Cineraria: planting, care, growing from seeds

Cineraria flowerCineraria (lat. Cineraria) is the genus in the family Asteraceae, or Compositae. Among the species of cineraria used in the ornamental horticulture there are both representatives of this genus, and the species that belong to the genus Senecio, tribes Senecioneae, the same family Asteraceae. Cineraria genus and Senecio genus are very close. There are about fifty representatives of the genus Cineraria that can be found in the wild, and according to different data there are from one to three thousand species of senecios. In this article we will tell you about the most popular species of both cinerarias and senecios used in the ornamental horticulture. So, the flowers of cineraria are...

Lobelia: planting and care, growing from seeds

Lobelia flowerLobelia (lat. Lobelia) is a genus of perennial and annual sub-shrubs, shrubs and herbaceous plants in the family Campanulaceae, although some scientists include them to the family with the same name – Lobeliaceae. The lobelia plant was named after the Flemish botanist Matthias de Lobel who was the superintendant of the royal botanical garden during the reign of James I. The lobelia flower grow almost in all parts of the world, but most of all it occurs in the subtropics and it can be rarely found in temperate zones. In total today there are about 300 species of lobelia. Some of them are raw materials for the production of drugs used to cure diseases of the lungs. In cultivation about 20 species of lobelia are used. Growing of lobelia and caring for it are not tiresome, so buy the seeds with confidence and decorate your garden with these sweet and cute flowers.

Lupin: planting and care, growing from seeds

Lupin flowerLupin (lat. Lupinus) is a genus in the legume family that is represented by both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, shrubs, sub-shrubs and low-growing sub-shrubs. In Latin “lupus” means “wolf”, and the plant itself is sometimes called “lupin beans”. In the wild lupin flowers occur in two regions: in the Mediterranean-African region there are 11 annual and 1 perennial species of lupin, and in the Western Hemisphere, from Patagonia to Alaska and from the Atlantic to the Pacific, there are about 200 species. Lupinus mutabilis (South American lupin) that was grown by the Incas, and lupinus polyphyllus (large-leaved lupin) are the only cultivated American species. Lupin plant is drought-resistant, so some of its species grow in the deserts of Arizona, California, Texas, Peru and Chile, and even in the Sahara. In 1911, the English breeder George Russell created highly ornamental species of lupins that were called “Russell hybrids”, and since then they have become a popular ornament of gardens and flower beds.

Godetia: growing, planting, care

Godetia flowerGarden flower godetia (lat. Godetia) is a herbaceous annual plant in the family Onagraceae that includes about twenty species, originating from the American continents. It is native to Southern California. The godetia plant received its name in honor of the famous Swiss botanist C. H. Godet who was the first to study and classify godetia. Since the 60s of the 19th century, the plant has taken its place in the gardens of Europe. The benefits of this garden plant are its low care requirements and beautiful silky flowers, similar to the flowers of azalea. The godetia flowers have a similarity with clarkia, also belonging to the family Onagraceae.

Heuchera: planting and care, growing

Heuchera flowerHeuchera, or alumroot, is a genus of rhizome herbaceous perennials in the family Saxifragaceae, cultural species and varieties of which are extremely in demand in modern landscape design. The plant received its name in honor of Johann Heinrich von Heucher, a German botanist and physician. Heuchera is native to the rocky regions of North America. It is a small shrub, up to 20 inches high, eye-catching with its luxurious, elegant foliage. Heuchera is a plant for gourmets, because during one period of vegetation it can change the color of the leaves, and even several times. No other plant is distinguished by such an array of shades and by so many variants of their combinations as heuchera, and especially its modern variegated varieties.

Fritillary: care, planting, growing and varieties

Fritillary flowersFritillary (lat. Fritillaria) is a genus of herbaceous perennials in the family Liliaceae. In the wild, there are about one hundred and fifty species of plants growing in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere, in Eastern or Western Asia. The fritillary plant received its name because the shape of the flower corolla resembled a box in which dice were carried and in Latin it was called “fritillus”.

