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Sunday, March 13, 2011
Philadelphia Flower Show 2011 - Dark Plants 1
I love dark, dramatic plants. Of course they are best when paired with plants with light or bright foliage and blossoms.
I'm sure some of you will recognize the first one. It is often used in planters. This is the sweet potato vine, Ipomoea batatas. Two popular colors are this one, and a bright, yellow-green one.
This one might be a surprise. It's a Coleus, yes, related to those easy-to-grow planter favorites with the bright-colored leaves. This one is solenostemon scutellarioides 'Defiance'. I tried really hard to do a better job of getting the names of the plants that interested me this year.
This is a Calthea, variety 'Dottie.' It's a tropical plant, usually grown just for the foliage, the same as the two previous plants. It comes in a huge variety of colors, and is sometimes called Prayer Plant.
I have several more dark plants for another day, and one very special one that even won a blue ribbon. I've already collected a few really cool pictures from here at home, too. Well, I sure won't run out of things to blog about any time soon!