Hearts in the Garden

– Posted in: Garden Adventures
Purple heart

Have you noticed your garden has been sending you Valentines? Once you start looking for heart shapes, you'll see them everywhere. In addition to the flapjack plant (Kalanchoe luciae) above, here are a few Valentines from my garden (and others) to yours. Anthuriums have bright, heart-shaped bracts and green, heart-shaped leaves. The taro plant (colocasia), from Polynesia, likes [...]

GGW Plant Pick of The Month- Colocasia

– Posted in: Garden Plants
Colocasia esculenta 'Pink China'- 4-6' cultivar with excellent cold tolerance, hardy to zone 6 (Image courtesy of Agristarts, Inc.)

As I have addressed in previous posts, much of the attention my corporate design work (e.g. Gardens at the Bank of Springfield) receives can be attributed to my use of tropicals in the mixed border. It is unexpected to see lush tropical foliage flourishing in central Illinois. This season I have installed a truly subtropical [...]