When I see this flower I think of fall, and also the flower reminds me of the perennial astilbe flower and or looks kinda like a celosia flower too.
I am loving the color, and this will be my first year to grow from seed.
The plumage on this amaranthus stands tall with torches a blazing.
When fall comes the colors will blend great in the autumn landscape. Giant 2 foot plumes with red amaranth foliage which is then combined with soft pistachio-green and bronze tones creating a airy beauty in the summer months.
Gigantic blooms last for many weeks, as two added bonuses , perfect for cutting or fresh and to be used in dried arrangements. Plus, a ideal food source for the songbirds in the fall.
Attractive to bees, butterflies , and birds. A multi use plant , which in my eyes is a well worth growing plant.
The plumes show their beauty from summer to fall months, and can even be beautiful if left for winter months.
The color shades of the plumes have intense green at the base to lighter celery hues and bronze at the tips. If you are looking for something unusual and different , this is it!
Autumn’s Touch grows 31/2 – 4′ ft tall, beautiful dark green foliage that have thick stems . No staking here folks!
Plant in full sun area, with well drained soil. No zone area given.
Plant as a backdrop or center of a flower bed. No doubt this will look good anywhere.
I have a feeling , this plant will be hot, hot, hot.
Out in my patio sits the Dipladenia Red Riding Hood Vine. I have had this beautiful vine for probably going on 4-5 years . I keep the dipladenia indoors year around and love to watch it bloom. We are in January right now and it has been blooming for a few months now. I must tell you that this patio ranges in temperatures of 40 F-60 F in the winter months , quite a difference but it doesn’t seem to bother this vine very much, in fact as I see it blooming this moment I feel it is pretty tough tropical vine.
This variety is a cherry pink in color, Very pretty!
The flowers are slightly fragrant reaching 4 ” wide which last 4-5 days in bloom.
Woody, twinning, evergreen vine with dark, glossy, oval leaves. Clusters of flared, trumpet-shaped flowers. Blooms year around.
Prune as needed in summer or winter. Fertilize every 2 weeks with balanced fertilizer, or a fertilizer rich in phosphorus (10-20-10 for instance).
Scientific name is Mandevilla, but it does not have as large as flowers , nor the leave size of the normal mandevilla vine. Still is a noteworthy specimen of a plant .
A vigorous vine that grows 4-6 ft in size, making for a wonderful poted plant or even works well in baskets.
Hardy to zone 10, can bring indoors if you have cold harsh winters.
Plant in sun to partial shade area, keep moist in the summer months and on the dryer side in the winter months. T he Mandevillas have tubers similar to a dahlia, and do not like over watering in winter.
This is a easy to grow tropical vine, as I have grown this one for years .. They do lose their leaves but also manage new growth.
I will be trying my hand at propagation , take single single node hardwood cuttings dipped with rooting hormone which hopefully should start rooting in 4 weeks.
I will place the cuttings in a 10×20 plastic tray , use a peat and perlite or vermiculite soil, then one technique that may produce roots faster is placing the planted cuttings on a heat mat and then place a clear dome plastic lid over the tray to keep the humidity high. This works for other cuttings I have grown before. So I will see how this works out and hopefully create a video to show you.
This cobaea vine will be a new one for growing here in Iowa, honestly I am not sure how well it will do, but I am willing to take the gamble. Cathedral Bells is also know as cup and saucer vine.
I found two different photos online , one must be enhanced with color, and the other well probably is more like the end result, but I will see for sure once I grow them beauty spring 2011. I hope to have my own photo to add to this post later on.
The cobaea vine produces large and fabulous exotic looking blooms . Buds open to a creamy green, then changes to a rosy violet and again changes to a mature rich purple. I don’t know about you but this sounds like a very eye catching vine.
Cup-and-Saucer takes its name from the bloom form–the big cup-shaped blooms arise from a cluster of petals, surrounding the base like a saucer!
A charming effect, enhanced by frilly, curlicued anthers of chartreuse emerging from the white-streaked throats of these huge, silky blooms.
Grows to a length of 20 ft, and is considered to be very vigorous . Does not have many pest problems and is said to be trouble free.
Hardy in zones 9-10 , grow in a sun area, uses average watering needs.
One thing about growing different and unusual plants , is there seems to be many different results on growing in areas thoughout the world , so the best way to know is to grow it yourself in your own zone area , to see if they indeed grow well .
You would think after over a dozen different heuchera’s I would have enough but really since they are coming out with more and more colors , shapes and textures, resisting is very tough.
Heuchera Miracle has a special name with much meaning and could be used for that special moment in people’s hectic lives where we all face some challenges, this immediately was my thought and I love plants that have special names.
A Heuchera that emerges chartreuse with a central pattern of beet-root purple..
As Heuchera Miracle matures colors with change from a mature brick-red with a chartreuse -yellow margin.
Heuchera look great in a part sun to partial shade area, and must have well drained soil.
They look beautiful in the ground as edging , mass plantings , and pots with combination plantings , known for their beautiful eye catching foliage.
Pink flowers compliment this beauty in late spring . Grows to a 12-18 inch clump and is Hardy in zones 4-9.
Again another Heuchera I am pleased to offer Spring 2011.
What a sweet succulent! Which means extra beautiful. Hoping to get some more photos soon, truly excited to have this added to my collection of succulents.
When it comes to succulents color and textures, this one really stands out. Giving us such beauty as it grows and matures.
I don’t know about you , but succulents have become my weakness when purchasing plants. My basement is now taken over by them and hopefully will be able to thin them out come Spring.
Rosette forming succulent of pale grayish-brown foliage with pinkish highlights and a white powdery dusting on the leaves.
Coral flowers with a yellow center appear on a 1-foot long reddish stem in the summer.
Grows to 12 inches by 12 inches. For full sun in well-drained soil or in a container in full sun in zones 9 to 10, and Hardy to 25 degrees
Plant origin states from Mexico, and is in the family Crassulaceae (Stonecrops).
Noted as the most beautiful plant one can grow, easy care and low water drought tolerant plants.
Here is a little History on this succulent Echeveria Perle von Nurnberg.
This plant is a hybrid between Echeveria gibbiflora ‘Metalica’ x E. potosina (now E. elegans) that was created by Richard Graessner of Perleberg, Germany in the 1930′s, who was considered a famous succulent plant grower in his time.
Many succulents do well indoors as houseplants, but do prefer staying on the cooler side, especially those that tend to stretch, but I have had really good results with most succulents only a few seem to require cooler temps to reduce stretching.
Enjoy your succulents, if you don’t have any, they are becoming very popular on the market. Most nurseries and garden centers carry some varieties of succulents.. So watch for them!
Caladiums are grown for their beautiful foliage color.
Caladiums standout in shade gardens with their large, pointed arrow-shaped leaves splashed with shades of green, white, cream, pink and red.
They are considered a tropical plant, meaning they like to live in a warm climate area.
To get a head start in spring , start your tubers inside in a warm area 4-6 weeks before you last frost date , they do well with bottom heat and will take a few weeks to show signs of growth.
Wait until the soil warms to around 6o degrees outdoors before planting your Caladiums.
You will enjoy foliage color all summer, mix them with Hostas, Ferns, shade loving plants.
To be used in containers or planted directly in the ground.
If planted in the ground they must be dug before a killing frost, you will know when they are stressed if they seem wilted and droopy from the cold. After you dig them , find a box or storage container of some sort , add some peat moss , cut the leaves down to the growing point and place in the container . Check them in the winter months not letting the soil completely dry out , as the bulb will shivel up.
Containers can be brought in and place in a cool area to winter . You can leave them in the containers, keep them on the dry side but do not let the soil completely dry out.. Don’t let the temperature get below 55 degrees, keep and eye on them over the winter months.
If you are fortunate and bring the container in before cold weather comes, then try your hand and use them as a houseplant. Inspect for bugs and place by a window for the winter months.
When spring arrives the following year, divide the tubers and place them in individual pots , place in pots that have a peat /perlite mix soil and plant about 2 inches deep, cover with soil , keep moist and keep them warm and wait for growth to appear.
Caladiums Are hardy in Zones 9 – 11 , otherwise plant as a annual .
