2017 FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW

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Desert Rose ‘Adenium obesum’ shades of pink, white, red and yellow’ this tropical , hearty plant lends structure and beauty to your landscape, drought tolerant, poropogates easily from seed pods

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Kalanchoe Luceia, beautiful succulent, likes sun, low water.

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Aloe Hybrid, likes clay soil and flowers annually with these spectacular spikes, really a sub tropical aloe!

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Turks Cap,Barrel cacti (melon cactus) is a genus of cactus with about 30-40 species. They are native to the Caribbean,

Barrel cacti of some species easily reach over 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height at maturity, and have been known to reach 10 feet in some regions. The ribs are numerous and pronounced, and the spines are long and can range in color from yellow to tan to red, depending on the age of the plant and the species. Flowers appear at the top of the plant when mature with a small red fruit.

 



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Torch Ginger

Etlingera elatior (also known as torch ginger, ginger flower, red ginger lily, torch lily, wild ginger, 800px-Torch_Ginger_(macro)is a species of herbaceous perennial plant. Botanical synonyms include Nicolaia elatior, Phaeomeria magnifica, and Alpinia magnifica.

The showy pink flowers are used in decorative arrangements, we call them tropicals, they require lots of moisture and semi shade, torch ginger flowers may reach 17 to 20 feet in height. Plant it where it is somewhat protected from the wind, which can snap the shoots of this tropical plant. Due to the large height, growing torch ginger in containers may not be feasible.Fertilise with food high in potassium for the best blooms.

Gloriosa

 

Gloriosa is a genus of 12 species in the plant family Colchicaceae, and include the formerly recognised genus Littonia. They are native in tropical and southern Africa to Asia, and naturalised in Australia and the Pacific as well as being widely cultivated.[2] The most common English names are flame lily, fire lily, gloriosa lily, glory lily, superb lily, climbing lily, and creeping lily.

 

They are tender, tuberous rooted deciduous perennials, adapted to summer rainfall with a dormant dry season. All parts of the plant contain colchicine and related alkaloids and are therefore dangerously toxic if ingested, and contact with the stems and leaves can cause skin irritation. Various preparations of the plant are used in traditional medicines for a variety of complaints in both Africa and India. In Indian language of Telugu, in the state of Andhra Pradesh it is called Naabhi and was used in traditional medicine.

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‘Hibiscus Hawaii,’ family is Malavaceae,

There are several hundred species, the genus include both annual and perenial, and several hundred varieties all grow to a woody shrub,some hibiscuses are edible,

How to grow: they grow well in full sun, and should to be watered during the dry periods for them to thrive, feed them with Fish Fertiliser or a solution of 20-20-20  once or twice a year

When to grow: In the Tropics all year round, they flower daily

Perfect plant for most gardens, with great colours and form and consistent flowers.hibiscus wallpaper

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys (Brazilian Red Cloak)

The Red Cloak is well suited to almost any cultural situation. It will grow just as well in shade as in full sun. It is partial to light, high organic soil, but will also thrive in very poor soil. It would rather have a moist condition, but again, will do just find in dry settings. If you apply heavy organic mulch, fertilizer 2 or 3 times a year, water once in a while, your plant will be the talk of the neighborhood.The plant forms a clump of spreading stems, each topped with tall spikes of bright flowers. The individual flowers are white, or pale pink. What makes them so outstanding is that the tall spikes are almost totally enclosed by bright red bracts. Mature plants (2 years and older) will bloom almost all year. Ideal growing conditions will yield a plant that is up to 15 feet tall, and just as wide. Not to worry if your space is not that large as this plant takes well to hand pruning.

Mussaenda

Mussaenda

Family: Rubiaceae

August, 19, 2011 This shrub is sometimes referred to as “Bangkok Rose”. It produces a showy display in shades of white, pink, salmon to red over an extended period. Unfortunately, the bushes are not so attractive in winter when they can loose their leaves if we have had a drought. Therefore, they might be best in a mixed garden where other plants can provide interest when the Mussaenda is not in flower.

Bracts or sepals? The showy part of the Mussaenda flower is composed of enlarged sepals, either white or variously coloured. In a “typical” flower, the petals are the showy component while the sepals (which form the calyx) are usually green and relatively inconspicuous in the open flower.

I Plant in a rich loam and keep it evenly moist until it is established. It roots well from a cutting of the harder stems.

I prefer to have it stand a lone with lots of space for optimum growth.

From the beautiful gardens of  Generis Taylor-Hodge