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Allium is a large genus of flowering plants, it features hundreds of Allium species and many hybrids.  Onions, chives, garlic, and leeks are all part of the Allium family, as are many other plants, which are grown for their decorative flowers and seed heads. Many Allium flowers are known to be popular with bees, butterflies, … Continue Reading →

Aloe vera is a really interesting, evergreen, tender succulent.  Aloe vera is a plant species that has many uses.  Aloe vera is an attractive, rosette forming, decorative, tender succulent, which is a popular houseplant, and a useful plant for a medical garden in tropical climates.  There are a great many claims made about the properties and … Continue Reading →

Angelica archangelica is a simply divine garden plant!  I love the zingy green colour tone of this biennial’s flowers and seeds, their fresh colouring and the plant’s tall, architectural, and statuesque appearance is of great value in the garden. Angelica archangelica favours moist, well drained soils, though please don’t give up hope if you have … Continue Reading →

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).  

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 a miniature palm tree, the leaves of Biophytum sensitivum fold downwards, with … Continue Reading →

Calendula officinalis, is a hardy annual, which can be sown directly outside where it is to flower in springtime.  March through until June is usually the best time to sow seed of this marigold in the UK, although seeds of Calendula officinalis can also be sown from mid August to September and October, to overwinter, … Continue Reading →

Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ is a hardy annual, which produces flowers with either yellow or brown centres, all of which are circled with lemon yellow petals, which become paler in colour as the flowers age. Calendula officinalis ‘Snow Princess’ is an easy to grow plant, which can be grown in containers or in the garden.  Sow the … Continue Reading →

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 →

Ceropegia linearis subsp. Woodii is an evergreen succulent, tuberous perennial trailing vine with heart-shaped leaves from Zimbabwe.  This is an attractive and quite charming plant, which makes an excellent houseplant; it’s ideally suited to growing in hanging baskets where the plant’s long, trailing stems and beautiful heart shaped leaves can be admired and appreciated. Good … Continue Reading →

Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ is a deciduous shrub, which grows to 2.5 – 4m (8 – 13ft) in height and to around 1 – 2m (3 – 6ft) in width. Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’ is usually hardy to withstand winter temperatures as low as -10 to – 15C (14 – 5F).  Plants are most successfully planted in … Continue Reading →

Chirita tamiana is a miniature species of flowering plant, that originates from Vietnam where it grows in damp soils.  Chirita tamiana plants form attractive rosettes, similar to the growth habit of their relations – Saintpaulia (African Violets) with their soft, mid green leaves radiating out in pretty circles. Chirita tamiana plants are very floriferous, they can … Continue Reading →

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 →

Clematis ‘Taiga’ was bred in Japan in 2007.  This clematis cultivar was named ‘Taiga’, meaning big river, as the purple-blue and white flowers bloom profusely, and resemble the flow of water from a great river, with white-capped waves.

This new Cosmos cultivar, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cupcakes Blush’, is distinct from other Cosmos, including those in the current Cupcakes Series, as the flowers of Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Cupcakes Blush’ open as semi double white blooms, which age to a soft pink colour.

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.

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 →

Digitalis canariensis, also known as the Canary Island foxglove, and as Isoplexis canariensis, is a tender, evergreen shrub, which is endemic to the Canary Islands.  Digitalis canariensis grows to 1.5m (5ft) in height.  Digitalis canariensis grows well when planted in moist, well drained soils, in full sun or partial shade, in a sheltered location.  This … Continue Reading →

Digitalis ‘Lemoncello’ is a new biennial foxglove, which produces lemon-yellow coloured flowers all around each flower stem.  This hardy foxglove produces secondary flowering stems which help to extend the plant’s flowering period.

Drosera rotundifolia is also known by its common name of round leaved sundew.

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.

Figs, also known by their botanical name of Ficus carica, are wonderfully beautiful shrubs or trees, that produce delicious, parthenocarpic fruits in summer and early autumn.  In the UK, figs grown outdoors produce one crop of figs a year, but when the same fig plant is grown in warmer climates it can crop at least … Continue Reading →

Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Red Angel’ (PBR) is also known by its common name of nerve plant, which references the Fittonia’s brightly coloured leaf veining. Fittonias are excellent terrarium plants, but you could also try growing this plant in a steamy bathroom, ensure you choose a location away from harsh, direct light or your plant … Continue Reading →

The common name of Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Forest Flame’ (PBR) is the nerve plant, referencing the decorative veining that highlights this plant’s leaves. Like other Fittonias, Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘Forest Flame’ (PBR) has specific growing conditions, this tender plant requires high humidity, moist, but well drained compost, and low to medium light levels … Continue Reading →

The common name of Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘White Anne’ is the nerve plant, this name references of course the coloured veining that decorate this little plant’s leaves. Fittonia albivenis (Verschaffeltii Group) ‘White Anne’ is a perfect plant to include if you’re looking to ‘lift’ the planting inside your terrarium.  This Fittonia is a great choice of … Continue Reading →

