Cineraria plants are short-lived in most regions, because they are not frost-hardy, and are usually discarded once the flowers fade, though they can also be kept as flowering houseplants. They are easy-care plants and will reward the grower with plentiful delightful blooms so long as their soil is kept moist.
Lush, flowering and fruiting climbers and vines look gorgeous, plus provide much-needed habitats and food for wildlife. Let’s learn about some of the best trellis-friendly climbers and vines.
Classic florist flowers such as calla lily, gerbera, and orchids are often considered the most beautiful in the world by default. While it is certainly true that they are among the truly most appealing ones, I have tried to go beyond that and explore some not as obvious examples of striking floral beauty that are also garden and wildlife-friendly.
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.
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.
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
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.