Grows 18 -24″ H, (Dwarf varieties 8 -12″), Width varies with cultivar and age
Caladium bicolor ‘Freida Hemple’ – Bright Red Centers and wide green margins
C. B. ‘‘Little Miss Muffet’- small, lime-green leaves with deep red speckles and often red veins
C. b. ‘Pink Beauty’ Pink centers surrounded by pink-speckled green margins, often with red veins
C. b.‘White Christmas’ white leaves with green veins.
Winter Care in Cold Zones: If grown outdoors in a cold climate, they can be considered annuals or you will need to dig and store the tubers over winter. Do not wait for them to be hit by frost.
Division: You can divide your Caladium tubers in the spring, to create more plants. Cut the tuber into sections that each contain at least one eye or knob and pot or plant as normal.
Houseplant Care: When growing Caladiums as houseplants, water whenever the soil feels dry and feed monthly. Begin watering less in autumn, as plants naturally stop growing.
Problems: Although Caladiums are carefree growers, they can be subject to the following problems if growing conditions are not ideal: tuber rot (especially if planted outdoors in cold, wet soil), Southern blight, leaf spot and root-knot nematodes. Indoor Plants: aphids and spider mites.
What is a Heucherella?? I love when they cross different species that then form a beautiful looking plant.. Heucherella is a cross between a heuchera and tiarella.
Foliage of a Heuchera and flowers and cut leaves of a Tiarella together they form this outstanding specimen of a plant.
With a added bonus of tolerating the heat and humidity.
Featuring: Large cinnamon star leaves surrounded by orange tea colored borders. Possibly the most intense colored Heucherella to date.
The big, cut leaves darken in the summer and lighten up again in the fall. Its H. villosa breeding gives it a big bold habit.
Can you imagine how this plant can and will look in your landscape , the color definitely will stand out wherever it is planted.
Heucherella Sweet Tea has fast growth and a mounded tight habit. Grows 28″w/20″h/27″ flower height.
Flowers in spring and resembles foam flowers and are white pinkish color.
Plant in part shade to morning sun area, and is hardy in Zones 4-9.
Landscape choices include shade gardens, woodland gardens, containers , and mixed bed areas.
Diane’s Notes: This has to be one of my new favorite plants, I was very impressed with it’s growth and it is all they say it is.. Outstanding color all season. Don’t hestitate on this plant , I love it and I am pretty picky on plant choices..
Have you tried this new Heucherella , please post your results and how you like it.. Love to hear from you..
Alternanthera Grenadine grows 12-18 inches tall. Is considered a Thriller – Used either in the back or middle of a container. Usually a taller item that adds height and drama to the container.
Plant usually as a annual except for Zones 9-11, Hardy to 25 degrees. Loves a partial shade or shade area.
Looks great in Landscapes and containers. Use in beds, baskets and containers.
Side Note: I am loving this new Alternanthera , showing it’s brilliant color all season. Doesn’t always have to bloom to look pretty. Foliage plants are fantastic, pretty much everywhere they are planted. Can’t wait to see it’s performance in Spring of 2011.
What do you think? Place a comment below , love to hear from you..
Another new color in the Calibrachoa world . With so many on the market this superbells is yet another breakthrough in color.
Wow this Calibrachoa will for sure turn some heads. What a Beauty!
This is by far one of the more asked for plants in the gardening world , more and more people are loving how they perform under all kinds of weather conditions.
So if you are thinking they look a little like petunias well you are right there. Calibrachoas are a new type of plants that sort of look like little Petunias, which makes sense seeing as we’re related.
Oodles of flowers cover these beautiful trailing spiller plants, and with continuous bloom , they have what everyone is looking for .
Abundant, small petunia-like flowers all season on cascading growth; low maintenance
• Attracts Hummingbirds
• Deadheading Not Necessary
• Fall Interest
• Heat Tolerant
• Needs Good Drainage
• Pet Friendly
Calibrachoa do not like to be wet , if you are planting them in the ground good drainage is essential.
Great for container planting , as they only grow 8-14 inches , trails up to 36 inches
Grow as a annual , except for zones 9-11.. Hardy to 30 degrees, Plant in sun.
Loves to be fed , so fertilization is important to keep blooming and growth adundant.
Hummingbird and butterfly attractor.
Superbells Calibrachoa Blackberry Punch is a Super Duper Plant that is going to explode in the gardening world.
Exploding with popularity the Calibrachoa should make it way into everyone’s home before long. Ask for this plant wherever you go , and add to your list of plants.
You will be glad you did!
Make someone :) and Give a Flower as a Gift.
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