The common name of plants from the Fittonia albivenis Argyroneura Group is the nerve plant, this name refers to the Fittonia’s leaves and their distinctive veining.  Fittonias thrive when they’re grown in a terrarium, as these plants require low to medium light levels and high humidity to flourish.  When you’re looking to place your plants, avoid … Continue Reading →

Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’ is often referred to as the nerve plant due to the characteristically nerve like veining that this plant’s leaves display. Fittonia albivenis ‘Skeleton’ requires low to medium light levels, high humidity, and moist, but well drained compost to grow well.  The minimum temperature I would recommend for this plant would be 12C … Continue Reading →

Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ is an easy to grow, very hardy perennial, which can tolerate extremely low temperatures, down to as low as -20C (-4F) and possibly lower.  If you garden in a particularly cold climate, or in a very exposed, cold area, ensure that you really can offer your plant well drained soil over wintertime, … 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 →

Gypsophila is an easy to grow, hardy annual that is often used by florists and flower arrangers.  Ever since I can remember, Gypsophila has been a very popular wedding flower. Gypsophila plants produce sprays of numerous tiny white flowers, which form soft, airy floral clouds, creating a light display that is hopelessly pretty.  This is a … 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 →

Heliotrope, or Heliotropium, as is its official botanical name, are a larger group of flowering plants than you might perhaps expect, consisting of tender annuals and perennials, shrubs and sub shrubs. Heliotropes are usually thought of as flowering plants with dark purple flowers.  But Heliotropes can also be white flowered, and many different tones and … Continue Reading →

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Petit Orange’ (HibisQs Petit Series) is a new, smaller sized Hibiscus cultivar, which will flower on a sunny window sill from May until Christmas time.  The dark coloured foliage contrasts with the vibrant orange of the exotic looking blooms.

Hostas are a genus of very hardy, herbaceous perennials, which flourish when planted in moisture retentive soil, in light shade, to quite shaded conditions. Hostas are flowering plants.  Depending on the cultivar, Hostas flower from spring to late summertime, producing spikes of flowers, many of which are fragrant.  Hosta flowers may be white, pink, lilac, … Continue Reading →

Hyacinths are divinely fragrant bulbous plants that favour moist, but well drained soils and thrive when planted in a sunny or partially shaded spot.  If you’d like to grow hyacinths in your garden, you’ll find an array of Hyacinth cultivars available that produce pretty pastel toned flowers, as well as cultivars that produce vibrant, darker … Continue Reading →

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.

Lavandula angustifolia Little Lottie = ‘Clarmo’ is a small sized lavender cultivar which grows to about 40cm in height.  Lavandula angustifolia Little Lottie = ‘Clarmo’ produces grey green foliage and pretty, pale pink flowers, which are attractive to bees and butterflies.

Lavandula angustifolia ’Purity’ is a small sized lavender, which grows up to 40cm in height.  Lavandula angustifolia ’Purity’ features greyish green foliage and pure white flowers.  This lavender flowers in June and July, when it produces white, fragrant flowers, which are an attractive food source for bees and butterflies.  

Plants from the genus Lavandula, are usually referred to as lavenders.  Lavandula features over forty species and hundreds of cultivars, each with their own special differences.  You’ll find white, pink, purple, and blue flowered lavenders, with plants bearing flowers of every shade of these tones, and each colour in between! Lavender thrives when planted in … Continue Reading →

Leontopodium nivale subsp. alpinum Blossom of Snow (‘Berghman’), was bred by Herman Berghman, a Belgian florist, who was unable to source long-stemmed edelweiss plants that produced tall enough flowers to be useful in arrangements.  Herman Berghman spent the next ten years breeding a new edelweiss cultivar that met these requirements, and produced long stemmed edelweiss flowers … Continue Reading →

Lewisia longipetala ‘Little Snowberry’ is a new alpine plant which will make a lovely new addition to container, rock, and alpine gardens.  Plant in well-drained soil, in dappled shade.

Developed from Lilium ‘Kushi Maya’, Lilium ‘Yin’ is the result of eight years of breeding to develop a hybrid lily cultivar which grows in all free-draining soils – either acid or alkaline.

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.

Lupinus ‘Blossom’ is a a hardy perennial plant that produces spires of pea like flowers in a rather sweet pink tone. Lupinus ‘Blossom’ grows well even in poor soils.  Plant in full sunshine or in a partially shaded spot, for flowers from spring to summer time.  Further flowering can be encouraged by deadheading the spent … Continue Reading →

Lupinus ‘Rachel De Thame’ is a hardy perennial, which grows to 2.5ft (80cm) tall and 1.5ft (45cm) wide.  Plant in well-drained soil, in a position that receives full sun or dappled shade.

Dr Alan Warwick, a keen amateur gardener, found that one of the Malus × purpurea ‘Aldenhamensis’ plants he had grown from seed displayed a weeping habit, contrasting with the naturally upright habit of the parent plant.  Dr Warwick took the tree to Hillier Nurseries, who confirmed that this was indeed a new cultivar.

