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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresOther Ornamentals

tuber
A swollen underground stem, crown or root
see also Bulbs, Corms and Tubers.
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epiphyte
A plant that grows on another,
but does not obtain nutrients from its host.
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stolon
A horizontal branch or running stem
that gives rise to new plants.
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crown
A part of a plant
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Other Ornamentals

Culture notes for selected ornamentals.


Aquilegia
(Aquilegia)
This hardy perennial with fern like mid green leaves, has bi-coloured flowers at the end of long stems that make excellent cut flowers. Excellent wild flower or for cottage gardens, especially when planted en masse.
Balloon flower
(Platycodon grandiflorus)
This summer perennial is so named because its buds swell up like a balloon before opening.

Bird of Paradise
(Strelitzia)
The unusual looking flowers of this South African perennial earned it the name Bird of Paradise.
Brunfelsia
(Brunfelsia latifolia)
Brunfelsia latifolia, or "Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow" is so named because its flowers open purplish blue and fades to white before dropping off.

Ceropegia woodii
(Ceropegia woodii)
This succulent trailing vine has heart shapped leaves and turbular flowers. Old plants form large tubers and small spherical tubers form along the vines.
Chrysanthemums
(Chrysanthemum Spp.)
This is a group of chrysanthemums grown for their daisy like flowers. Garland Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum coronarium) is edible and is grown as a vegetable.

Cineraria
(Pericallis ×hybrida)
Half hardy perennial/Annual that flowers in Spring and Summer. Variable: seedlings from the same plant often produces different coloured flowers.
Coreopsis
(Coreopsis Spp.)
This group of drought tolerant hardy annual/perennial wildflowers is native to North America. The bright yellow, red and bi-coloured flowers appear almost all year long.

Cornflower
(Centaurea Spp.)
The blue flowers of this plant brightens up any dull garden. The flowers are suitable for cutting and drying, retaining their bright colour well.
Cosmos
(Cosmos Spp.)
This drought tolerant annual has delicate fern-like foliage. The flowers appear in Summer and lasts until the first frost.

Disocactus
(Disocactus phyllanthoides)
This species of epiphytic cactus produces beautiful pink flowers in late Spring, reminiscent of Epiphyllum. Cultivated since prehistorical times in South America, its Aztec name is Nopalxochitl.
Forget Me Not
(Myosotis sylvatica)
This dainty short lived wetland perennial produces masses of flowers in the Spring. The flowers can be pink, blue or white.

Foxglove
(Digitalis)
In the Spring, Foxglove grows a tall spike, with bell shapped flowers that have markings to guide landing bees.
Gaillardia pulchella
(Gaillardia pulchella)
This hardy perennial produces brilliant coloured flowers with purple centres and yellow / scarlet petals. It is tolerant of salty conditions and will put on a good display in light sand.

Giant Geranium
(Geranium maderense)
This half-hardy aromatic biennial with deeply cut snowflake shapped leaves is the largest geranium in the world. In spring, the flower head grows to 150cm tall and 80 cm across, with hundreds of pinky-purple flowers.
Hibiscus
(Hibiscus Spp.)
A genus of shruby plants that range from the tropics to temperate climates. The flowers have a characteristic central structure with five stigmas at the end and a number of stamens along its length.

Holiday Cactus
(Schlumbergera)
An epiphytic jungle cactus genus, that includes both the Christmas and Thanksgiving cactus. A wide variety of colours are available today, from white to red, to purple and yellow.
Kafir Lily
(Hesperantha coccinea)
The Kafir Lily is a bog plant that produces ref flowers in the Autumn, with a smaller flush in the Spring.

Lipstick Plant
(Aeschynanthus radicans)
This trailing indoor plant is so named because when its flower bud is growing out of the bract, it looks like a lipstick being pushed out of its case. An easy to grow indoor plant, the succulent leaves store water and the plant can withstand drying out.
Living Stones
(Lithops Spp.)
An extreme succulent that grows pairs of stone shapped leaves, each with a translucent top. The daisy-looking flowers produced in the Summer often dwarfs the leaves.

Lupins
(Lupinus)
Russell lupins is a perennial bred by George Russell for colour. Tall stately spikes of bi-coloured flowers appear in the spring.
Purple Coneflower
(Echinacea purpurea)
A hardy deciduous perennial usually known for its medicinal qualities. The purple flowers with dark conical centres appear in the Summer.

Sweet Peas
(Lathyrus odoratus)
Sweet pea is a climbing annual with sprays of brightly coloured flowers that have a very nice perfume. Flower colour is quite variable and varies from whites to pinks, reds, through to purples and blues.
Sweet Williams
(Dianthus barbatus)
This hardy biennial / short-lived perennial grows as small compact plants, suitable for containers. The white / pink / red bi-coloured flowers appear to cover most of the plant.
Turutu
(Dianella nigra)
Turutu is related to flax, and looks like a miniature flax, growing to only 50cm tall. This easy to grow NZ endemic perennial produces insignificant white flowers, followed by sprays of blue/purple berries in late Summer. The grass-looking foliage has a yellowish-brown tint. When grown from seed, the berry colour is variable. Keep the plants that have good berry colour and rogue out the rest.

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