by Keri Byrum | Apr 24, 2023 | Plant Spotlight | The variety and choices of plants are endless. How do you decide which new caladium varieties you will be growing this year? I think these photos will provide you some inspiration and you make these important decisions. New Caladium Varieties These photos were taken last year, highlighting several of the best new caladium varieties available on the market. In no particular order… Caladium ‘Dawn to Dusk’ Caladium ‘Dawn to Dusk’ For Caladium ‘Dawn to Dusk’ I felt that I had to show how amazing this caladium looks when the sun hits it. This was planted at a spot in our garden where the afternoon sun lit it from behind and it became even more beautiful. Caladium ‘Crystal Moon’ Caladium ‘Crystal Moon’ White caladiums in the shade.… Read Full Post
by Keri Byrum | Feb 1, 2023 | Plant Spotlight | Is tapeworm plant your next houseplant? Yes! From their vibrant green leaves and small white flowers, to the eye-catching branching patterns of thin stems resembling tiny worms – tapeworm plants bring a special charm into any space. With only basic care requirements for success in your home, these interesting houseplants will add plenty of character with minimal effort. The unique shrub known as the centipede plant, tapeworm plant, or ribbonbush is a sight to behold. It features small flat leaves and stems with an arching shape. Muehlenbeckia platyclada adds an air of mystery wherever it takes root. For a truly inviting home, tapeworm plants are the perfect way to add lushness and elegance. From the graceful foliage that adds texture and contrast in any space to use them as living walls or curtains for privacy – these flowering vines offer much more than just beauty alone!… Read Full...
by Keri Byrum | Jul 6, 2022 | Plant Spotlight | One too many nights of restlessness introduced me to Geogenanthus ciliatus. Here I am, minding my own business while I crawl the internet looking at plants. With black, glossy leaves I was immediately intrigued. I squelched my desire to buy one online, but became determined to locate this plant. Geogenanthus ciliatus is a mouthful of a plant. I simply call it the “geo plant.” You might think the “geo plant” as having rigid, geometric edges but that is not so. Geogenanthus ciliatus is prized for its distinctive, luxurious leaves. They start brilliant green with a broad purple stripe, and then the leaves turn a dark, shiny purple as they mature. It’s almost dark. If your environment is suitable, it forms a beautiful ground cover, but it is best kept as a terrarium or potted plant due to its complex needs.… Read Full Post
by Keri Byrum | Jun 2, 2022 | Plant Spotlight | It is almost embarrassing to admit that for years I have been against flowers with spots. Too gaudy perhaps? Too in your face? Almost like a gimmick for plants? I don’t know if any of these were the reason or not, but after many years on the market I am now the proud owner of a petunia with spots and it is gorgeous! Petunia Surprise ‘Sparkle Red’ by Dummen Orange How to use flowers with spots in containers I actually think containers are the VERY best way to use flowers with spots. These little gems need to be up close to fully be appreciated. I’ve planted my petunia Surprise ‘Sparkle Red’ at the edge of a container near our front door.… Read Full Post
by Keri Byrum | Jan 31, 2022 | Plant Spotlight | Calathea, also known as the Prayer Plant, is a common houseplant with gorgeous foliage. For many of us adding this to our homes, it is important to ask the question: are calathea plants toxic to pets? Calathea plants earn the name prayer plant because when the sun shines on its leaves it opens very wide, and when the sun sets, they close up like folded hands. Calathea is a genus of nearly 300 plant species native to tropical America in the Marantaceae (arrowroot) family. I am one of those people who will be fighting the new genus name, Goeppertia, for a long time. I will forever call my rattlesnake plant Calathea lancifolia instead of Goeppertia insignis. Because of its attractive leaves and relaxing properties, it is one of the most popular plants.… Read Full Post
by Keri Byrum | Jan 24, 2022 | Plant Spotlight | Zamioculas zamiifolia, also known as the ZZ Plant, is a dream plant for every plant lover and is often preferred by homeowners because of its low maintenance. It can grow in almost every condition and won’t require too much of your time to take care of. Despite its low maintenance, it is the most beautiful looking plant which often features in Instagram posts about beautiful indoor house plants. Nonetheless, it may leave you asking, “Are ZZ Plants Toxic for Cats?” ZZ Plants have a maximum height of 3 feet, which is another reason why homeowners prefer this plant as an indoor plant. The fresh green-colored leaves are enough to make the interior of any office, apartment, or house a much more lively place.… Read Full Post