Lovely Lilac

Syringa is a genus of deciduous and woody shrubs known for their beautiful fragrant flowers and ability to survive cold and temperate climates. Native to Asia, Europe and South Africa, many varieties and hybrids of Syringa are grown worldwide as ornamental plants in gardens and landscapes. The most common of all species is Syringa vulgaris […]

Lovely and Unusual, Moraea tortilis: The Spiral Grass

Moraea tortilis or Spiral Grass is a bulbous plant known for its very unusual and ornamental twisting and curly leaves that resemble a corkscrew. Native to limited regions of Namibia and South Africa, Moraea tortilis is a hardy and drought tolerant plant. In cultivation, it can be propagated in a well-drained soil and under sunny exposure. […]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Green Thumbs

1. Louvered Wooden Planters ($49.99 / gardeners.com) – Wooden planters with a grow bag inside. Neat surface finish with option to paint to match garden theme. 2. Sue Patrick Garden Labels ($5 per label/ etsy.com) – Made from white stoneware clay and finished with a clear glaze, these lovely labels are a creative way to mark plants and […]

Pachypodium lamerei: The Madagascar Palm

Pachypodium is a genus of caudiciform succulents from the family of Plumeria. The plants in this genus are characterized by thick, succulent stems that are usually covered by long spines and crowned by lance-shaped leaves that are arranged in a circular fashion. Belonging to Africa and Madagascar, Pachypodium are quite hardy plants that can adapt […]

Landscaping with Ornamental Grasses

In an earlier post, I shared nine ornamental grasses that you can use for designing your garden landscape. Today, I am sharing some brilliant examples of landscapes and gardens that use ornamental grasses. Growing ornamental grasses in containers – a brilliant idea indeed. A nice use of hardy and drought tolerant grass in a xeriscape. […]

9 Examples of Amazing Miniature Pothole Gardens

Being an experimental gardener, I have a special interest in miniature gardens. For me it is not about lack of garden space; it is all about adding novelty and creativity to the hobby. Steve Wheen has, however, gone beyond traditional methods of miniature gardening. He has taken his miniature gardens to the potholes of London streets – […]