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Plumeria in an explosion of colours

Plumeria (Frangipani) Plumeria or Frangipani comes in an explosion of colours. So many varieties to choose from to add colour and brighten your garden. Plumeria are easily propagated  from cuttings. Generally, Plumeria that are propagated from cuttings may bloom within the first year. And, they are popularly grown by gardeners as they are year round bloomers. These […]

Petunia in colourful varieties and hybrids

Petunia, followed by the cultivar or hybrid name (Petunia) Petunias are one of the most popular flowers that you can find in home gardens as they are repeat bloomers. They come in an explosion of colours. They are best grown in containers or hanging baskets. Hundreds of named petunia varieties to choose from. Some are […]

Exacum affine has showy and fragrant flowers

Exacum affine (Persian Violet, Exacum Persian Violet) Exacum affine or Persian Violet is a seasonal bloomer with gorgeous violet-blue flowers. These blooms are wonderfully fragrant too. Definitely a plant to add some ‘perfume’ to your garden.

Caladium Rosebud with magnificent foliage colours

Caladium Rosebud (Rose Bud Caladium) The Caladium Rosebud has eye-catching, bright green foliage with bright pink centres and edged by jagged white. It makes a wonderful contrast against its green foliage. The Rose Bud Caladium will definitely light up a shady area of your garden. It is grown for their amazingly vibrant, beautifully patterned and heart-shaped leaves, not for their flowers. A […]

Melastoma malabathricum with rare and showy white flowers

Melastoma malabathricum (Malbar Gooseberry, Indian/Singapore Rhododendron, White Senduduk) This beautiful shrub produces purplish-pink or deep mauve and white flowers. The attractive white blooms are somewhat rare as compared to the purplish-pink ones. The white-flowered variety is known as Melastoma malabathricum ‘Alba’. We first caught sight of the white flowers at a garden nursery in our […]