10 plants you can’t kill
Nasturtium will tolerate a wide range of soil types, so throw them in and see how they go. Some can be a little invasive, so watch for this. They’re a quick growing solution and come in shades of orange, red and yellow plus the flowers are edible!
2. Canna Tropicana
The hot, bright colours of cannas lend themselves well to bold, tropical plantings. Even when not in flower, their foliage lights up the garden bed. Canna indica is a weed in some areas, so don’t plant it.
The showy, bright flowers of gazanias can be seen year round in the right conditions but the main flowering period is spring and early summer. They also come from South Africa, explaining their dislike of frosts and wet winters. Dead-head regularly to encourage flowers production.
4. Fiddle Leaf Fig
Great for indoors, the violin-shaped foliage of the Fiddle Leaf Fig grows to a massive 38cms long. The Fiddle Leaf Fig grows best in a well-lit position. Water sparingly and if the leaves start falling off – you’re watering too much.
Aloes are succulents hailing from South Africa, Arabia and Madagascar. Aloes love the heat but hates cold, wet and frost so if you live in a cooler winter area grow them in a pot in a sheltered area. Aloes flower in winter and spring, brightening up the garden. They’re salt tolerant, like a gritty, well-drained soil and watering once a month when you remember!
Agapanthus is hardy plants and is easily grown. Agapanthus blooms best in a spot where it gets full sun and moist, well-drained soil. They come in shades of blue to purple or white and are great for borders.
7. Peace Lily
Peace Lily is perfect for indoors. The plant does not need a lot of light or water to survive. Remember to water once a week, or if they are looking droopy and sad. Outdoors, they prefer shaded areas.
8. Crepe Myrtle
Crepe Myrtles are among the world’s best flowering trees. They like a hot, dry climate, and aside from the beautiful flowers from January to March, their bark makes them one of the most beautiful plants around.
The evergreen foliage of Liriope is drought tolerant and easy to grow in all areas of Australia except for the tropics. They come in a variety of purple, pink and white flowers and are easy to care for.
10. Star Jasmine
The versatility of Star Jasmine makes it an unkillable winner – ground cover, climber, spreading bush or indoor plant. The fragrant flowers appear in summer. They’re not fussy about soil type or if they are in sun or shade.
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