What’s Growing On
Rose of Sharon
Hardy Tree Hibiscus is like having a little bit of #Hawaii in #Vancouver
Showy little tree or large shrub which produces an abundant crop of flowers over the whole plant from mid summer to fall. Hamabo has light pink petals with a bright red throat. Plant on mass for borders or summertime privacy screen. Pot up and grow in an outdoor container on patio’s and decks to add a splash of summertime colour. Full sun to partial shade.
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And when established they can become quite drought tolerant I hear!
Can’t have a summer without some hot sunflowers! These gorgeous beauties are reseeders from last year’s sunflowers which I got as seedlings from the same neighbours who gave me my Primrose, and Tiger Lilies. We have SO MANY sunflowers come out of the gardens this year in fact, that we weeded out several seedlings and I even tested out transplanting several others into wilder areas.
From here though I’ve begun to weed out those that don’t have the colours/patterns that I have in mind. Those that are pure yellow are being weeded out from the sunflower patch, so that the multicoloured ones remain for the next year’s generation. I’m even keeping the lighter forms so that I can hopefully bring out that distinctive lighter ring in the center of my darker sunflower forms next year.
Since my dad’s a stickler against any sunflower that isn’t a yummy large seeded mammoth strain (he even has the nerve to call these beauties here false sunflowers…), my plan is that I’ll eventually grow some mammoth sunflowers with my multicoloured strain so that they’ll cross pollinate and that the next generation will hopefully have some of the characteristics of both; this brilliant red/yellow colouration while having large edible seeds of the mammoth strain. Of course that plan isn’t happening until I’ve selected my current sunflower colourations into genetic perfection.
Photographed throughout July 2014
A simple, shady container
Pound Ridge, NY
Nice combo! I can tell that the purple leaved plant is Oxalis, but what’s the tall variegated plant?