Ornamental Red Ginger Plant: Alpinia purpurata

Alpinia purpurata, commonly known as Red Ginger, is an ornamental perennial that forms large leafy clumps. Originally native to tropical regions of the Central America and Asia, Alpinia purpurata is grown in many parts of the world as ornamental foliage plant. Like other plants in this genus, Alpinia purpurata grows best in a rich soil […]

Lovely Foliage and Flowering Trees: Melaleuca

Melaleuca is a genus of evergreen shrubs and small trees from Australia. The genus is known for its horticultural use as well as medicinal effects and soothing properties. Melaleuca are popular ornamental plants in tropical or sub-tropical climates where they are grown for their vibrant foliage and attractive flowers. The foliage is usually fragrant, the […]

Lovely Succulent Plants for Landscapes: Dudleya

Dudleya is a small genus of rosette-forming succulent plants form California and Mexico. Grown for their lovely formation, most Dudleyas are strikingly beautiful when grown in landscapes or as specimen plants. A Dudleya is usually characterized by a green or silvery-white, succulent leaves that grow on a short stem to form a small rosette. Most […]

Storing Kitchen Garden Harvest without a Refrigerator

One of our family friends is an avid kitchen gardener. He grows a lot of things – herbs, vegetables, fruits, beans etc. The harvest is always more than what his family and neighbors can consume, so I often receive vegetables and fruits that consume all the space in my refrigerator – hardly knowing that I could keep them fresh outside […]

Serruria florida, the Blushing Bride

The beautiful plant in this picture is Serruria florida or Blushing Bride – as it is commonly known in horticulture. Serruria florida represents a genus of approximately 50 species of evergreen shrubs. Almost all plants from the genus of Serruria produce exquisite and long lasting flowers. Serruria florida itself is grown for long lasting cut […]

Tropical Shrubs and Trees for Lovely Flowers: Tibouchina

Tibouchina (Buy Online), commonly known as Princess Flower or Glory Flower, is a genus of beautiful bloomers from tropical regions of Mexico and the Americas, especially Brazil. When in bloom, Tibouchina plants are perfect head turners with bunches of vivid pink and purple flowers. How to Grow Tibouchina The genus includes evergreen shrubs and small trees that love warm […]