Sustainable Development – with Flowers!

The Osasu Show, popularly referred to as TOS is a one stop development programme that focuses on the promotion and implementation of Sustainable Development in Africa, predominantly Nigeria. The Osasu Show provides information from state actors to non-state actors and vice- versa regarding economic, social, and environmental policies that cuts across borders. We are also very concerned about preserving the environment, and in this short article (or rather, a listicle), we will investigate what we love the most, that is to say – flowers.

Improving the Greenery Around You

The 7-inch spikes of veronica bloom atop 12- to 24-inch plants in shades of blue or red from early summer through fall. In the North, veronica prefers sun, but it likes a bit of shade in the South. Plant these perennial flowers at the front of the bed. Giant white calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) grows from a rhizome and thrives in full sun and rich, sandy soil. This plant needs to stay evenly moist, so a thick layer of mulch is a good idea. Calla lilies can grow up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis 'White Wings'), silver-spotted leaves create a distinct foundation for bell-shaped white flowers that reach heights of up to a foot.

Solomon's Seal – gracefully arching stems support clusters of tubular white flowers and long, bright green leaves. A perfect plant for a shady border. Perennial Hibiscus, also known as rose-mallow and swamp hibiscus, was bred from wildflowers native to the East and South. Huge red, pink or white flowers can be as much as a foot across on stems that range from 2 to 8 feet high, depending on the variety. 

Basil is a perfect addition to any kitchen!Gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta) has deep golden petals that radiate from chocolate centers on 2- to 4-inch-wide flowers. Plants reach 3 to 4 feet tall and 1 ½ feet wide. Shorter varieties such as ‘Goldilocks’ and ‘Toto’ top out at 10 inches tall.  Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily) has flowers of the evergreen hybrids come in shades of purple with dark flecks and last well in bouquets. Alstroemeria aurea blooms come in shades of yellow and orange. The 2-to 3-foot tall plants produce flowering shoots as long as the soil doesn’t get too hot. 

Asters (Callistephus chinensis) are easily grown and transplanted; they reigned in the 1880s. But they don't bloom in six-packs for spring bedding plant sales, so marigolds and petunias have eclipsed them. Annual asters, also called China asters, flower in all colors but orange. Midwest native coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) bloom throughout the summer. Plants range in height from 16 inches to 4 feet, depending on the variety. One of our favorites, 'Kim's Knee-High', tops out at 16-20 inches, and doesn't flop over in the wind and rain.

Sunflowers are easy plants for kids to grow – they will definitely be impressed with Sunflower ‘Mongolian Giant’ growing up to 14 feet tall. Just sow the seeds straight into the ground in a sunny, sheltered spot and watch them grow and grow and grow.  Tomato’s perfect partner, basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow, making it a great top 10 must-grow plant. Add it to sauces, soups, and salads for a spicy, tangy flavor. The many varieties, from lime basil to Thai basil, have flavors ranging from spicy to touch of anise.

Work for the Plants!

Gardening as a hobby is all the hype these days. Of course, gardening isn't for everyone – some people are more into nightclubs or winning it big at superenalotto italy; but for a lot of us, there is nothing better than simply sit back and enjoy the atmosphere plants give us. Gardening is fun for all the ages, from children to elderly – and it should be cultivated as much as possible, especially in today's polluted atmosphere.