Papyrus is a clumping aquatic plant that was used most famously in history by ancient Egyptians to make paper. Native to the Nile river, papyrus thrives as a submerged water plant in full or part sun and is sensitive to frost. In modern times the papyrus can be used to purifying and clean water, or simply grown as an ornamental.
This bromeliad is named after its colourful flowers which appear in mid to late Spring. Bracts are bright red and frame the multiple yellow flowers born on a red terminal spike.
Green leaves with pink tips give the name Painted Fingernail to this bromeliad. Suited to part shade or full shade conditions in the garden, this brom can also be grown successfully indoors, which is sometimes necessary if you live in a region where temperatures drop below 1 degree celsius.
Tall and slender, this palm lily has broad strappy leaves and is well suited to tropical styled gardens with moist soil and filtered sun. Grows up to 4m in height with clusters of berries ripening from green to red in Summer.
This succulent plant is popular for its felted blue-grey leaves dotted with chocolate brown margins. Grows best in a dry position and protected from the midday sun. Can be grown indoors in a well lit area.
Pandanas grows throughout the sub-tropics and tropics and is well suited to frontline coastal conditions.
Flat Leaf Parsley and Curly Leaf Parsley are the two common varieties of parsley. We use parsley as an ornamental along garden edges near the kitchen door, very useful and decorative at the same time. White flowers bloom in summer attracting bees, butterflies and beneficial insects to the garden. For this reason parsley is a good companion plant to...
We grow this passionfruit for personal use and it never fails to produce a plentiful crop each year, sometimes even two. The vines trelis up over an arbour and give us shade in the summer months.
Peanut flavoured nuts from this semi-deciduous tree make great a snackfood. Eat raw or roasted or pioneer new recipes with this difficult to find ingredient.
Pennyroyal is an aromatic perennial groundcover that is used as an insect repellent for fleas, ants, flies. It likes moist, partly shady conditions.
This plant is has a stronger coriander flavour in cooking than the common coriander. The added benefit is that it is a perennial and therefore perfect for those of us who want fresh coriander on hand in the garden all year round.
The Pickeral Rush is a beautiful exotic aquatic plant that grows well in a bog garden or pond. The puffy seeds are edible fresh or cooked. Purple flowers appear in summer and will attract bees to your garden.
Oval succulent leaves with bristly white hairs grow on woody stems to 30cm in height.
Pigeon pea is a small woody tree known for it's drought hardiness and food value throughout dry arid regions of the world. In India pigoen pea is known as toor dal and commonly eaten in soups and stews.
Pineapple Sage is a perennial herb growing up to 1.5m tall by 1m wide. Crushed leaves have an aroma of pineapple and the vibrant red edible bell-shapped flowers have a sweet pineapple flavour. Add the flowers to a fruit salad for some colour or enjoy the leaves as refreshing tea.
The Poinciana is a beautiful ornamental shade tree, with masses of showy red blooms that dominate its broad canopy in summer.
The Pomegranate is a small deciduous tree averaging 5m in height with a rounded crown of slightly weeping glossy mid-green leaves. The leathery skin can range in colours from yellow-green to deep pink-red, containing a large number of delicious highly nutritious seeds.
Ponytail palms are appreciated for their bulbus trunk and weeping fronds. Its high tolerance to drought and indoor conditions makes the plant a great low maintenance bonsai.
The Ponytail Palm is a slow growing, drought tolerant plant native to the desert regions of Mexico. The bulbus base of the plant acts as a storage tank for water and is also the feature that makes the Ponytail so unique and ornamental.
This portulaca is a hardy ground cover with succulent mid-green leaves and bright yellow flowers. Both the leaves and flowers are edible, and due to the presence of oxalic acid leaves should be eaten steamed or cooked.