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Water lilies are the most popular aquatic blooming plants, and aside from being beautiful, they offer several benefits to ponds, lakes, and water features. Water lilies create shade in the water, which is beneficial to both fish and the health of the pond or lake.
Red spider lilies are native to China, Korea, and Nepal, though they were introduced to Japan in the 1800s where they naturalized and have become symbolically associated with death. The flowers of this plant have an unusual look, and bloom in early fall in vivid red. They last just a week or two, during which time they fade to a coral-pink.
Stargazer lilies are a hybrid that was developed in 1974 by crossing Lilium auratum and Lilium speciosum, with the specific intention of creating an upward-facing flower. They are an oriental lily hybrid, as their ‘parent’ plants were native to East Asia.
Grasshoppers are among the most ancient insects on the planet, dating back to the Triassic period. They belong to the Caelifera sub-order, which encompasses around 12,000 species of grasshopper, cricket, and related insects.
If you have a gardener to purchase a gift for, you may be struggling for ideas, but in fact, gardeners are typically easy people to buy gifts for if you have a little bit of inspiration. And that’s where we come in!
Mammillaria is a genus within the Cactus family, which comprises over 300 varieties. The name ‘mammillaria’ comes from the Latin word for ‘nipple,’ which these cacti are said to resemble. Some types of mammillaria are extremely common and are popularly kept as houseplants or grown outdoors in warm climates. There are also some rarer varieties that are in demand with Cactus collectors.
Melons are a type of fruit that belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and grow on vines that sprawl across the ground or can be kept upright with support. These plants are not typically attractive in their own right but are widely cultivated for the delicious fruits they produce. They have been grown for over 4,000 years as an important food source in areas such as Egypt and Africa.
This plant is a small succulent with densely packed fleshy blue-green leaves which form a rosette shape. They produce flowers in summer which are white and held high above the plant on peduncles measuring up to 12 inches. These blooms are considered insignificant, and the plant is instead cultivated for its unique and attractive leaves.
This hybrid shrub has ovate foliage that unfurls in a striking red color, then develops into a dark green after several weeks. It blooms heavily with cream-colored flowers, though many gardeners choose to prune the buds as they emerge as the flowers emit a foul smell.

Torch aloes are a type of cactus or succulent that is closely related to the more commonly known aloe vera plant, alo

Yoshino Cherry Trees are a hybrid between Prunus speciosa and Prunus subhirtella ‘Rosea.’ This hybrid can occur naturally or via cultivation. It is highly regarded in Japan as one of the most beautiful flowering trees and has become popular around the world as an ornamental tree since its introduction to North America and Europe in the early 1900s.
The Forest Pansy is a type of redbud that can be grown as a large shrub or a small to medium-sized tree. It has an interesting multi-branching habit, and when mature, takes on an attractive non-symmetrical shape with a flat top.
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