Category Archives: Houseplant

Pelargonium ‘Bridal Veil’ (Min/C)


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowersColoured-leaved Miniature pelargoniums are particularly compact plants in the Zonal section, growing to about 12cm tall and most suitable for use in containers such as window-boxes

‘Bridal Veil’ is a miniature cactus-flowered pelargonium with small leaves and clusters of white flowers with narrow petals

Common Name: pelargonium ‘Bridal Veil’
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: White in Summer
Hardiness: old H1+3 (required heated glass; may be grown outside in summer)
Color foliage: Green and Pale Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings or cut back old plants by one third and lift for storage in frost-free place to repot in spring when growth resumes
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Dieffenbachia ‘Tropic Snow’


Dieffenbachia are evergreen perennials with large, ovate leaves which are usually attractively mottled with white or yellow; flowering spathes are seldom produced in cultivation

‘Tropic Snow’ is a compact, almost stemless plant with ovate creamy-green leaves with darker green margins and midrib

Common Name: dumb cane ‘Tropic Snow’
Family: Araceae
Hardiness: H1a (heated greenhouse – tropical)
Color foliage: Cream and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 1-1.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: New growth is susceptible to damage by aphids
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Under glass grow in loam-based potting compost in bright filtered light with high humidity. Water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when in growth and keep just moist in winter
Garden characteristics: Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants

Hedera helix ‘Duckfoot’ AGM


Hedera are evergreen climbing shrubs clinging by aerial roots. Clusters of small yellow-green flowers are followed by usually black berries. Foliage of flowering shoots is often less deeply lobed than that of the sterile, climbing shoots

‘Duckfoot’ is a compact plant with shallowly 3-lobed, light green leaves, wedge-shaped at the base, hardy, but most often grown as a house or container plant

Common Name: ivy ‘Duckfoot’
Family: Araliaceae
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Pale Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Climbing
Habit: Aphids and glasshouse red spider mite may be a problem
Pruning: Pruning group 11 at any time
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained, preferably alkaline soil in sun or partial shade. Shelter from cold drying winds
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Wall-side Borders or Patio/Container Plants

Pelargonium ‘Francis Parrett’ (Min/d) AGM


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowers

Double-flowered Miniature pelargoniums are particularly compact plants in the Zonal section, growing to about 12cm tall and most suitable for use in containers such as window-boxes

‘Frances Parrett’ is a Miniature Zonal pelargonium to 12cm in height, with rounded leaves and clusters of single, vivid rose-pink flowers

Common Name: pelargonium ‘Francis Parrett’
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Summer
Hardiness: H1c (heated greenhouse – warm temperate)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings or cut back old plants by one third and lift for storage in frost-free place to repot in spring when growth resumes
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Cuphea hyssopifolia AGM


Cuphea can be annuals, perennials or evergreen shrubs, often with sticky hairs, opposite, simple leaves and tubular flowers with a showy calyx and small petals

C. hyssopifolia is a compact, bushy spreading evergreen shrub to 45cm in height, with small, lance-shaped dark green leaves and small clusters of light purple, pink or white flowers 1cm across

Common Name: false heather
Family: Lythraceae
Color flower: Pink, Purple or White in Autumn or Summer
Hardiness: H1c (heated greenhouse – warm temperate)
Color foliage: Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Spreading / Branched
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Pruning group 10 in spring if needed
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Best grown in well-drained soil in a sheltered site in sun or partial shade but shade from hot sun. Alternatively grow in a pot under glass or as a houseplant
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Flower borders and beds, Wall-side Borders or Patio/Container Plants

Pelargonium ‘Spanish Angel’ (A) AGM


Pelargonium can be perennials, sub-shrubs or shrubs, sometimes succulent and mostly evergreen, with palmately lobed or pinnately divided leaves and clusters of slightly irregular, 5-petalled flowers

Angel pelargoniums are compact, bushy perennials with small, rounded leaves, sometimes scented, and clusters of small single flowers in shades of pink, red purple or white

‘Spanish Angel’ grows to 30cm with flowers to 3.5cm across, upper petals deep blackish-red with bright magenta margins, lower petals pale lilac with deep red centre and dark veining near margins

Common Name: pelargonium ‘Spanish Angel’
Family: Geraniaceae
Color flower: Black, Purple, Pale Purple and Dark Red in Summer
Hardiness: H1c (heated greenhouse – warm temperate)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Vine weevil, leafhoppers, caterpillars, thrips, fungus gnats and aphids can be troublesome. aphids are generally more problematic on over-wintered plants
Pruning: Deadhead regularly
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Grow in fertile well-drained soil in full sun. Remove spent flowers. To overwinter, grow small plants in late summer from cuttings
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants

Pleiospilos bolusii AGM


Pleiospilos are small, stemless, succulent perennials mostly with one or two pairs of very fleshy, grey-green leaves united at the base, and daisy-like yellow or orange flowers, sometimes coconut-scented, in late summer and autumn

P. bolusii is a succulent perennial to 5cm in height, with a pair of very thick triangular grey-green leaves to 7cm in length, and fragrant, bright yellow, daisy-like flowers to 8cm across

Common Name: mimicry plant
Family: Aizoaceae
Color flower: Yellow in Autumn and Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: Aphids may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in bright, filtered light. When in growth water sparingly but regularly and feed every two or three weeks with a low nitrogen liquid feed. Keep dry in the winter
Garden characteristics: Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants

Conophytum flavum AGM


Conophytum are dwarf succulent perennials forming clumps of “bodies” comprising a pair of very fleshy leaves, united in the lower part, with solitary daisy-like flowers appearing from the central fissure; the leaves usually shrivel after flowering

C. flavum is a succulent perennial forming a clump of paired, partially united greyish leaves, with solitary pale to deep brown flowers in autumn

Common Name: yellow cone plant
Family: Aizoaceae
Color flower: Brown and Pale Brown in Autumn
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by aphids
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow under glass in a mixture of two parts each sharp sand and loam and one part leaf mould, in full light. Provide low humidity. Water sparingly when in growth and keep completely dry at other times. No additional fertilizer is needed
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants