Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mussaenda erythrophylla ...... Tropical Dogwood


From the family Rubiaceae, originating in Eastern and Central Africa, Tanzania and the Congo,  this beautiful sprawling shrub can grow to 3 metres.    The flowers are yellow and surprisingly small but show up well against the large pink bracts.

At the moment it is growing in a large pot just inside the top gate as it's place in the garden has yet to be decided.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' ..... Purple Fountain Grass


Family  Poaceae

 Native to open, scrubby habitats in East Africa, tropical Africa, Middle East and SW Asia,  it has been introduced to many parts of the world as an ornamental plant.
It is drought-tolerant, grows fast, reaches 3 feet in height, and has many purple, plumose flower spikes.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Brunfelsia pauciflora .... Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow

                    Native to Brazil,  from the family Solanaceae and growing to no more than 5'-6' on average,  the sweetly  perfumed flowers start off dark purple then fade to lavender.
All 3colors are displayed
simultaneously. This shrub will do well in any location between full sun to filtered light.
Avoid too much shade.
The plant produces the flowers at the end of the new growth, therefore the more branches you have the more flowers you get.
The plant will survive temperatures in the low 30's for short periods.
The soil needs to be a little on the acidic side.

Brugmansia ..... Angel's Trumpet

 A night scented Brugmansia.........

 Flowering now with a heavenly tropical perfume released at dusk.

An absolute favourite since first discovered, growing in our Tropical Kenyan Garden.

From the Solanaceae familyBrugmansias are woody trees or bushes with pendulous,  not erect, flowers that do not have spines on their fruit.

Datura species are herbaceous bushes with erect, not pendulous, flowers and most do have spines on their fruit.