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The Garden Plants of China Other / Books

The Garden Plants of China

Gardens have long been an integral part of Chinese culture, written about by scholars and prized by emperors and priests; think of Chinese scrolls traced with plum blossoms and wood-block prints etched with pine branches or bamboo. The West has not only received a great number of fine plants from China, …

Lycium chinense - Chinese Matrimony Plants / Deciduous Shrubs

Lycium chinense - Chinese Matrimony

Also known as: Gow kee, Go qi zi, Chinese Wolfberry, Duke of Argylls Tea Tree. Small 3-foot shrub with edible red berries. Fruits are consumed fresh or dried like raisins. They are also used as an ophthalmic herbal medicine in China and were included more recently in some dietary supplements. The dried …

Allium tuberosum - Garlic Chives Plants / Perennials

Allium tuberosum - Garlic Chives

Popular in 16th century European gardens for flavoring soups and salads, both the leaves and the 1.5 white flowers add spicy flavor to cooking and they have been known to be used in Chinese medicine for kidneys, lower back and knees. Direct seed in cool soil during early spring in permanent location …

Wisteria sinensis - Chinese Wisteria Plants / Climber Plants

Blue Chinese Wisteria Plants

The Chinese wisteria is a shade-tolerant vine, but it blooms best when grown in the sun. It prefers a deep, rich loam, has a moderate growth rate and is very easy to grow. The vine is easily pruned to keep it contained. The violet blue flowers, borne in drooping 8-12 racemes, are produced in late spring …

Rehmannia elata - Chinese Foxglove Plants / Perennials

Rehmannia elata - Chinese Foxglove

Common Name: Chinese or Beverly Hills Foxglove (The Foxglove growing on Steriods). Rehmannia is named after Joseph Rehmann (1799-1831) a physician in Petrograd, Russia. The flowers of this plant look like a foxglove on steroids. The Chinese Foxglove blooms longer than common Foxglove and it has a showier …

Panax ginseng - Asian ginseng Plants / Other

Panax ginseng - Asian ginseng

Korean Ginseng is part of the Araliaceae family and is also known as Panax, Asian, or Chinese ginseng. It is the original ginseng, and is the one revered most by the Chinese. It is very rare in the wild, and most sold today is cultivated commercially. Peeled roots are steamed before drying, and produce …

Rhodochiton atrosanguineum - Chinese Purple Bell Plants / Climber Plants

Rhodochiton atrosanguineum - Chinese Purple Bell

Extremely beautiful rapid growing climber that starts flowering in June and continues until the frosts in the fall. Delightful parasol-shaped fuchsia pink calyx with black/purple to crimson 3 flowers within. Can be used in sunny pergolas, porches, trellises, hanging baskets, even walls. …

Hollies for Gardeners Other / Books

Hollies for Gardeners

Richly enshrouded in legend and superstition, valued for a wide variety of uses and prized by gardeners, hollies have always been part of our lives and gardens. Now they are enjoying a peak of popularity as gardeners wake up to their huge diversity of form, foliage and fruit, marvel at their adaptability, …

Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen' - Chinese Globe Flower Plants / Perennials

Trollius chinensis 'Golden Queen' - Chinese Globe Flower

Golden Queen Globe Flower - Trollius chinensis Golden Queen Family: Ranunculaceae Origin: The species is native to China and Russia. Deep golden yellow flowers. AGM WINNER! Does not like hot, humid conditions. Cut back fading foliage in mid-summer. The moist perennial border, wildflower garden or bog …

Polyscias fruticosa - Ming Aralia Plants / Bonsais

Polyscias fruticosa - Ming Aralia (Bonsai Tree)

The Ming Aralia Bonsai Tree likes warmer temperatures of 60 to 70 degrees and above. Place the plant in bright filtered light near a sunny window and/or under artificial light with a minimum of 150 footcandles. They are an easy to grow bonsai. Native to Brazil. …

Sansevieria trifasciata - Snake Plant Plants / Perennials

Sansevieria trifasciata - Snake Plant

Sansevierias or as they are commonly called Snake Plants or Mother-in-laws Tongue have a rich history of folklore and new science. These plants have a rich history of cultivation. In China, it was kept as a treasured houseplant because the Eight Gods bestowed their eight virtues on those who grew them. …

Musella lasiocarpa - Chinese Yellow Banana Plants / Other

Musella lasiocarpa - Chinese Yellow Banana

Musella lasiocarpa is an exciting banana relative that comes from high altitudes (to frosty 2800m / 9200ft!) in the Yunnan province in China. The maximum height of the plant is only about 1.5m / 5ft, half of which is a very stout, conical trunk, topped by a crown of handsome, slightly glaucous, broad …

Pelargonium citrosum - Citrosa Geranium, Mosquito Plant Plants / Annuals

Pelargonium citrosum - Citrosa Geranium, Mosquito Plant

The Mosquito Plant is a genetically engineered geranium hybrid with a unique characteristic: it repels mosquitoes! It is easily grown as a potted patio plant, and easily enjoyed for its attractive foliage and sweet lemony scent, as well as for its mosquito repelling powers. It produces a leafy, attractive, …