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

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.

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.

Ornamental tobacco, beautiful flowers for a garden bed

Truly unexpected as a garden plant, ornamental tobacco used to be illegal. Ornamental tobacco, key facts Name – Nicotiana Family – Solanaceae (nightshade) Type – perennial Height: 20 to 60 inches (50 to 150 cm) Exposure: full sun, part sun, shade Soil: ordinary  –  Flowering: summer to early fall Today, most governments recognize that this […]
Ornamental tobacco

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
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