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HEATHERS
Common Heather Calluna vulgaris
  Benefits:
From:

Photographed: Somewhere on the road in Rhode Island in 2013.

Planting and Care: This heather will grow to be a foot or a foot and a half tall and will prefer to grow in full sun in a moist area of the garden.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014
 

Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.

**Mexican Heather Cuphea hyssopifolia
This is a very sweet low growing ground cover. Even when it is not in full bloom as you can see in the photograph below on the left, it has an appeal.
Benefits:
Planting and Care:
I have only seen this plant growing in the sun in a place where it receives very routine rainfall or watering. However, I have seen it growing in a mountain sub-tropical environment and on the left in New England, which seems a good indication of its adaptability. I have one large plant in my garden now and nearby there are several volunteers. This is definitely a plant I could get behind. If you live in a chilly, not freezing place, expect this plant to look a little sad until the weather warms.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2010 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, 2010.

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, 2010.

 
 
 
Helen's Flower 'Tie Die' Helenium autumnale
This colorful and distinctive flowering plant is a perennial which makes it even more appealing.
Benefits:
From:

Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.

Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine, 2013.

Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.

 
 
Heliotrope
  Benefits:
From:

Photographed: In the Thuya Garden, Mt. Desert Island, Maine, 2013.
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 
Hens and Chicks Sempervivum
  Benefits:
From:
Europe and the northern part of Africa
Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine, 2013.
Planting and Care: Plant these easy folks in rocky well drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded area and they should do just fine. They will make an excellent addition to any xeriscape garden.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 
Heralds Trumpet Please See the "E" Page - EASTER LILY VINE
 
 

HERB GARDENS

Our herb garden at our former home in Montserrat in the Caribbean West Indies

While it is traditional to grow only herbs in a garden like this, I thought it would be more interesting and provide more places on the property for herbs to grow if they were planted intermixed in ornamental garden beds. This garden became a real centerpiece for herbs for a while and though we still called it the "Herb Garden," it took on a more exotic flavor with several varieties of canna lilies and amaryllis planted. Some of the herbs were moved on to other garden beds, but we still had basil, parsley, fitweed (a tropical cilantro alternative), Cuban thyme, lemon grass, chives and rosemary.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©Krika.com 2008, 2010

 

In this lightly shaded part of the Herb Garden in the photograph below we had basil, parsley and Cuban thyme growing underneath the frangipani and pinwheel jasmine.

 
 
 
Highway Ice Plant See the "I" Page -- ICE PLANT
 

Holly, Variegated Ilex aquifolium 'Argentea Marginata'
I think this wonderful old standby shrub, ivy, benefits from the simplicity of being a deep green with bright red berries. The variegated type in the photograph just seems too busy; you can barely see the red berries.
Benefits:
From:

Photographed: At our hotel in Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina.
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

 
Hollyhock Alcea rosea
What traditional New England garden doesn't have a hollyhock or two? These are old standbys for good reason and I've now found them growing happily in the Guatemalan highlands in a lovely hotel garden by Lake Atitlan. They flower in early summer and reach four to five feet making them excellent background plants.
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden of Hotel Atitlan at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Care: Hollyhocks are perennials liking full sun and regular rainfall or watering. In warmer places they will tolerate some mid day shade, but always plant them away from windy areas. If you are lucky to live near a well supplied garden shop, buy plants and set them out directly in the garden. If you are less lucky, have a go at planting seeds, but the plants will take two years to bloom. Aphids and spider mites like hollyhocks as much as we do so consider using Rotenone as a control or try a soap spray.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2010
 

**Honeysuckle Vine P. edulis flavicarpa Degener or Lonicera japonica
I remember a bush variety of this heavenly smelling plant from my childhood in Rhode Island. I would probably carry one with me every where we go if only I could.
Benefits: This lovely smelling flowering vine attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Photographed: In the Botanical Garden of Hotel Atitlan at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Planting and Growth: This vigorous vine prefers being in full sun and receiving regular rainfall or watering. It is very adaptable to a variety of garden placements, growing well on a fence or even to retain the soil on an embankment.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010
 

Horseradish Amoracia rusticana
This is an essential ingredient in the most popular dipping sauce for cold shrimp and other similar seafood. In a northern garden growing it should be a snap, but here in the Caribbean who knows? We have yet to get any seeds.
Text Copyrighted ©KO 2007

 
**Horsetail See the "C" Page -- CASUARINA TREE
 
 

HOSTAS

Hostas, with all of the their leaf sizes and colors and their blossoms, make perfect additions to shady areas of the garden. They can be used as background plants or border plants or even centerpiece plants, if carefully done . They are easy to care for and live in enough shade that it is often difficult to find other appealing and reliable greenery. I have fond memories of popping the flower buds when I was a little girl. I think that passion has now been replaced with popping bubble wrap.

