Streptocarpus Their Care And Cultivation

Streptocarpus are easy to grow houseplants that can flower over long periods and suffer few pests and diseases. They can be long-lived, are not difficult to propagate by leaf cuttings. They represent good value for money and can be seen as environmentally friendly in comparison with cut flowers. Furthermore, they may even be used as summer bedding plants as demonstrated by John Massey MBE VMH in his garden at Ashwood Nurseries.

The Winter Colour Garden Cambridge Botanic Garden

Cambridge University Botanic Garden first built a winter garden in 1979 and since it has undergone many improvements and has had new plants added. I reproduce here their plant list, fully attributing their work and copyright. Do please visit their website for much more including a video with Michael Perry originally show on Steph's Pack Lunch.


Streptocarpus have become very popular houseplants, modern breeding has seen better cultivars that are easy to grow and make great houseplants lasting years.

A-Z of Drought Tolerant and Resilient plants

This Fact Sheet is to support Howard's presentation The Modern Dry or Resilient Garden, it is Howard's personal choice based on many years of gardening and observations of gardens and their plants over many years, especially in the the South East of the country, which seems to be leading the trend to drier periods and lower rainfall most of the year. It is by no means exhaustive and will be regularly revised.

Ground Cover Gems and Horrors

Ground cover plants can enhance your garden in many ways, while also saving you time in the garden. There are some good plants that work well as ground cover, there are others which can turn out to be absolute horrors.

The changing climate and certain garden situations can leave gardeners with damp, shady areas in our gardens. The following is my list based on experience rather than searching books of plants that will thrive in damp shade.

This list details plants which will thrive in dry shade. My list is borne out of my  observations of successful plantings, there may well be other subjects that should be included, and this list will grow as I see other impressive plantings.


Being a keen grower of succulents and Primulas, I am all too aware that mealybug is becoming an increasing problem for growers, yet there seems to be little understood about these pests and the possible means of control.

Smaller Trees For Our Gardens

As gardens seem to be getting smaller, the search is on to find trees suitable for today's modern small garden, or perhaps you want a small tree for a larger garden.

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