Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Monday, September 27, 2010
September Favorites: Blue Ginger
Gingers, ornamental tropical perennials, are just one of the many advantages to gardening in Florida.
There are several varieties growing in this garden but in September it is the butterfly gingers and the (false) blue gingers Dichorisandra thyrsiflora that have my attention. They aren't fast growers but I've been digging them to divide them each year. Won't it be nice to see them in more locations.
Hurricane Lily Lycoris radiata var. radiata, members of the Amaryllis Family, and a favorite food of the Eastern Lubber grasshopper. That means, out of 50 bulbs, there are only 2 or 3 that make it to bloom each year. It is a shame. Each one a work of art and detail. The lubbers chew the stalks and the buds.
Golden rod Solidago sempervirens
Crinum angustifolium 'Queen Emmas' a favorite scented bloom and remarkable foliage.
Crinum angustifolium 'Queen Emmas'
White Queen caladiums, continuing to perk up the September garden.
Miss Muffet caladium
White Christmas (I think) Caladiums on the edge of the tropical pathway.
Jatropha podragrica, Buddha Belly's large foliage leaves are always a favorite.
The bloom is sort-of insignificant albeit unique~~ making it a favorite autumn bloomer.
In the northside berm, alocasia, coleus, and caladiums combine for a lush display we've been enjoying for months.
Dragon wing begonia (or is it an angel wing?) in a container on the front walkway echos the shades of the Ti plants behind it. A VERY favorite foliage, easily rooted from cuttings.
Cassia alata or candlestick plant begins blooming in August and carries on through September/October. A favorite of so many buzzing critters and a host plant for cloudless sulphur butterflies. Candlestick is an easy carefree perennial. It will self-seed prolifically but seedlings are easy to pull or transplant.
Tiger Swallowtails are a favorite on one of their favorite nectar plants, Red Pentas lanceolata, making it a favorite for the gardener, too.
Amazing bloomers in sun or partial shade they are a must-have perennial for Florida gardens.
Bulbine frutescens ‘Yellow Rocket’ didn't bloom great until the last few weeks. It is a bright spot street-side although kind of hard to notice with the purple muhly grass sending up its clouds of purple in September.
Oh, yes, purple muhly grass Muhlenbergia capillaris a Florida native, is by far the star of the front gardens in September. More on this plant later. Don't you think it deserves a post of its own!
All plants listed are considered Florida-Friendly.
Thanks to Susan at Simply Susan for her creation of "My Favorites This Month". Be sure to visit her for more varieties of Florida-Friendly plants.