Acacia, also known as Mimosa, originated in Australia. It is the country’s national flower. They celebrate this sunny colored flower every year on September 1st. Australians wear mimosa to show their patriotism for their country. In war time people would send Acacia to their loved ones fighting in battle, as a symbol of their support.
Acacia gets its name from the Greek word “Akais”, meaning sharp point, which refers to the plants prickly leaves. Surprisingly, it is not part of the flower family, but rather the tree or shrub family.
Acacia Flowers can vary in color from cream and pale yellow to gold. The blooms are very fragrant and sweet smelling. The meaning of the acacia flower represents a love that is true and pure. Its beautiful gold blooms stand out in the desert like a beacon of light, a symbol of how true love will always find a way to blossom.
Bee Balm is a very unique type of flower in the mint family. Their unique shaped blooms, will attract not only bees to your garden, but flower admirers all around!
Their magnificent colors range from light pink to a lush purple, red, and even white. Bee Balm gives off a very sweet, yet spicy aroma. This fragrance comes from the oil on its leaves and stem. It smells similar to an herb like thyme or oregano.
The plant itself can grow up to six feet. The height of the plant usually depends on several factors such as variety, growing location and environment. On average, bee balm usually reaches two to four feet tall. The plant mainly grows in August and September. It needs moist, well-drained, fertile soil to grow healthily. It grows particularly strong when it is planted near a lake, stream or pond. Bee Balm has been known to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. This beautiful flower will really to draw attention to your garden.
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To quote Guns ‘N Roses, “Every rose has it’s thorn” but actually rose thorns are called “prickles”. Thorns on other plants and trees are made up of the same materials as the plant. Those thorns are deeply embedded in the woody structure of the plant, and can’t be broken off easily. Rose thorns by definition, can’t really be thorns at all, because they are made up of small, sharp outgrowths of the rose’s outer layers. Unlike a thorn, a prickle can be easily broken off the plant because it is really a feature of the outer layers rather than part of the wood. Roses grow prickles as a form of defense against predators.
However, not every rose has prickles. There are a few varieties that have little to no prickles on them. These are great to plant along walkways, or in gardens.
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Moonflower is one of the most romantic plants you can grow in the garden. It’s a statuesque, ideal evening-garden plant bearing large trumpet-shape flowers that unfurl in the evening (or on overcast days) and stay open until the sun rises. Some are sweetly fragrant when open, and they are actually a close relative of the morning glory. This beautiful plant is also very heat- and drought-resistant, and given the right soil and temperatures, they can continue to bloom in your garden every year. But beware, It’s quite poisonous, especially the seeds.