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06 Jun

Evergreen Flowering Shrub for Beautiful Hedges: Hebe

Native of New Zealand, Hebe is a genus of beautiful flowering shrubs with glossy leaves and attractive flowers of purple, blue, white, pink and mauve colors. Flowers are small and appear in the form of spikes. These frost resistant shrubs are a good choice for hedging especially when used as wind breaker.

Hebe, Flowering Shrub for Hedges

Hebe, Flowering Shrub for Hedges, Image by Lindsay Smith

How to Grow Hebe

Hebe requires regular water and bright sunlight. Most species of Hebe are fast growing in coastal climates and should be pruned regularly to form neat flowery hedges. Hebe would grow almost any soil but it prefers well drained and slightly acidic soil. Hebe is propagated from seeds and cuttings.

Popular Varieties of Hebe

Hebe x Andersoni: It is a small shrub with lavender flowers and glossy leaves that often tend to variegate.

Hebe Speciosa: It is a winter flowering shrub and bears purple flowers.

Hebe Salicifolia: A summer bloomer, Hebe Salicifolia produces abundant flowers of light pink color in summer.

For further information on Hebe, the best source is The Hebe Society website.

24 May

Beautiful Landscape Tree, Pandanus

Pandanus is a large genus of about 600 trees and shrubs from Asia and Africa. Most plants in this species have broad and dense leaves. These deciduous plants produce male and female flowers on separate plants. Fruits resemble the fruit of pineapple plant. Pandanus are a good choice for planting outdoors for their handsome foliage. They also make spectacular container plants for ornamental purposes.

Pandanus Utilis, Landscape Tree

Pandanus Utilis, Landscape Tree

How to Grow Pandanus

Since most species of Pandanus grow alongside coastal belts, they require humidity and generous watering. Most species can be propagated from stem cuttings, offsets, tubers, or by layering.

Popular Varieties of Pandanus

Pandanus Utilis: Commonly known as Madagascar Screw Pine, Pandanus Utilis turns into a medium sized tree of about 20 meters. The trunk is stout and bears a canopy of twisted, fan-like leaves. Leaves are usually 2 meters or long. This is a perfect plant if you are looking for a striking landscape design. Grown for its leaves that are used for many purposes, Pandanus Utilis is evergreen tree and can be propagated easily from root balls, cuttings, or offsets.

Pandanus Utilis Fruit

Fruit of Pandanus Utilis

25 Apr

Crape Jasmine, Flowering Bush

Normally known as Moonbeam, Chandani (in Urdu) and Crape Jasmine, Tabemaemontanus Coronaria is an excellent evergreen and ornamental bush for lawns and gardens. Abundance of dazzling white flowers justifies the name Moonbeam – just watch the beauty of its small white flowers under moonlight.

Crape Jasmine, Tabemaemontanus Coronaria

Image © Tony Rodd

Culture

Tabemaemontanus produces glossy leaves of dark green color and gains a height of 1.8 meters or so. The ash grey trunk is woody and grows short twigs. Like most species of Tabemaemontanus, Moonbeam can be pruned to grow in limited space as ornamental bush. The plant exudes milky sap which is used in preparation of psychedelics. The juice from the leaves is used to cure ophthalmia.

Flowers of Tabemaemontanus Coronaria

Wild plants would bear scattered white flowers; however, some hybrid species of Tabemaemontanus Coronaria bear double, fragrant flowers of pale-yellow color. These charming blooms can be used as cut flowers that last long and make excellent decoration.

Moonbeam, White Flower

Image © Windydear on Flickr

How to Grow Moonbeam/Crape Jasmine

The origin of this ornamental bush is not known but it grows wildly in most parts of Indian sub-continent. Tabemaemontanus Coronaria does not require much care. It grows well at sunny locations in tropical and sub-tropical climates (plants in bright sunlight produces more blooms) where it receives moderate water throughout the year. Tabemaemontanus can be grown from layers or cuttings.

Tabemaemontanus was named by a 16th century botanist. Tabemaemontanus literally means ‘used for garlands.’