25 Apr 2013

Centaurea Cyanus Plants

The yearly red cornflower is a slimmer plant of great appeal. Its rich colors of red are much popular, both for lawn decor and for plant bouquets. Garden types have added red, light red, lilac and white to large range, and even shiny yellow-colored is available in the carefully related lovely sultan Amberboa moschatus. The wiry vegetation may need some hidden support, and deadheading helps to extend the blooming season, as does fall planting, an option that will produce larger, earlier-flowering vegetation. This fully sturdy plant needs a warm site, growing in most well-drained ground types, even poor ground.

Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Centaurea
Species: cyanus
Plant type: Hardy annual
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist
Hardiness: Hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Height: 90cm
Spread: 30cm
Time to plant seeds: March to May

10 Apr 2013

Cedrus Atlantica 'Glauca Group' Plants

A very stunning shrub with glaucous blue-green vegetation, which is often placed as a sample shrub in grass. In a big edge, the red colour groups especially well with red and lemon linda vegetation in a lawn on acidity ground, or with fall vegetation shades or winter season season arises of dogwoods. However, in all but the very biggest landscapes this shrub will become too large in time, so respect it as a short-term citizen to be eliminated when it outgrows its space after perhaps 10-15 years.

Family: Pinaceae
Genus: Cedrus
Species: atlantica
Cultivar: Glauca Group
Plant type: Evergreen tree
Foliage colour: Blue-green
Feature: Cones
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Dry
Hardiness: Hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Height: 500cm
Spread: 180cm
Time to plant seeds: March to May