Muscari: planting and care, growing and varieties

Muscari flowerMuscari (lat. Muscari), or grape hyacinth, is the genus of bulbous perennial plants in the family Asparagaceae, although it was formerly included in the family Liliaceae as a member of Hyacintheae tribe. There are about 60 species growing in the wild among bushes, on forest edges and on the slopes of the mountains of Central and Southern Europe, the Caucasus, Asia Minor, the Crimea and the Mediterranean. Flowers of grape hyacinth are one of the very first spring flowers, often cultivated for cutting. Grape hyacinth plant has a pleasant and quite strong aroma. Garden flowers of grape hyacinth, miniature and elegant, are an ornament of lawns, they are used on flower beds and in rock gardens, as well as bordering plants.

Narcissus: planting and care, varieties, growing

“He that has two cakes of bread,
let him sell one of them for some flower of the Narcissus,
for bread is the food of the body,
but Narcissus is the food of the soul.”

Flowers of daffodilsNarcissus (lat. Narcissus), or daffodil, is the genus of monocotyledonous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis), one of the earliest spring flowers. In the wild there are about sixty species of narcissus, mainly growing in the south of Europe, in the Mediterranean and in Asia. In cultivation, however, gardeners use 25 species and a large number of hybrid forms that are united under the name “hybrid narcissus”. It has long been believed that narcissus possesses various amazing properties and qualities. In the East narcissus is called “nargis” and often compared with the beautiful eyes of a lover. For the ancient Greeks the narcissus flowers were the embodiment of death since narcissi were used as the decoration of the deathbed, and in Europe during the Renaissance narcissus, on the contrary, became a symbol of love and marriage. In Italy even today a gift of daffodil bouquet is a declaration of love.

Daffodils have been used in perfumery and medicine from time immemorial: the name of the flower (in Greek “narkao” means “intoxicating, narcotic”) refers to the heady fragrance of narcissus that causes migraine, the toxic properties of its bulbs, and narcotic effects of narcissus oil. Containing Narciclasine alkaloid narcissus bulbs make flowers invulnerable to rodents. The narcissus plant was the height of the fashion at the end of the 19th century, and since then the flower and its fragrance have been very popular. Nowadays narcissi are commercially grown in the East for its essential oil. In China narcissi are used as New Year decorations, and in England it has become even more popular than rose, the queen of flowers. Well, and, of course, who among us did not smell, read or watch “Black Narcissus”?

Daylily: planting, care, varieties and growing

Daylily flowerDaylily (lat. Hemerocallis) is a herbaceous rhizome perennial in the subfamily Hemerocallidoideae, family Asphodelaceae. It is native to East Asia. Daylily has long been known since ancient times, but it was only in 1753 when the scientist Carl Linnaeus named it “hemerocallis”. Its name consists of two Greek words: “hemera” meaning “day”, and “callos” meaning “beautiful”. So its name refers to the fact that this beautiful flower lasts only one day. Not only are cultivated species and varieties of daylily beautiful, but also those growing in the wild. In addition, daylily flowers are so easy-to-grow plants that sometimes flower growers call them “perfect perennials”, but this is true only for old varieties. Thanks to the American and Australian breeders nowadays daylily is the height of fashion: the new varieties are so incredibly beautiful that even being more capricious than the old ones they are worth the time and efforts spent on them.

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Maple leaves is on the water pond.
The leaves are twirling ... The birds are silent ...
At the cold sky
Aster looks, radiant aster-star

Aster flowersAster (лат. Aster) is a genus of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the family Asteraceae, or family Compositae, including from 200 to 500 species according to various sources, most of which grow in North and Central America. In Europe, the aster flower was secretly brought from China by a French monk in the 17th century. The flower’s name comes from the Latin word “aster” meaning “star”. There is a Chinese legend about two monks that tried to reach the stars climbing the highest mountain of Altai for many days, but when they reached the summit, the stars above them were still far away and inaccessible. Then being disappointed, without food and water, after spending so many difficult days on the road, they returned to the foot of the mountain and saw a wonderful meadow with beautiful flowers. One of the monks said: “Look! We were looking for stars in the sky, but they live on the Earth!" The monks dug up a few flowers, brought them to their monastery, began to grow them and gave them the star name “asters”. Since ancient times in China asters have become a symbol of beauty, elegance, modesty and charm. Aster is a flower born under the sign of the Virgin, the symbol of the dream of the unknown, the gift of God to man, his guardian, his guiding star...