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What’s in a name?
Gardening

What’s in a name?

The ‘Plumeria’, also known as Frangipani, comes in a dazzling array of colours and is the perfect plant for your Phuket garden. Photo: Zachi Evenor Most tongue-twisting Latin names of plants are associated with so-called “discoveries” by Western botanist or explorers: the Bougainvillea is named after Monsieur Bougainville; the golden trumpet or Allamanda after Switzerland’s … Continue reading

Perfect plants for shady spots
Gardening

Perfect plants for shady spots

It’s a big generalization, but on balance, the majority of potted plants available in the tropics enjoy a degree of shade. I am thinking of varieties of nephrolepsis such as Boston, maidenhair, or bird’s nest ferns, variegated dieffenbachias, aglaonemas – now available in reddish shades, philodendrons, purple and green dracaenas, hymenocallis or spider lilies, spathiphyllum, … Continue reading