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Sunday, September 11, 2011
Caladiums have had a long-standing presence in my garden. It is their cheery, heart-shaped faces that signify summer when they sprout among the structural and foundational plants.
Just for fun and for the sake of trying different hybrids I've given various types a place among the mixed planting beds. After all caladiums have been bred to showcase an array of colors. Selection based on height and leaf-size are considerations along with patterns and hues when making selections.
'White Queen' remains the cornerstone as far as selection goes in my garden. Her outstanding qualities make her a good fit in the partially sunny situations or the shady locations in the back garden. Although she is tough enough to take a good bit of direct sunshine as well.
Sometimes her creamy white background marked by her intense magenta central veining serves well in a 'pocket' among the perennials of variegated shell gingers, aztec grass, impatiens, and xanadu.
Other spaces are filled with drifts of her charisma floating through the garden in curving patterns broken up only by footpaths. She's happy planted tightly together standing 18"-24" tall in well draining, organically amended soil.
'White Queen' has earned her place as the queen among the caladiums in my garden. She will always have a large presence here.