In August, another exhibition of speciality crops was held at the ‘Handelspladsen’ horticultural industry fair. The common denominator for the specially-invited green participants was their fascinating history, decorative expression and positive impact on the atmosphere and indoor climate of the home.
The Goldfish plant, or Nematanthus, is the name of a fun and easy houseplant, with cheerful orange flowers reminiscent of a puckered mouth or the mouth of a goldfish. With its glossy, plump leaves, it is decorative both during and after flowering. The Goldfish plant is suitable for planting out in the summer months, where a fresh rainshower will highlight the shiny surface of the leaves.
Compact, flower-rich and piquant
Spici Bell or Wahlenbergia procumbens consists of enchanting white bell flowers. If it is planted in pots it will produce fine tendrils, while in beds it will create a whole little mat. Both fresh and dried Spici Bell give off a delightful, spicy, curry-like fragrance – hence the ‘Spici’ name. It loves bright spots, and will diligently produce flowers both indoors and outdoors.
Houseplant, parachutist and climber
Parachute plant or Ceropegia sandersonii is a climbing plant with fun flowers that resemble parachutes, and which will bloom again and again. It is suitable for south-facing windows and very easy to care for, as it can survive without water for up to two weeks.
The beloved child has many names
Devil’s backbone or Pedilanthus tithymaloides is reminiscent of a backbone and ribs, hence its popular name. It is also known as Buckthorn, Fiddle flower and Jacob’s ladder. Devil’s backbone has medicinal properties – the milky juice of the leaves is for example used as an emetic in the West Indies. The plant thrives in a bright spot at room temperature, and can be trimmed and shaped in the spring.
Elegant twining plant with scent and grace
Madagascar jasmine or Stephanotis spreads a good atmosphere and well-being in the home with its natural, healthy fragrance. This very feminine plant can also be used in bridal bouquets, or as table decorations with its vines folded out. Madagascar jasmine thrives best in bright, cool places, and can therefore also be used as a ‘living curtain’ in windows.
Super-easy, with exciting foliage
Sedum makinoi is a decorative and durable green plant, the leaves of which change colour with the light – the brighter the light, the redder the leaves, which grow in various sizes. Sedum mini has small leaves, while Sedum max has large ones.
Enchanting and hardy
Stonecrop or Sedum offers an enchanting play of colours that brings edge and character to the pots of autumn and winter. Stonecrop can be used alone, as a mix, or in combination with other plants, and as it is winter-hardy, it is suitable for planting out.
Romantic ready-to-go roses
A quick, smart and easy offer for the modern consumer who needs to get home and decorate after a busy day. Instant table decoration with roses in bowls is a good solution. The roses are available in shades to match current styles and fashions.
String of Pearls or Senecio herreanus is a fun and unusual hanging succulent with leaves that resemble a pearl necklace, thereby allowing you to decorate your home with nature’s own jewellery. The plant produces small, fragrant yellow flowers. String of Pearls should be placed in a bright spot, but not in direct sunlight.
Perennial pleasure with a play of colours
Pieris is an exciting perennial for the garden pots. It produces beautiful reddish leaves that resemble flowers, and as the seasons change it alters its expression from full bloom to changing leaf colours and the dense green foliage of winter.
Harmonious, fast-growing herbaceous perennial
Blue bugle or Ajuga reptans brings fullness and colour to the garden pots, and is highly suitable as groundcover. It produces beautiful purple flowers in May, and thrives in both sunshine and semi-shade.
The purpose of the exhibitions of speciality crops is to highlight some of the exciting cultures that are produced only in limited numbers, but which help to make the overall range both wide and interesting.
The initiative takes the form of four special exhibitions at national and international fairs, at each of which ten speciality crops of the current season are shown. The crops are presented with their own special stories in words and pictures.
The next special exhibitions will be at: Elmia Garden, 8-9 October in Jönköping, Sweden and Floradania International Trade Fair, 5-6 November in Aalsmeer, Netherlands.
The plants mentioned are available throughout the summer and into the autumn – and some are available all year round.