By: Mary Ellen Ellis
Impatiensare a staple annual flower for many gardeners, especially those with shadyspots to fill. These flowers do well in partial shade and come in a variety ofcolors. If you love the usual impatiens found at most garden centers, try the VelvetLove plant. This variety of impatiens is unique with pretty foliage andflowers. Read on for more Velvet Love impatiens info.
Impatiens morsei, also known as the Velvet Love impatiens,or velvetea, is a variety from China that has foliage and flowers unlike mostimpatiens you’ve seen. It may be difficult to find in your local nursery but isworth tracking down, online if necessary.
The common name comes from the fact that the leaves are asoft, velvety deep green. They are so dark they appear black in certain light.The leaves also have a bright pink stripe down the center and are anchored onpink stems.
Velvet Love blooms are white with orange and yellowmarkings. They are about an inch (2.5 cm.) long and tubular in shape with thecolored markings in the throat. Velvet Love impatiens grow upright and quitetall if given the right conditions. They can be as tall as two feet (61 cm.).
This variety of impatiens, like other varieties, is easy togrow. Velvetea impatiens care is simple if you can give the plants theirfavored conditions. They prefer a warm climate, so for many people these plantsare annuals. If you live somewhere warm, you may get year-round blooms out of yourVelvet Love plant.
They also do well with at least partial shade and somehumidity. Soil should be rich and kept moist but also needs to drain well.These plants will suck up water, especially during the summer and dry spells.
In addition to growing Velvet Love as an outdoor annual, considerpotting it as an indoor plant. If you can keep it moist and humid, thisplant thrives in containers and even in a terrarium.The indoor warmth will keep it blooming much of the year too.
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With its stunning and eye-catching purple foliage, Oxalis triangularis or Purple Shamrock is sure to be the star of the show wherever placed indoors. Provided the proper indoor growing conditions, it will provide you with robust growth and color throughout the seasons. Below is a quick summary of its care.
Oxalis Triangularis care summary: To keep your Purple Shamrock plant healthy, grow in rich, well-drained potting mix and water when the top inch of soil becomes dry. Maintain moderate humidity, fertilize every two to three weeks, situate in bright light and keep indoor temperature between 60°F to 75°F.
Continue reading because we have taken all the mystery out of growing and caring for Purple Shamrocks indoors and having healthy plants showcasing their purple glory.
Due to the vining nature they’re named for, Tradescantia need regular pruning to maintain a pleasing, bushy appearance. Gardening Know How recommends pinching back about a fourth of the plant to “encourage branching and increase fullness.”
A special note: No matter how well you care for your Tradescantia, they tend to get dry and leggy after about a year or so. But the plants are so easy to propagate that keeping your plant “going” is just a matter of planting cuttings.
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Rosemary has been a part of our collective imagination for centuries. For most of that time, rosemary wasn’t just a healing herb or a tasty addition to potato cakes: it symbolized something important.
Along with roses, rosemary is one of the most commonly included plants in a traditional devotional Marian garden. These gardens are devoted to the Virgin Mary. Tradition has it that rosemary’s once-white flowers turned soft blue after Mary hung her cloak on the shrub as she and Joseph fled to Egypt with the Child Christ.
In Poland, rosemary plants were grown in front of homes when the daughter of the family hoped for marriage. She would tend the plant and wear a wreath of it at her wedding. In English tradition, however, it’s said that rosemary will only really thrive in a house that’s ruled by a woman. If the husband is in charge, rosemary will stay timid and small.
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Wrapped with lavender and mugwort, rosemary is a sleepy-time herb that helps keep nightmares away. You can also use it to help remember your dreams in the morning by tucking it under your pillow at night. Press a sprig of rosemary into a dream journal to aid in remembering and understanding those crazy dreams.
You can even build a dream garden by planting rosemary, mugwort, chamomile, and lavender in a sunny spot.
Like yarrow and garlic, rosemary is a protective plant as well. In most folklore, rosemary keeps witches away from the house and barn. Hang a little bundle of rosemary over the door, or plant a few shrubs beside the house to banish people with bad intentions.
Rosemary really is a gardener’s dream. Add this graceful shrub to your garden or patio and see why it has been so beloved for millennia.