Saintpaulia has low growing spikes of purple bell covered foliage and has a few stamen, three of which are usually recognizable. The flowers are small and form on long, thin stems.

It is advisable to grow them in pots or they will become very big and congested with all the side shoots. Propagation is by division of the tip of the branch and by taking root cuttings. The cuttings take a little longer to grow than the plant, so it is an option you have to decide on.


Bletilla has a wide range of colours and has many species available. Some of the species include Aborescens, Aphyllis, Aerides, Gardners andoutsides. Bletilla is available in many forms from as small as dwarf plants to taller ones and also as plants which grow upright. All species require a position in full sun and loose, well drained soil.

Bletilla foliage is spiky and their leaves turn a rusty red and yellow in autumn. The small flowers have five petals and a yellow lip with darker markings and a red centre.

Gardeners’ orb-shaped leaves and mossy stems are common characteristics of bletilla, but the plant is also well known for the pink and purple star shaped flowers which have a white lip and red stripes running the length of the petals.


Also called ‘butterfly bush’, ‘chedrea’ or ‘Happy Bush’,Abelia is a loose shrub with lovely graceful leaves. Flowers are mainly white or yellow but have also been known to produce pink and purple ones. The leaves are also leafy and generally seen at their tips.

The flowers are small, soft and usually appear in May/June. If you wish to grow butters around the border of your garden,Abelia is a place to go.

It is best to propagate theAbelia speciesby dividing their root ballages or separating individual plants. However, the hybrids have been bred to be easier to propagate, so these species can now be divided with little difficulty. If you obtain a hybrid plant from a nursery, you simply have to divide it so that you can plant it either in your garden or in a pot.

Abelia shrubsgrow to a height of around 4-6m and have pretty colorful flowers in the summer. The red, pink and white flowers are clearly visible on the wide leaves of this species of shrub. The plant may also provide you with berries or seeds in the winter or fall.

Although the botanical name indigenous to Africa, the members of this species have now been naturalized to such a large extent that their common name is usually applied to any rose or bush that has three or more aromatic leaves. Another unusual name is Seba’ Aphrodite’ meaning WhiteRose in Greek and is derived from the Rose dereatche in France.

Growing Requirements for Abelia

  1. Soil – they prefer a loose, fertile and moist soil that doesn’t contain too much sand.
  2. Climate – they can grow in a greenhouse in any zone but prefer a warm climate with plenty of sunlight.
  3. Water – keep the soil moist or dry, depending on the climate.
  4. Fertilizer – they prefer liquid fertilizer with a low nitrogen or potassium content. Don’t use too much fertilizer and be careful not to burn the leaves with too much nitrogen.
  5. Garden – they prefer partial shade in the garden.
  6. Potting – they grow best in containers. They are best kept moist and fed regularly.