Or is it, Love Lies Green? Whatever, these 'Love Lies Bleeding ( the green form) have reached 7 feet tall in our intense tropical summer weather, and they finally are starting to drop their flower stems which make them so cool. These stylish green tassels belong to a family of plants related to Celosia called Amaranthus, specifically, Amaranthus caudatus. Growing 'Emerald Tassels' isn't easy, for simply buying a six pack at a garden center will rarely reward you with plants like these 7 foot tall giants. But they are easy enough, as long as you follow two rules. One, Plant the seeds yourself, either in your own plastic pots, or better yet, in the ground where they are to be grown. If started in pots indoors ( as these were), carefully remove them when large to their final growing location, for Amaranthus ( and Celosia) detest transplanting, and if they ever experience stress while in a pot ( be it becoming even ever so slightly root bound, or allowed to dry out even once) they will virtually stop growing.
I ordered my seeds from Johnny's Selected Seeds, planted them in April, and transplanted them in mid May. I planted this bed with another new cultivar of Amaranth called 'Hot Biscuits', which, is rather boring in it's browness, but it sounded perfectly ugly ( it is) and I was tempted to try it. Besides, they had me at the name. Sometimes, colors like this can be exciting to try, for happy accidents can happen, and as a color geek, I am always willing to try odd combinations. The green of the 'Love Lies Bleeding' is awesome, the bisquits? No so much. I may yank them out, because they are now 8 feet tall and shading my new tree peonies.
The Agapanthus is just starting to bloom, here, a dark blue cultivar begins to unfurl it's flower heads infront of the greenhouse.