Calluna (Heather; Scottish Heather; Common Heather)

Calluna is the smallest genus within the Ericaceae plant family, as it is only made up of one species of plant. This plant is called Calluna vulgaris, or heather. You can find it in many parts of Europe and Asia, as long as the soil is acidic. More often than not, this gorgeous plant lives happily in wide, open spaces, … Read More

Lantana (Shrub Verbena)

Part of the Verbenaceae plant family, you’ll find about 150 different perennial plants within the Lantana genus. They come from tropical parts of both Africa and the Americas and have been introduced in other warm areas. Most verbenas that belong to the Lantana genus grow as shrubs, but you will find a few herbaceous perennials in this group, too. At … Read More

Protea (Protea)

There are 112 identified species within the Protea genus, belonging to the Proteaceae plant family. All hail from dry regions of South Africa, and bloom in fantastic shapes and colors.  Protea Plants At A Glance Protea flowers are among the oldest in existence, and there is a huge variety of color, size, and shape to choose from.  The flowers look … Read More

Sedum (Stonecrop)

Sedum is a genus belonging to the Crassula plant family, and these plants are also known as stonecrops. As it contains at least 500 different species, this is one of the larger succulent groups. This genus is among the most diverse within the Crassulaceae plant family. Some plants are annuals, biennials, or perennials, depending on the variety you choose. While … Read More

Gentiana (Gentian)

Gentian plants belong to the Gentiana genus, which is made up of about 400 different species in the Gentianaceae family, making this a fairly large genus. These beautiful flowers are easily recognizable, with their vivid colors made up of around 5 sepals, stamens, and petals. Most of the time, these flowers come in a bright blue, but you may find … Read More


One of the largest genera of flowering perennial plants, the begonia genus is made up of more than 2000 different species.  Most hail from tropical and subtropical parts of the world, meaning that they can only be grown as houseplants in colder climates, but some are suitable for bedding plants in these parts of the world, too. Most begonias are … Read More

Trillium (Wake Robin; Birthroot)

The Trillium genus is made up of roughly 50 different species of flowering plants, all of which belong to the bunchflower plant family, Melanthiaceae.  You can find these species in the wild in parts of Asia and North America, mostly within the Appalachian Mountains. If you’re looking for unusual flowers that thrive in shady gardens, those belonging to the trillium … Read More


Forming part of the daisy family, Cosmos plants have around 40 different species, consisting of herbaceous annuals and perennials. While they are native to Mexico, and parts of the Americas, they are grown all over the world as an ornamental plant. In South Africa, where there are plenty of cosmos to be found, these plants were introduced accidentally in horse … Read More

Banksia (Australian Honeysuckle)

Belonging to the very unusual and fabulous Proteaceae plant family, Banksia is a genus made up of about 170 different species, all native to Australia as wildflowers. While the image of a wildflower you might have in mind is probably a herbaceous perennial, banksias are shrubs or trees. Banksia At A Glance Banksias can be found in forested  areas, shrub … Read More


Celosia comes from the Amaranth plant family, known for their striking, feathery flowers in many colors. The species belonging to the genus – and there’s about 50 of them – hail from tropical parts of South America, Asia, and Africa. Celosia At A Glance There are various types of celosia to choose from, which form flowers in different shapes, and … Read More

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