A few happily buzzing bees or fluttering butterflies make for a cosy garden, and benefit both people and the planet. Did you know that one out of three spoonfuls you eat at diner is directly or indirectly dependent on the work of a honey bee? Enough reason to fill your backyard with some beautiful bee and butterfly-friendly plants!
These are orchids, too, but different and somewhat less familiar than the Phalaenopsis we so often see. Even so, these special beauties feature spectacular flowers and leaves with splendid colours and patterns. They're also just as easy to care for and definitely just as charismatic. Each and every one is a little work of art: discover the Dendrobium, Oncidium and Paphiopedilum.
A tree that stays green year-round, that’s one way to survive those last cold winter months. The citrus tree has been cultivated forever – roughly 4,000 years – and has a pleasant, sweet smell. For people with a talented green thumb, sunny garden and a little luck, you might just find some fruit hanging from the tree eventually. Our Planthunters found these trees in Italy, and immediately loved the quality and abundance of its leaves.
It’s the Gerbera’s little sister: a bright, colourful and well-loved flower. The Germini has the same happy vibes as the Gerbera, and is easy to incorporate in bouquets thanks to its subtle size. Or use the flower on its own in a small vase, this beauty has enough personality to attract attention all by herself!
Kwekerij Montis, a nursery run by the Van den Berg family, cultivates various products at its two locations in the Netherlands.