Tropical Foliage Plants for Beginners: Hoffmannia

Hoffmannia is a genus of evergreen foliage plants from tropical climates of South and Central America. These medium and low growing plants are known for their lovely foliage which makes them a good choice for landscapes as well as container gardening. Usually propagated form cuttings, most species of Hoffmannia root easily and establish themselves quickly […]

Physostegia Virginiana, The Obedient Plant

Physostegia is a small genus of herbaceous perennials that are grown for their showy flowers. Most species produce white, pink or mauve flowers that appear on long stalks from mid-summer to early autumn. Physostegia plants are commonly known as Obedient Plant because the flower heads have tendency to retain whatever position they are moved to. […]

Ornamental and Edible Plants for Tropical Climate: Colocasia

Colocasia is a genus of around 25 tropical species of lovely foliage plants known for their large, ornamental leaves. These tropical plants are suitable as waterside plants where they provide a spectacular show of fresh green leaves and fill empty spaces. Colocasia can also be grown as border plants, in mass plantation schemes or just […]

Natural Insect Repellent: Nepeta Cataria, the Catnip Plant

Nepeta is a large genus of perennial plants that grow naturally in parts of Asia, Europe and Africa. Commonly known as Catmint or Catnip, Nepeta grow as small shrubs or subshrubs and herbs. One of the commonly grown species is Nepeta Cataria, which is a good candidate for a nice border plant or ground cover. […]

Ornamental Grass for Lovely Landscapes: Miscanthus sinensis

I have a special liking for grasses when it comes to selecting accent plants for landscapes and gardens. Though usually under-valued, grasses, like Pampas or Miscanthus, can add a soft and striking look to any garden or landscape design. They are easy to maintain, do not require special attention and look good in any season […]

Colorful Shrub for Hedges and Screens: Photinia Glabra ‘Rubens’

Today’s featured plant is Photinia Glabra ‘Rubens’ – another tropical shrub ideal for hedges, dividers, screen, topiary projects or outdoor specimen plant – very versatile plant indeed. Native to Pakistan and parts of South and East Asia, Photinia is grown for its colorful foliage. Typically, a plant would contain old green leaves and new growth […]