Mentha, commonly called mint, originated from the Mediterranean and belongs to the Lamiaceae family.

Thai basil

Have you ever thought of growing your own kitchen herbs in pots or window boxes?

Cassia fistula

Cassia fistula commonly called Golden Shower tree or Indian Laburnum as its name suggests, originated from the Indian sub-continent and South-east Asia.

Changing colours

Brunfeisia pauciflora commonly called ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ originated from Brazil, and is found throughout South and Central America.

The amazing Gladioli

The most amazing Gladioli corms (bulbs) are available on the market now. Gladiolus (plural Gladioli) commonly called Sword Lily, gets it name from the Latin word gladius which means sword, referring to the shape of the leaves.

The gaily-coloured Zinnia

We are well into the season of annuals, seeds and bulbs. Zinnia elegans commonly called youth and old-age or Mexican Zinnias originated as the name suggests, from Mexico and spread throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.


Flowers are loved for their beauty. There are simply beautiful shades of yellow, pink, salmon, blue, white, red, orange and purple blooming everywhere as the Easter season is upon us.


Caladiums commonly called Angel’s wings or Lucky originated from Brazil and Central America.

Easter lily

Just look at the beautiful flowers in bloom and you can tell it is that time of the year – Easter or Spring as they say in northern climates.

Establishing a Bromeliad tree

Over the past few weeks I have spoken about several species of Bromeliads as decorative potted plants and pineapples which are planted for their commercial value and because they are rich in Vitamin C.

A successful Horticultural Show

Having entered the most entries in almost every class it was no surprise that Mrs Mary McDonald won many of the prizes and was awarded the Overall Winner in 2014 Flower Show held at the Umana Yana last Sunday, walking away with the Miracle Gro prize and trophy. 

The decorative pineapple

Ananas comosus comes from the pineapple family (Bromeliad) and originated from Brazil in South America and spread throughout the Caribbean, Asia and Hawaii.

Get ready for the annual Flower Show

The Horticultural Society has announced that the annual Flower Show will be held on Saturday March 29 and Sunday March 30 at the Umana Yana, Kingston from 10 am to 6 pm each day.

The Blushing bromeliad

Neoregelia commonly called Blushing bromeliad is found throughout South America, Central America and Florida, and grows in trees in the rainforest.

Swordtail Bromeliad

Vriesa splendens commonly called Swordtail or Flaming Sword comes from the bromeliad family and originated from Venezuela and the Guianas where it grows in trees in the rainforest. 

Air plants

Tillandsia commonly called Air plants are epiphytic and come from the Bromeliacea family.

Earth star

Cryptanthus commonly called Earth star comes from the Bromeliacea family and originates from the subtropics of Central and South America.

A showy vine

Over the last few weeks I have been writing about fungus and pests. 

Garden insects and pests

(Continued from last week) Mealy bugs can be devastating There are two types of nealy bugs: they are either white or pink.

A Christmas tree for the tropics

Araucaria excels, commonly called Norfolk Island pine or just Christmas tree originated from Norfolk Island, an Australian territory off the east coast of Australia in the South Pacific. 

Sorrel ‒ A Christmas delight

Hibiscus sabdariffa commonly called sorrel or rosella comes from the Malvaceae family and originated from India and Malaysia, later spreading to Africa and the Caribbean.

The symbol of Christmas

Poinsettias evoke the holiday spirit and have become the symbol of Christmas. Euphorbia pulcherrima (‘pulcherrima’ means ‘very beautiful’) is commonly called the Poinsettia or Flower of the Holy Night.

The symbol of Christmas

Poinsettias evoke the holiday spirit and have become the symbol of Christmas. Euphorbia pulcherrima (‘pulcherrima’ means ‘very beautiful’) is commonly called the Poinsettia or Flower of the Holy Night.

Culinary ginger

Zingiber officinale commonly called Culinary ginger comes from the Zingiberaceae family and originates from South-east Asia. 

Crown of Thorns

Euphorbia mille commonly called Crown of Thorns or Christ of Thorns originates from Madagascar and comes from the Euphorbiaceae family.

The Periwinkle

Catharanthus rosens commonly called Periwinkle, Never Done or Vinca originates from Madagascar.  Over the years, botanists have been working to breed periwinkle in many colours and with large flowers.

Pride of Barbados

Caesalpinia pulcherrima commonly called Pride of Barbados or Peacock flower originates from the West Indies.


Nerium oleander commonly called Oleander or Rose bay originates from the Mediterranean region and the Middle East and comes from the Apocynaceae family.

The Staghorn fern

Platycerium bifurcatum commonly called Staghorn fern originates in the tropical areas of Australia, Asia and Africa, but has adapted well to Guyana.

The Maidenhair fern

Adiantum commonly called the Maidenhair fern originates from tropical Brazil. There are approxi-mately 200 species.

Breadfruit fern

The Breadfruit fern commonly called the Toyo fern originates in the tropical Americas and the Caribbean, and belongs to the Polypodiaceae family. 

Davallia fern

The Davallia fern is commonly called the Rabbit foot fern, and it originates from the tropical Island of Fiji.

The Boston fern

Nephrolepis exaltata bostoniensis commonly called Boston fern originated from the tropical and sub-tropical regions. 

Planting a hedge

Are you planting a hedge and don’t know what to choose? Most people when deciding to plant a hedge, do so for the simple reason of privacy, but if you want to add greenery and colour at the same time you can have both.

The Bamboo orchid

Arundina graminifolia commonly called the Bamboo orchid is native to Asia and the Pacific Islands. 

The magnificent Dendrobium

Fascinating orchids

Dendrobium orchids originate from South-east Asia and the South Pacific including India, Australia and Fiji. 


Mysterious orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids are native to South East Asia; they are beautiful and exotic and are commonly known as phal.

Fascinating orchids

Cattleya orchids Part 3

Cattleya are natives of South and Central America and the Caribbean.  There are approximately 60 natural species of this genus. 

Fascinating Orchids

From Chinese and Japanese manuscripts we learn that they were growing Orchids, ie, Dendrobiums, Cymbidiums and other native species approximately 3,000 years ago. 

Magnificent orchids Part 1

Orchids belong to the Orchidaceae family and the name orchid derives from the Greek word ‘orchis’ which means ‘testicle’ ‒ a term that describes the roots of the orchids.

Ginger Lilies

Zingiberaceae Purpurata commonly called Ginger Lily or Hawaiian Ginger originated in Malaysia and South East Asia  and was brought to Hawaii in the mid-1930s.