Pinguicula are a very interesting genus of  carnivorous plants, they are often known by their common name – Butterworts.  There are a great many species of Pinguicula; wild plants can be found growing a wide range of locations including across America, Europe, and Asia.

Inside my Orchidarium, I have planted two specimens of the Pinguicula hybrid that you see pictured above. 

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.  The sooner you eat your sweetcorn after harvesting, the sweeter it will be; home-grown sweetcorn tastes sensational!

Tomatoes, also known by their botanical name of Solanum lycopersicum, are wonderful plants, with a distinctive perfume that envelopes the garden’s air in summertime.  Tomatoes are a member of the Solanaceae family; they are related to potatoes and deadly nightshade and produce fruits in a wide range of sizes, shapes, colours, and flavours.

When growing tomatoes, it’s important to remember that these plants are tender – frost will kill tomato plants. 

Runner beans, also known by their botanical name of Phaseolus coccineus, are tender perennials that originate from Mexico and South America.  Runner beans are deservedly popular in the UK; these easy to grow vegetables are both decorative and productive.

Both dwarf runner bean varieties and tall climbing runner bean varieties are available – check the label before buying seeds or plants to determine how tall they will grow. 

Dinema polybulbon is a miniature, epiphytic and lithophytic orchid species, which originates from Cuba, Mexico, and Nicaragua, where this orchid can be found growing on trees and rocks, in areas of humid forest.

Dinema polybulbon produces large, caramel and ivory coloured, fragrant flowers, which have a striking appearance and a rather elegant beauty.

I find that Dinema polybulbon is far easier to grow as a mounted specimen than as a pot grown plant. 

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.  Helianthus annuus grow best when planted in a very sunny spot.

Humata heterophylla is a very handsome fern.  I must admit that this one of my absolute favourite ferns – I simply love Humata heterophylla’s leaf-like fronds.  This is a tender, epiphytic fern species, that can be grown mounted onto a piece of cork, wood, or a branch.  Humata heterophylla thrives when raised in a very humid environment, in semi-shaded or shaded growing conditions.

Erigeron karvinskianus is a dear little herbaceous perennial plant, that originates from Mexico.  One of this plant’s common names is Mexican fleabane, it’s also known as the Mexican daisy.  This is a small herbaceous perennial, that forms spreading, mat-like, low growing, slightly tangled plants, with small green leaves.  Erigeron karvinskianus grows up to around 15cm (6 inches) in height.  These dainty plants produce hundreds of flowers, which open as white petaled, yellow centred daisies. 

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 a the branches of trees, though it can also be seen growing over telegraph poles and other structures!  

Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ is also known by its common name of Martens Club Moss.

Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ requires a humid environment and needs to grow in a sunny or partially shaded area to flourish.  Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ grows up to 20cm (8inches) in height.

I planted this Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ specimen inside my BiOrbAir terrarium.  You can discover how well this Selaginella martensii ‘Jori’ specimen is growing in my long-term review of the BiOrbAir.  

Domingoa purpurea is a miniature epiphytic orchid, which originates from Guatemala and Mexico.

Domingoa purpurea is a miniature epiphytic orchid species that does not require a rest period to grow well.  So if the conditions you provide are constant, with sufficient light, water, and nutrients, this miniature orchid will grow well for you.

This Domingoa purpurea specimen is growing inside my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir terrarium.