Plants Featured on this Blog during
the 2015 Calendar Year
Muhlenbergia capillaris (pink Muhly grass): Read about how blogger from “A Walk in the Garden’ describes this beautiful pink soft textured ornamental grass glowing in the sunlight. This grass is a must have for sun lit gardens and works well in container gardens and patio pots too.
Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree): The violet-blue flowers in this vase are from a chaste tree (a deciduous shrub which blooms a long time in the summer, and re-blooms in fall when deadheaded). Read how a North Carolina grower has grown his chaste tree for 20 years in his amazing gardens.
Castor Beans Giant Zanzibariensis (Racinus) – This plant provides quick tropical like shade in containers with its large leaves. See how Cathy T planted this baby by her mail box and got the whole neighbor’s attention, then she decorated the plant for Halloween after it was hit by frost. This plant is easily grown from seed and can make a monster sized impression in your landscape, container gardens, or by the road side – however, all plant parts are poisonous.
Red Banana Plant (Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’) – A zone 9-10 plant for full sun to part sun/part shade locations. A Ethiopian native with a thick trunk and long wide leaves. See how Cathy T demonstrates the overwintering of the infamous red banana plant after the summer season is over and fall has arrived. This exceptional thriller grows fast in container gardens and patio pots with showy big leaves and beautiful red coloring. Ensete (genus) is all you need to type into the “red search bar” on this blog – located on the right side of the screen if you wish to see more about this wonderful tender tropical thriller.
Wasabi coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides ‘Wasabi’) – Read about how this plant is a top performer in container gardens and see the photos of how stunning and dramatic it looks next to darker toned plants like Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ (elephant ear). Its a keeper!
Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’ (Autumn Fern) – Golden Head Planter with a Native Fern. Read about how well it worked in a head planter for shade and moist soil. This post was part of ContainerCrazyCT’s ‘Flashback Fridays’ series, where she shares container gardens and images from prior years.
Evolvulus glomeratus – One of the Blues in Nature with a Surprising Twist (a.k.a., non-vining morning glory, annual in CT planting zones). Read about how it was used as a “filler” in container gardens for a wedding client in the wedding container gardens and patio pots rented for the event.
Echnicea purpurea (conflower) – Read about how it was used in an informal small perennial garden and its amazing health benefits when taken as an extract. See the blog post HERE.
Pachystachys lutea (golden shrimp plant) – Used in a big pot with two other simple plants, this interesting plant provides quite the show in summer. see the blog post HERE.
Crocosmia – When planted in a whiskey barrel one year, this red blooming perennial was a show stopper and hummingbird attractor. See how well it grew with other large and showy plants one summer. See the prior blog post HERE.
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