29 Jan

Border Plant for Low-maintenance Gardens: Yucca filamentosa

If you are looking for a low-maintenance plant for garden borders, consider Yucca filamentosa – an evergreen, hardy and drought-tolerant plant.

Yucca filamentosa

Yucca filamentosa

On local nurseries, Yucca filamentosa is available with many different names: Adam’s needle, Spanish bayonet, Bear-grass and Needle-palm. The plant is known for its lovely white flowers and architectural structure that makes it a nice accent plant.

Yucca filamentosa thrives in a well-drained soil under partial sun. However, it can easily adapt itself to different types of soil and light conditions. For this reason, it makes a nice plant for gardens and landscapes where it forms small groups of shrubby plants with stem-less structure. A mature Yucca filamentosa can grow up to 1 meter in height and spread across 1.5 meter (however it takes around 20 years to attain this size).

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'

Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’

Yucca filamentosa is characterized by its sword-shaped, spine-tipped green leaves that form a tight rosette. The leaves change many shades from winter to spring. In spring, Yucca filamentosa produces a long stalk of beautiful white flowers. The flowers last for a long time and attract bees and butterflies.

Yucca filamentosa also offers a couple of popular cultivars that include:

Yucca filamentosa ‘Golden Sword’ – similar to ‘Bright Edge’, but larger.

Yucca filamentosa ‘Ivory Tower’ – creamy white flowers tinged with green.

Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ – broad yellow stripes all year, plus red stripes in the winter.

20 Jan

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12 Jan

Kalanchoe orgyalis, the Copper Spoons

The plant featured today is Kalanchoe orgyalis. It is a popular plant among landscape designers because of attractive colors and texture of the plant.

Kalanchoe orgyalis is characterized by succulent leaves that have tiny hair of copper-brown colors that gives its leave a felted substances and copper color. Fresh leaves have shiny copper color. As they grow old, they assume hues of silver making the plant even more attractive. Because of the shape and color of its leaves, Kalanchoe orgyalis is often known as Copper Spoons.

Kalanchoe orgyalis

Kalanchoe orgyalis /Image by Peter Kemmer

Native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of Africa, Kalanchoe orgyalis requires average water and a well-drained soil. Therefore it makes a nice landscape plant in warmer climates because it does not require much maintenance. In colder climates, Kalanchoe orgyalis can be grown as outdoor pot plant in summer and a nice indoor accent plant in winter.

Like other plants of its genus, Kalanchoe orgyalis can be propagated easily from leaf cuttings.

04 Jan

Gardeners: 30 Things to Do in 2014

Friends! What are your gardening resolutions for 2014? Why not try something that you have never done before? Here is a list of 30 things that I would suggest. If you have anything to add to this list, please do not hesitate to leave a comment below this post.

  1.  Build a miniature garden
  2. Start a gardening blog; share your knowledge
  3. Try a terrarium at home
  4. Grow a bonsai
  5. Invest in quality gardening tools
  6. Add new gardening books to your library
  7. Start/ participate in community garden
  8. Volunteer for a gardening project
  9. Prepare your own compost
  10. Go organic; ditch chemicals
  11. Participate in a seed/plant exchange program
  12. Donate plants to local gardens and schools
  13. Grow your own food (start a kitchen garden)
  14. Support a cause (lobby against GMO, promote organic food, save nature…)
  15. Visit your favorite garden
  16. Learn new gardening techniques
  17. Try growing plants that you have never grown before
  18. Participate in a plant show/ exhibit
  19. Give gift of plants on your friend’s birthday
  20. Pick up your camera and photograph plants/ flowers; share pictures online
  21. Try developing an espalier
  22. Replace your old lawn mower with a better one
  23. Grow fruit trees in your garden
  24. Reorganize your garden; make room for new plants
  25. Make potpourri from your own garden
  26. Host a meet up of local gardeners; share ideas
  27. Pool money with other gardeners to import new varieties
  28. Join a gardening club
  29. Collect, preserve and donate seeds
  30. Join a seed bank or start your own seed bank