This is the Winter in
Dubai, and for those of us from the UK, the balmy 22-28c temperatures and no
humidity make it the perfect winter sun destination. 7 hours flying time, and 4
hours time difference, make it great for those seeking the sun, but the summer
temperatures of up to 50c mean that the choices for plants are completely
different from anything we can plant outside in the UK.
Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis – while garden centres sell this as a 30cm high short lived flowering houseplant, - we sat next to these brilliant red flowers at our lunch table, where they were growing to 120-150cm tall.
admired the fantastic colours of the bracts of this spiky climber in several
blog posts from California and Australia, and as small plants at flower shows, but
it was lovely to see the many different colours climbing and being used almost
I'm pretty sure that this is a form of Bidens, it was forming a lovely ground covering “hedge” to edge the walkways
One of my favourite tropical plants is Canna, - this one is probably Canna Tropicana, and this and the plain version had been used extensively. - Only problem was that quite a lot of it had red spider mite, - probably not so bad when the humidity gets up in the summer, but not great at this time of year.
I think that this lovely white flower which was planted in big groups in the gardens and in the Aquaventure water park is Hymenocallis (please correct me if i'm wrong)
There were also in flower Ixora, Incarvillea, Jasmine and Tradescantea Plus (and most weirdly for me considering it is the middle of winter)
Petunias, Impatiens and Salvia Victoria as Bedding plants