Allamanda originated in the Caribbean and tropical Americas. It has several different varieties, which in turn have different common names.
Adenium commonly called Desert Rose originated in Africa, specifically in the desert, hence the common name.
Angelonia angustifolia,commonly called Angelonia or Summer Snapdragon,originated in Mexico and the Caribbean. Angelonia is a tropical outdoor perennial which grows upright and bushy.
Scindapsus Pictus commonly called Pothos Vine originated in Brazil. This showy plant is grown mainly as a climber and its most striking feature is its showy, heart-shaped leaves.
Musa speciosa commonly called Ornamental Banana originated in Mexico and throughout the tropics.
Aglaonema commonly called Chinese Evergreen is grown for its leaves which are famous for their colours and delicate markings.
Callistemon Subulatus is commonly called ‘Dwarf Bottle Brush’ and originated in Australia. In 1789, this tree was introduced by Joseph Banks to Kew Gardens and it has adapted well in the Caribbean and in Florida.
Syngonium Podophyllum commonly called Arrowhead Vine and Butterfly Plant originated in Mexico and America and has adapted well in the Caribbean.
Ficus Pumila commonly called Creeping Fig originated in East Asia: China, Japan and Vietnam.
Haemanthus commonly called Blood Lily is an exotic, tropical perennial that is grown from bulbs.
Another amazing landscape piece that caught my eye on my recent travel overseas was a rectangle fountain with multicoloured Daisy Mums.
Chrysanthemums are also commonly called Mums. The blooms come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and in a range of colours; the most popular colours are yellow, white, purple, and red.
On my recent travel overseas, it was amazing to see spring flowers in full bloom.
There was a variety of fresh flowers, fresh floral arrangements and potted plants on sale for Mother’s Day.
Zinnias are fantastic garden flowers and are gardeners’ favourites. This is the time of the year when they thrive.
Impatiens commonly called Busy Lizzie originated in Eastern Africa and Asia and comes from the Balsaminaceae family.
Gladiolus commonly called Sword Lily originated in the Mediterranean, Europe, Asia and South Africa.
Vinca commonly called Periwinkle or Never Done originated in Madagascar and comes from the Catharanthus family; it is different from Catharanthus pusillus which originated in India and Sri Lanka.
Salvia divinorum commonly called Salvia originated in Mexico and is grown throughout the world now.
The Petunia originated in South America and comes from the Solanaceae family. It was introduced to Europe in the 19th century where it quickly gained popularity.
At this time of the year, seeds and bulbs are popping up everywhere.
Helianthus Annuus commonly called Sunflower originated in North America from New Mexico, USA to Canada.
The Shamrock (Oxalis regnellii) is called the Butterfly Plant in Guyana and the Caribbean.
Dendrobium Orchids originated in South East Asia, the South Pacific, Australia and India.
The dining room is used for dining and entertaining. When selecting a potted plant for the dining table, choose something simple yet elegant and effective.
The rampant loss of trees in the city continues. This time it is upper Brickdam outside of the Ministry of Social Protection where the reserve has been converted into a concrete car park.
Every day, I traverse Brickdam to get to and from work, sometimes as often as four to six times a day so I am familiar with it.
Crassula commonly called the Jade plant originated in South Africa and spread across the world to Asia, Europe and USA hundreds of years ago.
Texas Sage commonly called Texas Ranger or Barometer Plant originated in Texas, the southwest of the USA, and Mexico, where the temperatures are warm and conditions dry.
When the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) introduced Horticulture as part of its Agriculture Science Syllabus some ten years ago, both students and teachers were at a loss as to where to access such information or who to turn to for help.
There are many types of pine trees and in Guyana some people tend to confuse the names and varieties.
Many of you would have received potted plants as gifts and with the holiday season having ended, I have received many telephone calls on how to care for these new plants.
Thuja originated in Denmark and comes from the Cypress family; it was after World War II that it spread across Europe, then to Asia and North America.
It’s here! Just in time for Christmas. Last weekend, I received the most beautiful, potted, red, velvet-like Poinsettia evoking the spirit of Christmas.
The Begonia commonly called Shell Rose was first discovered in Brazil by a Franciscan Monk, Charles Plumier in 1690, who named it after his favourite Botanist Michael Begon.
Asters commonly called Michaelmas Daisy are native to the USA. In the US, Asters bloom from May/June until late October, while in the Caribbean and Guyana Asters bloom all year round.
Alpinia zerumbet commonly called Shell Ginger originated in South East Asia and Hawaii and comes from the Ginger family.
Leea Indica commonly called Bandicoot Berry originated in Asia and Australia. It has green foliage and is the sister of Leea Coccinea ‘Rubra’, which has similar traits.
Leea Coccinea ‘Rubra’ commonly called Hawaiian or West Indian Holly originated in Burma and comes from the Leeaceae family.
Marvel of Peru or Mirabilis commonly called Four O’ Clock flowers originated in Peru and is native to tropical South America.
Agave americana, also called sentry plant, century plant, maguey or American aloe, is a species of flowering plant in the family Agavaceae and native to Mexico and the United States in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.
Cyperus Papyrus and Cyperus Alterni-folius, commonly known as Umbrella Grass, Umbrella Plant, Umbrella Papyrus, Umbrella Sedge or the Umbrella Palm, originated in Egypt many years ago.
National Tree Planting Day was celebrated yesterday, October 7, and it was interesting to see how many new trees were planted.
The Annual Flower Show is officially off until March 2018. This has been confirmed by the Horticultural Society of Guyana to the disappointment of many flower friends and home gardeners.
Now is the time to stake your plants! Last Sunday, the heavy rain came and it became so windy that many of my trees and shrubs were swaying in all directions.
Over the years, I have experimented with and grown various types of roses: Dutch, English, American and tropical.
Years ago, climbing roses were among the most precious flowers to adorn a garden.
Continued from last week Miniature roses are most likely descendants of the old Chinese rose Rosa chinensis.
Continued from last week This week, we will look at Floribunda roses and Hybrid Tea roses.
(Continued from last week) There are five classes of roses: Hybrid Tea, Floribunda, Miniature, Climbers or Ramblers and Shrub roses.