PERILLA, Annual Flower Information

PERILLA Perilla is mentioned here because in years past it was a great favorite as a foliage plant. The leaves are dark purple and have a metallic luster causing the plant to resemble a Coleus. It grows about 1/2 feet tall. The pinkish flowers, in form like those of Catnip, are inconspicuous. Perilla frutescens is the species but there are […]

Plant care for Petunia, Annual Flower Information

PETUNIA (Named from petun, Brazilian name for tobacco, to which Petunia is allied) Every one has some room for Petunias because they are the most profuse flowering of any annual. Few other annuals produce so many of such large flowers. The colors have been improved to such an extent that there are now varieties to please us all. Recently nearly […]

PHACELIA, Annual Flower Information

PHACELIA (Named from the Greek for cluster; refers to clustering of flowers) The best known sort is Phacelia campanularia, the Harebell Phacelia, which bears Gentian-blue, bell-shaped flowers with contrasting white stamens on one-sided curved racemes. The plants grow 9 inches tall and are somewhat hairy. They remain in bloom for a long time, the flowers being produced in one-sided curving […]

Plant care for PHLOX Texas pride, Annual Flower Information

PHLOX – Texas pride (Name from Greek for a flame, perhaps first applied to another plant) The brilliance and clean colors of the annual Phlox, P. drummondi. make it a favorite in the garden. The flowers range from white to pink, primrose, scarlet, crimson, rose, and lavender, some being perfectly clear while others have dark or white eyes. An interesting […]

Plant care for Hunnemannia – Goldencup, Annual Flower Information

HUNNEMANNIA – Goldencup (Giant Yellow-tulip poppy) (Bush-eschscholtzia) (Named for John Hunnemann, an English botanist) An aristocrat among the Poppies, the Goldencup, bears a difficult botanical name, Hunnemannia fumariaefolia. The buttercup-yellow flowers are like those of California-poppies except that they are more crinkled, and of greater substance, furthermore, the plants are upright. The leaves are glaucous and thick, but finely cut. […]

Plant care for Impatiens – Balsam (Snap weeds) (Touch-me-not), Annual Flower Information

IMPATIENS – Balsam (Snap weeds) (Touch-me-not) (Name from Impatiens, refers to elasticity of seed capsules, which when ripe spring open) The Garden Balsam or Lady slipper (Impatiens balsamina) is an old-fashioned favorite which is again coming into its own. The double and semi-double sorts, well called Camellia-flowered, are practically the only ones grown. These plants are closely related to the […]

Plant care for Ionopsidium – Diamond flower, Annual Flower Information

IONOPSIDIUM – Diamond flower (Carpet plant)(Violet cress) (From io-the violet; violet-like, referring to the color of the flowers) Related to Candytuft, lonopsidium acaule is one of the most charming of the diminutive plants. It comes from Portugal. The flowers are violet, small, but borne in great numbers. The plants are not over 8 or 4 inches tall but the flower […]

Plant care for Layia – Tidytips, Annual Flower Information

LAYIA Tidytips (Named for Thomas Lay, naturalist) A California Daisy-like annual, Layia elegans, has yellow flowers with the rays often white-tipped. The plants are more or less hairy throughout. It grows about 12 inches tall. USE. The unusual white tipped yellow Daisies serve to distinguish this annual from most others. It may be considered a garden subject or cut flower. […]

Grow your own fruit and veg: The beginners guide

Growing your own fruit and veg for beginners – sound too much like hard work? It’s actually easier than you think. Planting your own food is a great way to eat for less, eat fresh, and pack in your five-a-day. Research suggests 72% of us are interested in growing our own produce, so why do so many of us put […]

Plant care for GYPSOPHILA Babysbreath, Annual Flower Information

GYPSOPHILA Babysbreath (Name derived from gupsos, gypsum; phileo, to love, meaning that it prefers limestone soil) This is one of the smallest, daintiest flowers of the garden. Two species are commonly grown: Gypsophila elegans and G. muralis, both of which grow 1/2 feet tall, and bear tiny white, pink, and rose-colored flowers upon fine, wiry, much-branched stems. Where to plant. […]