Cupheas, otherwise known as firecracker plants or cigar plants constantly surprise me with their ease of care and unique gangbuster flowers. Their flowers are tiny, but so abundant you see bright, cheery color at a distance. I would say for the Mediterranean climate garden, Cupheas with their tiny tubular hummingbird happy flowers, are an excellent addition to the garden or a container.
There are 700 – 1000 Salvias, the largest genus in the mint family. In this post we’re focusing on TEN amazing Salvia plants (Sages) for your garden or container. Blooming as we speak (late August) and flowering like gangbusters much of Spring – Fall, this genus of herbal and ornamental plants is one of my personal favorites.
I’ve got many blog posts queuing up. This one, though, is a topic for you if you love flowers and want to see more color in your garden – Winter-Spring-Summer and Fall. Maybe even all 12 months…
Hello and Happy 2019 to you from Judy and me at Passionategardeners!!! Thanks for checking in. Now you may be wondering, WHY, in the middle of January, I decided to write a post about “favorite roses at the Berkeley Rose Garden” but there is a reason- the main one being, January, is key time for annual […]
If you like tough perennials, Coreopsis is all that and more! This genus is known for its vigorous daisy flowers: they are bright, cheery and either shades of yellow or red. The species, Coreopsis verticillata – (a.k.a Threadleaf coreopsis) pictured here, is an excellent choice for the sunny garden.
Don’t miss it. The 2018 spring wildflowers are out and they are a lot of fun to spot. The other day I enjoyed a Marin headlands hike cruising up some trails in Tennessee Valley. I was pleasantly surprised to find over 12 different wildflowers, a few I still have no idea what they are. If you like discovering wildflowers and hiking here’s a photo illustration of my recent findings.
A flower that looks like an Umbrella…really? Yup. If you’ve passed these by before, these cool flat flower heads make excellent cut flowers and last quite a long time in a vase. The umbel flower to the left is the very delicate looking Queen Anne’s Lace. I really love the way it looks all by itself in a vase.
Some like it hot, some like it spicy. So today, let’s get inspired by the color orange. If you like orange, and want to add some punch to a container or the garden, here is a small selection…
W is for Watsonia. I absolutely love this spring blooming bulb. But it has some bad habits. Not all of them. Not all Watsonias. But there is one that can act like the black sheep in the family, and run amok and run crazy.
Do you buy flowers regularly, or now and again to give yourself and your house a little spoiling? I do. Though I also like to use what’s growing in the garden. Below are a beautiful bunch of good cut flowers