There are many beautiful plants that can be found in the most simple of gardens, whether you have a huge plot of ground or a simple window box on a balcony, flowers in all their beauty can be a joy to behold and a pleasure to grow.

 

There are many beautiful plants that can be found in the most simple of gardens, whether you have a huge plot of ground or a simple window box on a balcony, flowers in all their beauty can be a joy to behold and a pleasure to grow.

 

For example the Begonia, are beautiful plants, but because they don’t tolerate frost or frozen ground can only remain perennials in the bed in tropical and subtropical gardening climates, in other areas such as the UK the begonias must be overwintered indoors if they are to survive the winter frost, due to this frost intolerance, begonias are classified as tender perennials, and grow as annuals, in many regions.

 

You can of course grow begonias in pots this will allow the plant to grow as a perennial, but you must bring the pots indoors in winter, place in a cool location until spring, bring them out eight weeks before the last expected spring frost and they will experience new growth and will flower sooner than those planted in beds later.

 

Another garden beauty in the geranium, Pelagorniums and geraniums are members of the same botanical family, this name both have Greek roots and refer to the long, bill like seed that each plant produces.

 

When planting geraniums in the garden they look beautiful along the edge of a path, this way, as someone walks along the path and brushes up against the leaves, the fragrance is released since it is the leaves that contain the volatile oils, not the delicate flowers.  This position also allows easy access to the plants so they can be kept trimmed back.

 

There is a great diversity among the varieties themselves, and can vary in the shape of their leaves, the colour of their blossoms, blooming time, and intensity of their fragrances.  A beautiful rose scented geranium has large lacy leaf pattern, rich green in colour and outlined in ivory and makes a wonderful garnish for fruit platters or trays of goodies.  To find scented geraniums best find a well-stocked nursery and let your nose lead the way.

 

Lavenderis a gardeners favourite, the Romans called it lavender which may have come from the Latin verb ‘lavare’ which means ‘to wash’ or from the word ‘livendulo’ which means ‘livid or bluish’.  The Greeks referred to is as Nardus after the city of Naardus in Syria, and the people in India called it spikenard, which referred to the shape of its flowers.

 

Lavender was used in ancient Egypt for embalming and cosmetics, when the tomb of Tutankhamen was opened, jars filled with something resembling lavender were found, and was used only by the royal families and high priests in cosmetics, massage oils, and medicines.

 

A spokesman for Blooming Direct a horticultural online outlet based on the island of Jersey said “begonias, geraniums, and lavender are all favourite of gardeners all over the UK and of course can be grown in pots just as well as in a bed in the garden, so you don’t have to have a large garden to enjoy these plants, it is well worth a visit to our website to see what we have on offer, it is a wonderland of all types of plants, not forgetting our garden furniture, garden tools, and wonderful gifts for keen gardeners everywhere”.

 

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