Nightshade – a dark name for a helpful family

Much of our food comes from plants of the nightshade family: tomato, potato, eggplant… Discover the reasons behind its name and species that belong to it.

Companion planting in the vegetable patch

Just like humans, vegetables also have friends and foes. Some families stimulate or protect each other. Other families tire each other out and make each other vulnerable. Companion planting is the art of pairing them well!
Raised beds with companion planting

Goji berry, a very interesting fruit tree

The goji berry shrub is trending ever since its health benefits and antioxidant properties have been acknowledged. Lycium is the name of the plant, and its delicious berries have invaded shelves in supermarkets and drugstores alike.
Lycium, the goji berry tree, with red goji berries on a leafed branch.

Brugmansia, gigantic flowers!

Brugmansia, also called “Angel’s Trumpets” for the magnificent flowers shaped like trumpets, is a very interesting and ornamental shrub.
Dangling brugmansia flower opening up to reveal peach-colored blooms.

Tomatillo, the Mexican Physalis

A rarer form of Physalis, tomatillo is a late summer vegetable that is easy to grow since the plant resists disease well. Tomatillo fruits are usually cooked and help soften the spice in many Central American recipes. Top tomatillo facts
Green tomatillo fruits from growing the plant

Ornamental tobacco, beautiful flowers for a garden bed

Truly unexpected as a garden plant, ornamental tobacco used to be outlawed. Today, local governments recognize that this ornamental plant doesn’t pose any health risks. Ornamental tobacco, a short facts list Name – Nicotiana Family – Solanaceae or nightshade family Type – perennial Height – 20 to 60 inches (50 to 150 cm) Exposure – full sun, part sun, shade Soil – […]
Ornamental tobacco flowering in a garden

Calibrachoa, a cascade of colors

Calibrachoa is a very beautiful flower that bears hundreds of small bell-shaped flowers often used as a cascading flower for suspended pots and overhangs.
Violet calibrachoa flowers

Tamarillo, the tomato tree

The tamarillo is a fruit shrub native to the tropics which bears surprising fruits with firm flesh and a tangy, pungent taste.
Tamarillo

Cestrum

Cestrum is native to Mexico, and makes for a wonderful
Pink cestrum flowers
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