 
Plantain Lily, August Lily Hosta plantaginea
This is a plant I remember well from childhood when I didn't think it was something special -- times change as do attitudes. I now rather like this plant and would have it in my shady areas if I had some. With advancing global warming it's good to know this plant is heat tolerant.
Benefits: The fragrant flowers on this plant which very oddly bloom in the afternoon are hummingbird attractants.
From: Russia through to Korea and Eastern China
Planting and Care: Hostas are especially easy to care for. Plant them in bright shady areas even in a cold climate and they will do just fine -- no gardener is necessary.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

Photographed: At the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Rhode Island in 2013.

 

Photographed: In the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

 
Hosta 'Sum and Substance'
  Benefits:
From:

Photographed: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island, in 2013.
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014
 

If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#1 Hosta Mystery
Photographed:
In the Thuya Garden on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, 2013.

 

If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#2 Hosta Mystery
Photographed:
In the Thuya Garden on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, 2013.

If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#3 Hosta Mystery
Photographed:
In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

 

If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#4 Hosta Mystery
Photographed:
In the Thuya Garden on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, 2013.

 

If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#5 Hosta Mystery
Photographed:
In the Thuya Garden on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, 2013.

If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#6 Hosta Mystery
Photographed:
In the Thuya Garden on Mt. Desert Island in Maine, 2013.

 

If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#7 Hosta Mystery
Photographed:
In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

 

If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#8 Hosta Mystery
Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.

 

 
 If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#9 Hosta Mystery
Photographed:
In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.

 

If You Know What This Hosta Is, Please Contact Me
#10 Hosta Mystery
Photographed:
In the Winter Garden in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2013.

 

 
Hottentot Fig See the "I" Page -- ICE PLANT

 

Photographed: In the Palermo Botanical Garden in Sicily, Italy, 2012.

Houseleek Tree, Black Rose Aeonium aboreum syn. Sempervivum arboreum
This is a family of plants that closely resemble the rosette pattern of hens and chicks which has had me going in circles trying to figure out what they all were. Maybe you've had the same problem so here's the solution. These plants grow on stalks while hens and chicks remain on the ground. Sounds easy now, but I've spent a lot of time on this one.

From: The Canary Islands
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy, 2012.

Photographed: In the Blithewold Garden in Bristol, Rhode Island 2013.

 
 
HYDRANGEAS
Climbing Hydrangeas
Climbing Hydrangea Hydrangea anomala ssp. petiolaris
  Benefits:
From:
East Asia and the Americas, both North and South
Photographed: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine, 2013.
Planting and Care:
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013
 
 
Lacecap Hydrangeas

Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay, Maine, 2013.

 
Mop Head Hydrangeas

Photographed: In the Winter Garden in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2013.

**Big Leaf Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla
I remember as a little girl seeing these huge flower covered bushes that seemed even larger than me. We had driven up to Connecticut to visit some distant family. As usual then and now I wandered the garden and was smitten with these beautiful bushes. Years later, my best friend loved them too and my husband and I visited her, planting dozens of them in her garden in the year in which she finally succumbed to cancer.
Benefits and Risks:
The entire hydrangea plant is toxic, but especially the flower buds. "Swallowing hydrangea is like popping a cyanide pill. The present poison, hydragin, is a cyanogenic glycoside, meaning it will cause shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, and a rapid pulse, along with a drop in blood pressure that can cause convulsions and death."
From:
One source said Germany, another said Japan.
Planting and Growth: This old traditional garden bush loves an acid soil with lots of organic material. It is perfect for New England gardens because of the acid soil and apparently also for the South as a friend from South Carolina once spoke of the poor country farms there being loaded with hydrangea. But the South is still the south and she couldn't bring herself to have it in her garden which is a shame because it is a beautiful bush with large showy flowers in blue, purple/blue, pink and white.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©KO 2010 and ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2014

Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine, 2013.

Photographed: At the Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, RI, in the USA in 2014.

 

 

Photographed: In the Winter Garden in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2013.

Photographed: In the Winter Garden in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2013.

