Althaea – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Althaea (al-the-a) Referring to its medicinal use, from the Greek althaea, to cure (Malvaceae). genus of easily grown plants comprising annuals, biennials and perennials. Biennial species cultivated A. ficifolia (fig-leaved or Antwerp hollyhock), to 6 feet, single or double flowers in spikes of mostly yellow, June. A. rosea, hollyhock, erect-growing, to 9 feet or sometimes a good […]

Euphorbia – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Euphorbia Euphorbia (u-for-be-a) Named after Euphorbus, physician to King Juba of Mauritania (Euphorbiaceae). A genus of about a thousand species, widely distributed, mainly in temperate regions, showing immense diversity of form and requirements. They include annual, biennial and perennial herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees and succulent plants. The decorative parts are really bracts, often colourful, round the […]

Hepatica – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Hepatica Hepatica (he-pat-ik-a) From the Greek hepar, liver, from a supposed resemblance of the leaves to that organ (Ranunculaceae). A genus of three or four species of low-growing hardy perennials, sometimes included in the genus Anemone and growing wild in woodlands over the whole of the north temperate zone. Species cultivated H. americana (syns. H. triloba, Anemone […]

How to grow brussels sprouts

Brussels Sprouts This important member of the cabbage family, known botanically as Brassica oleracea var. gemmifera (Cruciferae), originated in Belgium. The popularity of the vegetable is due not only to the fact that picking can be extended over a long period, but it can stand up to severe winter weather. It is indeed one of the most valued of brassica […]

Heracleum – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Heracleum Heracleum (her-ak-le-um) Named after Hercules who is said to have discovered the plants medicinal uses, or after heracles, a plant dedicated to Hercules ( Umbelliferae). Cow parsnip. Vigorous and coarse-growing hardy perennials suitable for the wilder parts of the garden. Two species are natives of Great Britain. Species cultivated H. mantegazzianum, 7-9 feet, small white flowers […]

How to grow Rhubarb plant

Because the roots continue to crop for up to ten years after planting, special attention should be given to choosing a suitable site for rhubarb and preparing it well. The bed should not be shaded and should be dug deeply. Any roots of perennial weeds must be removed when digging. Where dung is available, this should be dug in at […]

Convolvulus – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Convolvulus (kon-volvu-lus) From the Latin convolvo, to entwine, as some of the species do (Convolvulaceae). A valuable race of plants both annual and perennial, herbaceous or sub-shrubby. Flowers are bell-shaped throughout and highly attractive. Hardy perennial species cultivated C. althaeo ides, 1-2 feet, pink flowers, summer. C. cantabrica, 1 foot, pink flowers, mid to late summer. C. […]

Hesperis – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Hesperis Hesperis (hes-per-is) From the Greek hesperos, evening, when the flowers of some species become fragrant (Cruciferae). A genus of hardy plants including biennial and perennial species. Similar in form to Matthiola and Cheiranthus, and native to Europe and W. and N. Asia. Perennial species cultivated H. matronalis, sweet rocket, dame’s violet, dame’s rocket, 2-3 feet, flowers […]

Saxifraga- Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to Grow Saxifraga Saxifraga (sax-ee-fra-ga) From the Latin saxum, rock or stone, and frango, to break, alluding either to its ancient medicinal use for ‘breaking’ stones in the bladder or to the supposed ability of the roots to penetrate and assist the breakdown of rocks (Saxifragaceae). Saxifrage, rockfoil. A genus of some 370 species of mainly dwarf tufted perennial […]

How to grow Cauliflower

Cauliflower Cultivation A deeply-dug well-manured soil in an open sunny position is best, but the ideal condition is when the crop follows a heavily manured one such as early potatoes. Apply a dressing of superphosphate at 55g (2oz) per sq m (sq yd) prior to planting. As for other brassicas the soil must be well firmed. The earliest cauliflowers for […]