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

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


Bougainvillea is a genus composed of flowering trees, bushes, and vines which come from the Nyctaginaceae plant family, also known as the four o’clock plant family. There are between 4 and 18 species within this genus, depending on the author you go with.  They hail from South America, and what we might refer to as flowers on these plants are … Read More

Buddleia (Buddleja; Butterfly Bush)

The Buddleja genus features over 140 different species of profusely flowering shrubs and trees, which hail from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. They come from the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae, and are grown ornamentally all over the world for their beauty, as well as their use in butterfly gardens. Buddleia At A Glance The one thing that buddleja plants are famous … Read More

The Bonica Rose

One of the most popular rose cultivars of all is Rosa ‘Bonica’, which is a floribunda rose, meaning that it produces many roses on one plant during its flowering season. This shrub is highly fragrant, an easy variety for beginners, and has a long flowering window. Interested in growing this rose? Here’s what you need to know. At A Glance: … Read More

List Of Flower Names Beginning With B

Struggling to find new flowers to grow? One of the easiest ways is to search for captivating new flowers by the letter.  Here are some of the most beautiful flowers that begin with the letter B. Baby’s Breath A favorite accent plant of florists everywhere, Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila) has a delicate scent and tiny white or soft pink flowers.  There … Read More

Chinese Perfume Plant (Aglaia odorata) Bonsai: How To Grow and Plant Care

Part of the mahogany plant family, the Chinese perfume plant, or Aglaia odorata, is commonly grown as an ornamental tree known for its citrus-scented flowers, often used for adding a citrus note to teas. However, that’s only one of the many uses of this plant. The Chinese perfume plant also makes a great bonsai tree, with its lovely foliage, striking … Read More

How To Grow, Care and Maintain Bonsai Trees for Beginners

It can be difficult to know where to begin when you want to start your bonsai journey. After all, there are many things to consider, from what plants you should grow as bonsai, to where you should grow them, and how to start off. You may wonder how on earth people manage to grow trees as miniature versions without altering … Read More

Ginkgo Biloba Bonsai: A Beginner’s Guide

The Ginkgo Biloba is a fascinating plant which is very old. Fossils which are remarkably similar to this gorgeous tree date back nearly 270 million years, and it helps that you can grow it as a bonsai tree without a lot of trouble.  The fact that this species has survived, unaltered, for so long, makes the tree a living testament … Read More

Hinoki False Cypress Bonsai Care Guide

Classed as a false cypress, the Hinoki is a beautiful evergreen tree with coniferous foliage, making it a very suitable bonsai tree for a classic look. Native to central Japan, the Hinoki false cypress is a great choice, but not for those just starting out in growing plants as bonsai trees. Interested? Here’s what you need to know.  Growing A … Read More

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