Gesneriaceae

Aeschynanthus buxifolius

A surprisingly hardy plant from southeast Asia. A number of years ago I worked in the Southeast Asia section at Kew Gardens, and took part in several field trips to Borneo. In 1848, the Victorian […]

Penthoraceae

Penthorum sedoides

Penthorum sedoides is a perennial herb native to the eastern United States where it grows in wet soils or shallow water on river banks, marshes, ditches and the margins of pools. Plants from this part […]

Alstroemeriaceae

Bomarea edulis

On the 14th November 1768, 79 days after the Endeavour set sail from Plymouth on Captain Cook’s first voyage around the world (the story of which is told in a previous blog post – 250 […]

Plants we grow

Anemopsis californica

The flowers of this unusual aquatic plant, which seems to have become more popular in cultivation in recent years, are held in an inflorescence (flower head) that is said by some to resemble a single […]

Melastomataceae

Tibouchina

The sky is grey, the leaves have mostly fallen and the temperature is dropping, but one plant is currently bringing a splash of tropical colour to the garden:  Tibouchina urvilleana (also known as the glory […]

Leonotis leonurus close-up of flower buds
Lamiaceae

Leonotis

Slightly sprawling and rain-battered, but nevertheless looking spectacular in the garden at the moment is one of my favourite plants, and a worthy first plant profile for my blog: Leonotis leonurus, or Lion’s Ear (the […]