|CALADIUM 'AARON' - I'M NOT THAT FOND OF CALADIUM, BUT DO LIKE THIS ONE, SO I BOUGHT 50. I LOVE HOW IT BRIGHTENS UP THE DARK, SHADY AREAS UNDER TREES NEAR THE END OF THE WHITE BORDER.|
If you remember, I decided to convert our long perennial border into a white border, which will take a couple of years. This first year, I have used mostly annuals, as many of the perennials I wanted were hard to find, or they are too small to bloom this year. Even with using temporary plants, annuals and some containers, the border is beginning to look better - especially now in mid summer. I purchased far too many caladium from Caladium World, the bulbs were massive, but difficult to get started, even in the greenhouse. Caldium insist of warm soil in which to sprout, I had to use a heating mat, even in June. Once they begin growing, they quickly fill a pot. Caladium World ( stupid name - awesome nursery) ships giant bulbs. When ordering, you can request even larger bulbs if you want - they sell 5 different sizes. I ordered the largest bulbs that they sell - some were 7 inches in diameter!
|CALADIUM, IMPATIENS AND JAPANESE DWARF CLIVIA ( SOME VERY RARE ONES) SHARE A CHOICE SPOT IN THE SHADE UNDER A JAPANESE MAPLE ALONG THE WALK AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WHITE BORDER.|
|LAVATERA 'MONT BLANC', A SLIGHTLY FUSSY ANNUAL RARELY SEEN IN GARDENS TODAY. IT DOESN'T EVEN THINK OF BLOOMING UNTIL THE WEATHER TURNS SULTRY IN MID SUMMER.|
|LAVATERA 'MONT BLANC', SEED RAISED AND CAREFULLY TRANSPLANTED AND STAKED ADDS A DOSE OF BRILLIANT WHITE IN THE WHITE BORDER.|
|A DETAIL LOOK AT THE SHADY PART OF THE BORDER. I DID NOT ALLOW ANY YELLOW FOLIAGE, EXCEPT THIS ONE TOAD LILY. BLACK OR WHITE FOLIAGE IS ALLOWED.|
|WHITE ECHINACEA JUST STARTING TO BLOOM. NEXT YEAR, THESE PLANTS WILL BE FAR MORE SHOWY.|
|THE PALMATE FOLIAGE OF RODGERSIA, SOME TRICYRTIS, WHITE IMPATIENS, AND A LOAD OF WHITE CALADIUM FILL IN DULL SPOTS IN THE SHADE.|