During the winter, gardeners usually read a lot of plant catalogs, most of which list the botanical, as well as the common, names of plants.
Clivia hails from South Africa where it is known as the Kaffir lily, the bush lily and the fire lily.
Mahonias are robust, small shrubs that combine well with other evergreens such as conifers and hollies.
When the leaves, bark or wood of this shrub are cut or bruised a spicy aroma is released.
Many of the people I know who do have flower names are mature women, though it does seem there is a resurgence in these flower-related names for baby girls.
June is the perfect month to tour gardens and to enjoy the beauty of flowers and flower displays. Learn more...
It is not a coincidence that many weddings are scheduled for June as there are plenty of flowers available. Learn more...
William Shakespeare was inspired by plants and flowers when writing his famous plays. His writing is filled with botanical metaphors.
While bulbs provide a lot of flower power in Spring, it is best to accompany them with herbaceous perennials that will outlast bulb foliage.
The Dutch flower paintings of the 17th Century reflected beauty, over scientific accuracy. Learn more about the Dutch, flower painting business...