Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Ideally, you would want to have an attractive front porch that invites your guests to stay a while.
Your front yard is the first place anyone visiting your home interacts with. Ideally, you would want to have an attractive front porch that invites your guests to stay a while. Having the best plants in your front yard adds splendor, life and color to your home.
Peter Munini runs the Grand Gardens plant nursery in Ruiru. He takes us through the best plants for front yards that are not only beautiful, but also affordable. The majority of the plants recommended by Mr Munini range between Sh100 and Sh1,000.
Peter Moonen Plant Nursery Pictured on September 15, 2023 at Peter Moonen Plant Nursery along the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi. photo | Billy Ogada | NMG
Anthuriums are the first flowers Mr. Moonin recommends to anyone looking to transform their front yards.
“Anthuriums are perennials and thrive in partially shaded areas away from direct sunlight. They like fertile soil and are happy when fed with compost.
For healthy growth, one should always keep the soil moist. Therefore, Mr Munini says the best time to plant anthuriums is during the rainy season.
Anthurium pictured at Nyambura Magochi’s house in Kiambu, Kiambu District on July 17, 2023. Photo | Billy Ogada | NMG
“In dry areas, you can water your anthurium plant every alternate day. If it is potted, you can water it even once a week. “Potted plants do not require a lot of water,” he says, adding: “To grow an anthurium plant, you can pick a sucker from The main mother and plant.
You can propagate petunias from seeds. It will do well in direct sunlight and should be watered after each alternate day.
“You can use any clay soil, add some goat manure and your petunias will be fine. Petunias are seasonal. They wilt after some time, maybe after six months or a year,” says Munene, a member of the Kenya Horticultural Society’s gardening group. .
Petunias are photographed on September 15, 2023, at the Peter Munini Plant Nursery along the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi. photo | Billy Ogada | NMG
Because they are self-pollinating, when their seeds fall, they grow on their own.
Mr. Monini offers us different types of tulips that work very well. The African daisy is a perennial flower that comes with pink, yellow, or red petals. The Gloriosa Daisy flower is yellow and is a favorite of bees and butterflies. Daisies can be propagated from cuttings.
Various chrysanthemum plants photographed on September 15, 2023, at the Peter Munini Plant Nursery along the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi. photo | Billy Ogada | NMG
“All the different types of daisies require the same plant conditions including fertilizer and planting. Water them every alternate day for optimal growth. If well cared for, they can last for about two months. However, they require more water than petunias,” As Mr. Monini tells us.As for sunlight, petunias appreciate bright, direct sunlight.
Agapanthus, also known as African lily, is a hardy plant that requires little maintenance and will keep your front porch looking green.
“Agapanthus is easy to maintain as you can always water it at least once a week. It is hardy and doesn’t have any problems with the type of soil you use,” says Mr Munini.
African lily flower thrives well in full sun and can survive well if it gets a weekly dose of water.
“I have English lavender and French lavender. You take care of them the same way,” Mr. Monigne tells us.
Give them well-draining soil, water, and some compost, and your front yard will not only be fragrant, but it will also have a beautiful shade of purple.
Purple lavender plants pictured on September 15, 2023, at Peter Munini Plant Nursery along the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi. photo | Billy Ogada | NMG
“They depend on full sun. French lavender is very rich in scent and flowers. It can also do well in partial sun,” Mr. Monini points out.
Bird of paradise
Well-drained soil and goat manure work wonders for the bird of paradise flower. “For lush foliage and flowers, you can also fertilize with a foliar plant spray.
The bird of paradise plant is photographed on September 15, 2023, at the Peter Munini Plant Nursery along the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi. photo | Billy Ogada | NMG
When propagated from a bulb, the bird of paradise can take up to six months to flower and its flowers can last for a month before it dies.
Red phormium grass will give your front yard a beautiful and colorful cover. “The beauty of phormium lies in its foliage. It requires well-drained soil and regular fertilizing every six months in order for it to flourish. Reproduction is by suckers. It takes six months to grow properly and it is a perennial plant that will not die on you. To care for it you have to remove dry grass regularly,” he says. Mr Munini told us: “Irrigation should be done once a week because it is also a vigorous plant.”
Phormium was photographed on September 15, 2023, at the Peter Munini Plant Nursery along the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi. photo | Billy Ogada | NMG
Roses are one of the best smelling flowers you can have in your front yard. “I have regular roses, miniature roses, and climbing roses. The roses tend to be delicate. There are times when they get bugs or aphids. They are a lot of work, but if you can mist them every few days they become very generous with their flowers.”
Roses was photographed on September 15, 2023 at the Peter Munini Plant Nursery along the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi. photo | Billy Ogada | NMG
Mr. Munini advises that once a rose flower blooms, you should cut it back so it can sprout again.
For plant spacing in your front yard, you need to take the size of the plants into consideration, Mr. Monini says.
“Some like petunias, and daisies are small so you can plant them close together about a foot apart. However, for roses, anthuriums and birds of paradise, which are large plants, you need to space them at least a meter apart.
Peter Munini at his plant nursery along the Eastern Bypass in Nairobi on September 15, 2023. Photo | Billy Ogada | NMG
To care for plants properly, Mr Munini advises that you need a lot of love.
“I’ve seen a lot of people come in, buy plants and leave them like that, and after two or three months, all the plants die.”