Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Random Tough Plants

While we wait for the very END of possible frost to set out tender annuals, some perennials in the Deep South just know when it is time to start Spring.

A pot of Lantana montevidensis wintered over in the greenhouse with
Salvia farinacea gave these a head start on their companions who
wintered in the open garden.
Lantana montevidensis under pine trees has bloomed
all winter here for the delight of random butterflies who ventured out
on warm days. More tender Yellow Lantana has new sprouts emerging.

 Purple Heart and California Poppies. Setcreasea pallida or  Setcrease purpurea, perennial here, used as an annual farther north. I intend to explore Purple heart as more than edging for beds this year. California poppies Eschscholzia californica,  native in the far west, seed about here, charming.

 Shrimp plant  Justicia brandegeeana enjoyed our mild winter and is blooming everywhere. White Shrimp plant is blooming in the greenhouse, just a tad more tender but root hardy outside. I never planted the yellow kind; Mama grew it as a container plant. The grassy green plant is Crocosmia.
I pull it out by handfuls around desirable plants but it makes spotx of green through the winter.

Sweet William Dianthus barbatus  bridges the gap between the end of
Azalea season and summer annuals as a butterfly nectar plant. I started
new plants from  seed that I hope are white. Technically a biennial, these
 old plants survived several winters under a Live Oak.

Gerbera Daisies are blooming in the garden and so are those newly
set out that I grew in the greenhouse from seed.

Gerberas are a South African native and enjoy cool weather.


  1. You have lots of lovely blooms even if cold is nearby...here I have three sorry little clumps of daffs drooping under some remaining snow.

  2. You have lots of lovely plants blooming. Not much happening here as the last of the snow just melted away a few days ago. Hope it warms up here soon.

  3. Granny always had Shrimp plants...wish I had one...have to go on a search.

  4. Crazy question for you...How many different colors of Lantana are there? I've seen orange, yellow, pink and even purple and even a mix of all colors.


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