The Plants – 2015

Plants Featured on this Blog during
the 2015 Calendar Year

Photo by John Viccellio

Photo by John Viccellio of A Walk in the Garden blog

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.

Chaste Tree Cuttings by A Walk in the Garden blog

Chaste Tree Cuttings by A Walk in the Garden blog

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 Bean in a Large Cement Plant in Autumn

Castor Bean in a Large Cement Plant in Autumn

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.

Cathy T uses a bow saw to say "Timber!"

Cathy T uses a bow saw to say “Timber!”

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 with Dark Toned Elephant Ear Plants - Photo by Patrick C.

Wasabi Coleus with Dark Toned Elephant Ear Plants – Photo by Patrick C.

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!

Head Planters ContainerCrazyCT_0001Dryopteris 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 (4)

Evolvulus glomeratusOne 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.

Coneflower Butterfly

Coneflower Butterfly

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.

2008 Stunner

2008 Stunner

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.

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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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Just lovely with the blue flowers

Just lovely with the blue flowers – Evolvulus glomeratus (bottom right) with Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ with tiny white flowers in the background.  See “The Plants 2014” from the drop-down menu bar on this blog to read about Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’.

2 thoughts on “The Plants – 2015

    • Hi Marcy, I’m guessing you mean the Castor Bean plants I have shown on the plants link. You can ask me here or send me a question via the “Ask a Question” link on this blog – be happy to help you, Cathy T

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