Welcome To Philippine Garden

Welcome to this web site on a beginner’s notes on gardening in the Philippines.

I began compiling these notes as a guide for myself when I realized how difficult it was to obtain information on ornamental plants the Philippines. I should like to share the notes with new gardeners who want to know a little more about plants than is possible to glean from their friends or plant vendors and who perhaps do not have the inclination or the time to engage in what can be a tedious search for information. The notes are also for those who consider gardening an adventure and a constant source of wonder.

For the small number of plants listed, the site gives scientific names (to facilitate searches in books and web sites and, most importantly, to establish a common base for dialogue) as well as their local names, outlines their characteristics, and provides some cultural information. I have not been able to match scientific names with the local names of some plants. I must also admit to guessing at several of the names and therefore welcome corrections. The site mentions a few possible suppliers in Metro Manila and nearby towns of plants that may be hard to find. Whatever plant information I could gather is provided in the first list, which is arranged alphabetically by scientific names. The second indexes the plants by their common names in the Philippines (where known); names used elsewhere are also given.


My garden, planted in 2004, has now grown. The pili trees tower by the house, so does the ilang-ilang and the self- or bird-seeded molave, and the palms of various kinds stand tall. While they provide a play place for birds and host insects and other wild things, they have covered the ground beneath them in roots and shade. Gone is the lawn below them, and sun-loving shrubs were stunted in growth.

It was time to take drastic action. So, we have given overgrown shrubs a savage cut-back or thinning out; moved out the sun-lovers; massed pots of ferns, alocasia, caladiums, philodendrons, spathiphyllums over rooted ground, and went in search of shade plants for planting elsewhere. Some of the plants we found are now among the entries in this web site (marker: Plant for the shade/moderate light conditions).

You are welcome to email lenisutcliffe141@msn.com if you want a plant added to the list and have the related information. Or, you may wish to add to, comment on, or simply to correct the information provided here.