foliage.  ‘Helen Teupel’ leaves range from being pink or a silvery-green in colour with deep chocolatey-brown markings that highlight the leaf veining and are most concentrated down the centre of…

The Silver Birch (Betula pendula) is one of our most recognisable UK native trees with its glorious silvery-white bark and dainty green leaves.  We’re not the only ones to have an affinity with Betula pendula, this stunning tree is a native plant of many countries…

Betula pendula FASTIGIATA JOES (‘Jolep 1’) is a tall – 16.5ft (5m) or more, yet very narrow tree, which produces upright growth, which will grow no wider than 3ft (1m) across, making this tree a super choice for a small garden. All too often, I see…

Biophytum sensitivum is an amazing plant!  Biophytum sensitivum originates from India and South Africa, where it can be found growing in wet, boggy soils near streams and waterfalls, where it is shaded by taller trees and shrubs. Biophytum sensitivum is such an interesting, fascinating plant!  Resembling…

Blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum) are hardy deciduous shrubs that thrive in warm and sunny, sheltered sites.  These naturally bushy plants will grow in almost any well-drained soil.  Blackcurrants enjoy regular watering throughout the summer months; these fruits will tolerate a wetter soil through the growing season,…

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. To see my other…

I love Blechnum spicant, it’s such a handsome, charming little fern, with its narrow, dark green coloured pinnate fronds.  Depending on this fern’s particular stage of growth, Blechnum spicant may form low growing rosettes with the sterile fronds leaning out horizontally, or if the fertile…

I love growing blueberries!  Blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum and Vaccinium angustifolium) are deciduous shrubs that produce sublime tasting berries.  These handsome plants produce tasty fruit but they bring added interest to the garden with their intriguing white, bell-shaped flowers, which are adored by bees in springtime…

Bolbitis heteroclita ‘Difformis’ is miniature fern that can be grown both as a terrarium plant and as an aquarium plant.  This fern can be used a part of an aquascape planting, where it will slowly form low feathery carpets of green to cover the sides…

Borago officinalis is a hardy annual herb that’s commonly known as Borage or Bee Bread (in the UK).  This plant has edible leaves and flowers that have a cucumbery aroma and delicate cucumber flavour.  If I were you, I wouldn’t get too excited about eating…

Brachypeza semiteretifolia is an epiphytic, miniature orchid species that originates from Vietnam, where this plant can be found growing on the branches of evergreen trees, in lowland forests. Brachypeza semiteretifolia doesn’t have a set flowering time, this miniature orchid can flower at any time of year.…

Broad beans (also known by their botanical name of Vicia faba) are wonderfully easy to grow beans that tastes delicious.  If you haven’t grown them before, you might think of yourself as someone who doesn’t like broad beans, but stay with me – it’s still…

Crimson flowered broad beans are great fun!  These rather glamorous plants are the crimson flowered form of broad beans.  Plants produce large cerise coloured flowers, which are followed by green broad bean pods, filled with green broad beans. Broad bean ‘Crimson Flowered’ (also known by…

Broad Bean ‘Robin Hood’ is a dwarf broad bean.  If you’re looking for vegetables to grow in containers, Broad bean ‘Robin Hood’ is an ideal choice.  Broad Bean ‘Robin Hood’ is a green seeded broad bean, which grows to just 30-40cm (12-16 inches) tall. In…

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