Flower Garden – Part XX – Firecracker Flower

Heyy friends.. this is the last one in the series… Its called the Firecracker Flower orΒ Crossandra infundibuliformis.

It is native to southern India but I believe it can be grown in several different regions as this plant has received Award of Garden Merit from Royal Horticultural Society in 2017.

3 main reasons to have this plant:

The flowers are very beautiful… But the Buds are even more beautiful πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Crossandra is perfect to add that light orange color to your Garden! They have multiple blooms at any given point of time.

These are very easy to maintain these plants.

Plant them in Big Pots. Add sufficient compost while potting them and then once in every 45-60 days.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

 

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Yellow Canna Flower

Flower Garden – Part XII – Canna

Isn’t it bright and beautiful?

Canna often comes in these bright yellow, orange, red colors which makes them very attractive. The unique petal (stamen) structure mimicking lilies adds to its beauty.

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Canna is very easy to grow and loves bright sunlight.

Use a wide pot when potting these plants. Click here to know more.

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This one is again one of those low maintenance plants. Add sufficient compost while potting them so that you don’t have to add compost later on. Adding compost later on by digging the soil around plants may at times harm the upcoming new shoot.

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Happy Gardening πŸ™‚

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Marigold Flowers

Flower Garden – Part VII – Marigold

Yes, we are talking about the world famous Tagetes. Everyone around the world loves Marigold. πŸ™‚ The beautiful yellow – orange flowers just make your day bright and vibrant.

Marigolds often crop up on there own making them at times fall into the weed category. My garden has had repetitive intrusions by marigold in numerous pots. Yet I love them a lot. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Marigolds are very easy to grow and maintain. They can be propagated from seeds or you can buy a small plant from the nursery.

They are available in both annual and perennial varieties is what Wikipedia says though I have seen only annual ones. So you can grow different colors/species/variety every year.

We here in India, use them a lot in garlands and for decoration.

I have read that they have many culinary uses as well. No personal experience though.

Insects and pests get attracted a lot to these bright flowers. I understand that you may see this as a drawback but it is also one of the greatest advantage of this plant. You can use this plant in your vegetable garden as a trap crop. It means if you place this plant in your vegetable garden, there is a high possibility that the pests will attack this plant and your vegetables would be safe. πŸ™‚

Also, Butterflies get attracted to them a lot.

Make sure your plant receives ample sunlight and compost. Since these are annuals you can add generous of compost while potting and once after 2-3 months should be sufficient. Add more compost only when there is a pest attack.

Happy Gardening πŸ™‚