Black gum: allround coastal garden choice

Black gum There’s fall colour, and then there’s knock-your-socks-off-and-fall-down colour. Black gum tree contributes to the latter. This all-purpose, mid-sized North American native puts on a technicolor show in autumn, when the leaves morph from yellow to orange to red or purple in a matter of weeks. It’s considered one of the most beautiful and […]

Venus flytrap is the perfect coastal plant in your garden

Venus flytrap A fly lands. A leaf snaps shut. And the sodden epic of a little plant that does big things has played out again. Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula), the carnivorous perennial at the centre of this drama, is a petite, surreal beauty native to the coastal bogs and seepage areas of North and South […]

Hardy coastal plant: Bird of paradise

Bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is an exquisite, mysterious flower. This well-known African flower captivates people with its bright blue petals and fiery orange sepals, which extend from a beak-shaped leaf to give the impression of a brilliantly coloured bird in flight. Flowers appear throughout the year on long stalks above the rich green leaves. […]