October 14th, 2012 by waqas
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Ixora coccinea ‘Jacqueline’ is one of the many popular hybrids of Ixora coccinea. The plant is popular for its salmon orange blooms and evergreen foliage. Like other plants of the genus, Ixora ‘Jacqueline’ prefers a well-drained, loamy and slightly acidic soil. Suitable for outdoor plantation, this beautiful hybrid is a bit fussy about moisture and temperature. The idea place for Ixora ‘Jacqueline’ in a garden is a sunny spot where it receives bright sunlight but protection from frosty winters.
Ixora coccinea ‘Jacqueline’/ Image by Troy Mckaskle
Ixora ‘Jacqueline’ is characterized by glossy foliage and shrubby growth that can be easily control by regular pruning. Ixora ‘Jacqueline’ does not like being moved around and often drops flower buds when moved around. Clusters of showy flowers appear almost all through the summer. The plant benefits from general purpose fertilizer every fortnight during the flowering season.
Ixora coccinea ‘Jacqueline’ has many common names including Jungle Flame, Jungle Geranium, Flame of the Woods, Needle Flower, and West Indian Jasmine.
October 12th, 2012 by waqas
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Tetrapanax papyriferus is an evergreen shrub often growing in to a small tree (up to 6 meters). It is commonly known as Rice-paper Plant or Chinese Paper Plant because in ancient China, the plant was used in making paper. Today, it is well known as a useful plant in horticulture.
Tetrapanax papyriferus, Chinese Paper Plant/ Image by Bettaman (flickr)
Tetrapanax papyriferus is fast growing plant that can be grown in almost any soil and a wide range of climatic conditions. The plant produces large, green leaves that appear along a solitary trunk. The fresh green and prominent foliage of Tetrapanax papyriferus makes it a useful plant for landscapes and gardens. Fluffy white flowers are insignificant and appear in large clusters.
Tetrapanax papyriferus can be propagated from suckers. Since the plant is not fussy about growing conditions, it can be grown under full to partial sun with moderate watering throughout the year.
October 10th, 2012 by waqas
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Eucharis is a small genus of tropical bloomers from South America – particularly from the rainforests of the western basin of the Amazon. These lovely bloomers are quite easy to grow and produce lovely flowers almost all through the year in tropical climates. The most popular species in the genus is Eucharis grandiflora which is supposed to be a cross of Eucharia moorei and Eucharia sanderi.
Eucharis grandiflora is an excellent plant for containers as well as gardens. It is suitable for growing in shaded parts of the garden where it requires filtered sunlight and moist soil. The plant is characterized by green and glossy foliage that makes this plant very attractive. Daffodils-like flowers of white color appear on long stalks. Flowers are fragrant and last long that is why, it makes an excellent choice as cut flower.
Eucharis grandiflora, the Amazon Lily /Image by Jan Smith
Eucharis grandiflora is commonly known as Amazon Lily because of its origin. In its natural habitat, Eucharis grandiflora produces large clumps that are often found full of flowers. Since these plants come from tropical climate, they require protection from frost and freezing temperature.
October 8th, 2012 by waqas
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Coprosma is a genus of ornamental and very useful shrubs and small trees from New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. These evergreen plants are known for their glossy and leathery foliage that makes them attractive houseplants. Most species of Coprosma are quite easy to grow and maintain. Traditionally these foliage plants have been used to make effective hedges and borders. However, Coprosma offers a wide variety of small to large ornamental shrubs that can be grown as specimen plants in gardens and landscapes.
Coprosma ‘Tequila Sunburst’/ Image by Leonora Enking
Most species of Coprosma can be grown in poor and sandy soil though they benefit from rich and loamy soil as well. Young plants require regular watering until they are established and are ready to withstand drought. The best spot for Coprosma plants is a brightly lit corner where it can establish its roots and become a sturdy plant.
Popular species of Coprosma include:
Coprosma repens (Mirror Plant) – Grows as small tree and can be trimmed back to make an ornamental border or hedge.
Coprosma robusta – A quick growing and a sturdy, small tree that can grow up to 3 meters; good choice for creating borders and screens.
Coprosma ernodeoides/ Image by David Eickhoff
A number of hybrids and new cultivars are widely grown these days. Some of the popular cultivars are:
Coprosma ‘Pacific Sunset’, Coprosma ‘Clearwater Gold’, and Coprosma ‘Rainbow Surprise’.