 

Photographed: In the Winter Garden in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2013.

Photographed: In the Winter Garden in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2013.

Hydrangea macrophylla Prezioza
From:
Japan
Photographed:
In the Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2013.

Hydrangea macrophylla Prezioza
From:
Japan
Photographed:
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island, USA in 2014.

 

Photographed: In the Wellington Botanic Garden in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2013.

Mophead Hydrangea Landscaping

Landscaping with hydrangeas is a terrific idea as you can see in the photograph below where it is used to disguise a foundation. The foliage is lush and beautiful and the flowers are huge and bountiful. The plants have character, but also make a wonderful backdrop for individual plants that are more exotic in nature.
Text and Photograph Copyrighted ©KO 2010

Photographed: At the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.

 Oakleaf Hydrangeas

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy.

Oakleaf Hydrangea Hydrangea Quercifolia
This shrub growing to 26 feet is very reminiscent of those in most gardens where I grew up and I still love them.
From: The southeast of the United States
Planting and care: This beautiful drought resistant bush prefers to grow in partial to full shade in a slightly acid soil if possible.
Text and Photographs ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2012

Shrub Mystery solved
by Ursula G. writing from Southern Germany

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy.

 

Photographed: In the Botanical Garden in Naples, Italy.

Photographed: At the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Rhode Island in 2014.

 
 Panicle Hydrangeas

Hydrangea paniculata 'Kyushu'
Photographed:
In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine, 2013

 

Photographed: At a roadside garden shop in Maine, 2013

 

Photographed: At the Maine Idyll Motor Court in Freeport, Maine, 2013

 

Photographed: At the Maine Idyll Motor Court in Freeport, Maine, 2013

 

Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine, 2013

 

Photographed: At the Maine Idyll Motor Court in Freeport, Maine, 2013

Photographed: At a roadside garden shop in Maine, 2013

 

Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine, 2013

 

Photographed: In the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay Maine, 2013

 
Smooth Hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens
I thought I was doing pretty well identifying different types of hydrangeas until I got to this latin name and discovered I'm at a loss as usual to figure out what anything is. If you know, please let me know at krikaworks@yahoo.com
 
 

**Hylocereus, Pitaya Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) BRITT. and ROSE or Selenicereus sp.
We found one of these growing in the forest on the way to Tenerillas a small village outside of Taxco, Mexico. We took a piece and brought it to plant at our former home in Montserrat where it was doing just fine when we sold the property. Here at the lake we walk early in the morning and discovered a very large pitaya plant growing by a wall in an abandoned property. As luck would have it, the next day there were workmen there and we asked for a small piece of the plant. He climbed the tree and cut a huge branch for us which was big enough that we had to put it on the roof of a tuk tuk to get it home. We quickly planted it and in short order had a flower bud and then our first fruit that you'll see in the photographs below.
From:
Mexico and Central America
Planting and Growth: Liking sun or semi shade and routine rainfall or watering, the hylocereus is easy to care for and appears to be resistant to most insects. It does appreciate fertilizer now and then. Its flowers and fruit are fabulous!

To see a magnificent wall of hylocereus click here Oaxaca Botanical Garden.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

**Hylocereus, Pitaya Hylocereus undatus (Haw.) BRITT. and ROSE or Selenicereus sp.
We found one of these growing in the forest on the way to Tenerillas a small village outside of Taxco, Mexico. We took a piece and brought it to plant at our former home in Montserrat where it was doing just fine when we sold the property. Here at the lake we walk early in the morning and discovered a very large pitaya plant growing by a wall in an abandoned property. As luck would have it, the next day there were workmen there and we asked for a small piece of the plant. He climbed the tree and cut a huge branch for us which was big enough that we had to put it on the roof of a tuk tuk to get it home. We quickly planted it and in short order had a flower bud and then our first fruit that you'll see in the photographs below.
From:
Mexico and Central America
Planting and Growth: Liking sun or semi shade and routine rainfall or watering, the hylocereus is easy to care for and appears to be resistant to most insects. It does appreciate fertilizer now and then. Its flowers and fruit are fabulous!

To see a magnificent wall of hylocereus click here Oaxaca Botanical Garden.
Text and Photographs Copyrighted ©GreenGardeningCookingCuring.com 2013

 
These photographs were taken on the night of the bloom. We took our chairs out to the garden and enjoyed the show. Not too long afterwards we also enjoyed the fruit.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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