Thursday , March 30 2017

Ajuga Reptans

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Ajuga reptans, also known as Ajuga, carpet bugleweed, common bugleweed, blue bugle, bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, common bugle, is a spring-flowering, herbaceous semi-evergreen to evergreen, compact groundcover, with a rapid growth rate. The leaves are light green, dark green, bronzed, purple or variegated, depending on cultivar. Fall color is unchanged for green or variegated types, but bronzes heavily for other types. The variegated cultivars are especially attractive groundcovers in all seasons, with the springtime flowers only adding to the beauty. They create a 5-10 cm tall groundcover effect in summer, autumn, and winter, but rises to 25 cm tall when in flower in mid-spring.

Small flowers on dense upright inflorescences create a colorful carpeted effect during the blossoming period and attract many bees. The flowers can be blue, purple, pink or white, depending on cultivar. The lower petal is like a forked tongue emerging from the remainder of the corolla, while the green calyx is hirsute.

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Planting Bulbs

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For adding an extra layer of color to your garden you can use spring-, summer- and autumn-flowering bulbous plants. You can plant them under trees or shrubs, or between perennials in the flower borders, or you can use them to naturalize informally in lawns and orchards, or formally in seasonal bedding displays. Bulbous plants can also be plant in pots for splashes of color all round the garden, on your terrace or patio, or anywhere in the garden where you need extra color.

A general rule to plant bulbs is to place them in the ground at three times their own depth. If they are planted too shallowly they may not flower again for several years. Bulbous plants need a well-drained but moisture retentive soil with an addition of plenty well-rotted organic matter. If your garden soil is a clay one then fork in a bucketful of gritty sand per square meter to improve its quality. Plant bulbs susceptible to rotting, such as: lilies, crown imperial and tulips, on a 2.5 cm layer of grit placed at the bottom of the planting hole. Mix in a special bulb fertilizer or superphosphate before planting.

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Zephyranthes

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Zephyranthes, on its common name known as Rain Flower, Windflower, Rain Lily, Zephyr Lily, Magic Lily or Fairy Lily is a genus of 71 species of bulbous perennials in the amaryllis family, some of them evergreen. But the most used name for the small and delicate Zephyranthes is Rain Lily because they tend to send up a flush of bloom about four days after each rainy spell. The flowers are erect, funnel-shaped to tubular, often crocus-like and vary in color from white or yellow to pink or red. The flowers appear from spring to autumn.

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Tulips

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Red tulip imageThis diverse, versatile genus is horticulturally classified in 15 divisions based on flower form but may conveniently be grouped by flowering season and garden use.

Tulips include an impressive range of flower forms, from the simple, upright goblets of single-flowered tulips to the frilled and twisted petals of Parrot tulips and the open, double blooms of peony-flowered forms.

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Snowdrops

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Snowdrops, on their Latin name Galanthus that mean 'milk-white flowers', are a genus of about 15 species of bulbous perennials that bloom mainly from late winter to mid-spring depending on the region, which makes them the earliest flowering bulb and sometimes they may not even wait for the snow to melt before emerging from their winter sleep just pushing right up through the snow.

The magical sight of the first snowdrop in our gardens give us the earliest sign of spring and with it the promise that winter weather is finally past or close to it. Snowdrops are very hardy plants and can arrive weeks before crocuses, even when there is snow on the ground they can be seen poking their heads above the ground through the snow blanket.

Two or three straplike leaves, dark green, grow from each bulb. Each bulb usually produces a single, pendent, pear-shaped, white flower that sometimes is scented. The three inner petals have green tips and overlap the outer petals to form a tube.

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Muscari

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Muscari armeniacum, on its common name Grape Hyacinth is a genus of 30 species of spring-flowering bulbs in the hyacinth (Hyacinthaceae) family.

Little jewels of the garden, Muscari look absolutely breath-taking, like a sea of blue, forming low carpets of intense color with their spikes of tiny, downward-facing, bell-shaped flowers, specially if planted in huge drifts, spreading out along the edge of the woods or running along a fence line. Typically, they have flowers in shades of blue to purple, but the color range extends to include white and yellow.

Mainly used for woodland gardens, under shrubs and trees and for bedding displays, Muscari are also a good choice for planting in rock gardens, borders, containers, naturalizing in grass or for indoor forcing. They are also excellent as cut flowers. Their beauty is accompanied by the delicious plum-like scent.

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Lily of the Valley

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Lily of the Valley - Convallaria majalis - is a genus of 3 species of old-fashioned rhizomatous perennials that look so delicate with their tiny bell-shaped, fragrant, mostly white flowers that is found in light woodland, scrub or alpine meadows in North temperated regions. It is one of the few perennials, fully hardy, that can grow in the deep shade of large trees and shrubs but also makes a good choice in small contained spaces.

It is used to be grown in a wild or woodland garden or as a groundcover in a damp, shady border as they can spread quickly by underground stems. Although each plant only has two or three wide and glossy leaves, it makes a beautiful ground cover in masses. Even after the spring blooms fade, the leaves remain beautiful until fall and cover the areas where they were planted.

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Lilies

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Lilies are among the most graceful of summer-flowering plants - their tall, slim stems bear flowers with an enormous variety of dazzling colors and exotic shapes.

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Lilies may be easily propagate in early autumn by stem bulbils, scaling, seed or by simple division. Always propagate from healthy stock.

Species like Lilium lancifolium and Lilium bulbiferum and their hybrids produce stem bulbils in the leaf axils and bulblets at the base of the old flowering stem. Remove them and pot them up to grow on. The following autumn, plant them out.

Seed sowing produce vigorous bulbs, but is slow.

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Hyacinths

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Hyacinthus orientalis is the common garden Hyacinth, a hardy perennial bulbous plant, with long, narrow, fleshy, glossy green leaves that are folded lengthwise and dense clusters of star-shaped, fragrant, tubular florets that appear in early to mid spring. Flower colors include all shades of pink, peach, orange, salmon, red, lavender, white, yellow, purple and blue. Varieties of the Hyacinth flowers are: single, double or multi-flora Hyacinths.

Those beautiful spring flowers can find their place in any garden: planted in groups to provides a compact, elegant display along walkways, at the front of a border, in beds or among shrubs or planted in containers to add a splash of color and flagrance to your terrace or patio. They are also used as cut flowers or forced bulbs for a flagrant winter display. The Hyacinth bulb is a light purple or cream in color and covered with dry, papery, skin-like layers.

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Gladioli

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Gladioli are grown for their showy spikes of usually open, funnel-shaped flowers, borne mainly from spring to early autumn. The flowers each have 6 tepals: usually 1 central upper tepal, 3 often quite small lower or lip tepals and 2 side or wing tepals. They open from the bottom of the spikes upwards, older blooms dying off as new ones develop.

Plant gladioli in clumps in a mixed border or in row for cutting. In frost-prone climates grow frost hardy gladioli by sheltered, sunny wall. In warmer areas plant in open, sunny, well-drained sites.

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