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 →

Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ is a small sub-shrub which produces green coloured, rose scented leaves, and pretty, pink flowers which are small in size and are borne in clusters during the summer months. Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ is a tender plant, which grows to around 45cm in height.    

Bred by Steven Pollard, Pelargonium ‘Rushmoor Amazon’ displays a new colour break within the Pelargonium genus, producing yellow coloured flowers, which display peach markings on their petals.

Pelargonium ‘Prince of Orange’ produces leaves that are fragranced with orange.  This very beautiful cultivar features many white flowers, which are brushed with pink, and purple markings.

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 caperata ‘Variegata’ is an easy to care for plant, it’s a great choice of plant for a terrarium or bottle garden, but this Peperomia grows just as well, sometimes better, when it’s grown as as a potted houseplant. Peperomia caperata … Continue Reading →

Peperomia prostrata is a rather charming plant that features exquisitely plump, perfectly round leaves that are dark green in colour, with a lighter green veining.  Peperomia prostrata is a low growing plant, with a creeping habit; this tender plant can be rather prostrate and mat forming in the manner of its growth.  Peperomia prostrata cascades rather beautifully over the … Continue Reading →

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.

Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’ is also known by its common name of the Blue Star Fern.  Phlebodium aureum ‘Blue Star’ is a great terrarium fern, as this fern thrives in evenly moist conditions (not well, this is not an aquatic plant!), in very humid growing conditions, in areas that receive low light. If you have … Continue Reading →

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 grows well in low light levels.  Harsh or direct light may scorch or damage this tender plant’s leaves. Pilea involucrata is commonly known as … Continue Reading →

Pinguicula are a very interesting genus of  carnivorous plants, they are often referred to as butterworts.  There are a great many species of Pinguicula, these plants originate from a wide range of locations including: America, Europe, and Asia. Inside my Orchidarium, I have planted two specimens of the Pinguicula hybrid that you see pictured above.  … 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 →

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 →

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 →

This rose was bred by David Austin Roses, and named for the The Brontë Society in remembrance of the bicentenary of the birth of the author Emily Brontë.  Emily Brontë is the sister of fellow novelists, Charlotte and Anne, who also stem from this renowned literary family.  Emily’s only novel, Wuthering Heights, was first published … Continue Reading →

Rosa ‘The Mill on the Floss’ (Austulliver) was bred by David Austin Roses.  This rose was introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018.  David Austin Roses named this new rose after the novel of the same name, which was written by the famous female author Mary Anne Evans, who is known by her pen name … Continue Reading →

Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ (Auscartoon) was bred by David Austin Roses and christened to mark the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the weekly cartoon created by Annie Tempest.  The Tottering-by-Gently cartoon was first published in Country Life magazine in January 1994.  Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ was introduced at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. Rosa ‘Tottering-by-Gently’ produces open, … Continue Reading →

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 nemorosa ‘Crystal Blue’ was discovered in Michigan in a field of Salvia, by Jerry Van Der Kolk.  This Salvia nemorosa‘s pale, lilac-blue flowers stood out as being different and rather beautiful, so this hardy perennial was grown on and developed for sale.

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.

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 →

Selaginella uncinata is also called by its common name of Peacock Moss, which references the blue-green, almost metallic colour of this stunning evergreen perennial’s foliage, which has an almost iridescent appearance, resembling the colouring of the peacock’s feathers.  The colour of Selaginella uncinata‘s foliage is most pronounced when this plant is grown in more deeply shaded … Continue Reading →

Snowdrops, or Galanthus, as is their botanical name, are delightful, perennial, bulbous plants, which originate from Italy, Turkey, the French Pyrenees, and other places in Europe and the Middle East.  It’s hard to say for certain just where any species of snowdrop first appeared, as these dear little plants are so charming and have found … 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, I must warn you it can be invasive. Soleirolia soleirolii produces tiny, rounded leaves, which add a delicate touch to terrarium planting indoors. Soleirolia soleirolia can be … Continue Reading →

Spathiphyllum wallisii is known widely by its common name of peace lily, which is such a charming name for this super plant!  In Europe, Spathiphyllum wallisii, is often grown as a houseplant, as this versatile plant, which originates from Colombia and Central America, where it’s popular with butterflies, thrives in a variety of conditions.  The peace lily … 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 →

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 →

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, is happy to grow by itself or up close to other plants in the border. Verbena bonariensis is one of the best plants … 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 →

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.  Wisteria plants may produce their flowers before their leaves, or they may be … Continue Reading →

Zamioculcas zamiifolia, more commonly known as the ZZ plant, is a tuberous, evergreen perennial plant with glossy green leaflets, which originates from Africa and other warm countries, where it can be found growing in forests and grasslands. Zamioculcas zamiifolia can be enjoyed as a versatile houseplant, which thrives when grown in a variety of conditions, from … Continue Reading →

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