Tropaeolum majus produces flowers in kaleidoscopic colours

Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium, Garden Nasturtium, Indian Cress, Monks Cress) Garden Nasturtium or Indian Cress produces long-lasting  and kaleidoscopic flowers as well as attractive foliage that are water lily-like. However, the downside is it self-seeds readily and may pop up in places where they are not wanted. No wonder, this beautiful plant is considered invasive in […]

Fragaria x ananassa with sweet, aromatic and brilliant red fruits is simply irresistible

Fragaria x ananassa (Strawberry, Garden Strawberry, Cultivated Strawberry) Garden Strawberry with its characteristic fragrant aroma, delightful sweet flavour, juicy texture and brilliant red colour make it simply irresistible to many people. Strawberry is popularly cultivated worldwide for its delicious fruits that can be eaten fresh or used in pies, ice-creams, milkshakes and cakes, to name […]

Mucuna bennettii is a tropical climber with clusters of bright orange-red flowers

Mucuna bennettii (New Guinea Creeper, Scarlet Jade Vine, Red Jade Vine) New Guinea Creeper of Red Jade Vine is an exotic and magnificent tropical climber with amazing clusters of bright orange-red flowers. The colour of its chandelier-like clusters of blossoms is absolutely stunning and unique. Grow this beauty if you can provide space and a […]

Ipomoea quamoclit with blooms in gorgeous shades of red, pink, rose and white

Ipomoea quamoclit (Cypress Vine, Cardinal Creeper/Vine, Star Glory, Hummingbird Vine) Cypress Vine or Hummingbird Vine is a magnificent climber with captivating  star-shape flowers that comes in shades of scarlet red, pink, rose and white. Grow this Cardinal Creeper in your garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds that are attracted to the brightly coloured blossoms.

Vatica yeechongii is a very rare tropical tree in Peninsular Malaysia

Vatica yeechongii (Resak Daun Panjang in Malay) Vatica yeechongii is a very rare, thin and crooked tree seen growing along fast-flowing streams. It was first discovered in 2002 This exotic tropical tree was sited in Sungai Lalang Forest Reserve, Selangor and Setul Forest Reserve, Negeri Sembilan in Peninsular Malaysia. The species has a very restricted distribution […]