Farfugium as a houseplant

I’ve had a love affair with Farfugium for a long time. When we moved from Florida to Iowa I brought one along to try the lovely farfugium as a houseplant. The good news is that it is flourishing! The big, bold leaves of farfugium, also known as Leopard Plant, are the main attraction. It is a member of Daisy family, so while it does send up spikes of yellow flowers, to me these seem out of place with the large tropical leaves. I’ve even heard farfugium referred to as Tractor Seat Plant, and I can certainly see that in the broad leaf shape. I first referenced Farfugium on here back in 2015 in my New and Underused Plants post. Back then it was really hard to find.… Read Full Post
Rex Begonia Vine, Cissus discolor

Rex Begonia Vine, Cissus discolor

Rex Begonia Vine, Cissus discolor, is a vine that you will see once and remember forever. I first saw this plant at my friend Sonya’s house in Virginia when we visited one weekend during graduate school. Avid plant collectors, out of all of the pots on their porch, this is the one that I remember. A tender tropical, Rex Begonia Vine is worth the effort. The leaves look like they should feel like velvet and have a metallic silver color. The bottom side of the leaves, vines and tendrils are all a deep purple color. When the sun shines through the leaves the green and silver disappear and just a burgundy purple colors glows through. Cissus discolor is not an extremely aggressive vine.… Read Full Post
The Sunken Garden at Como Park Conservatory

The Sunken Garden at Como Park Conservatory

In June I had the pleasure of visiting several beautiful public and private gardens in the Minneapolis area. It is so overwhelming to try to accurately describe the beauty of these gardens in a single sitting, so I am breaking down some of the different garden and spaces individually. Whew!  I want to make sure to share some images from the beautiful Sunken Garden at Como Park Conservatory. I was completely blown away by the colors and textures in this conservatory. The mixes of tropicals and perennials were perfect and the color combinations were spot on.  Enjoy these images of this great garden! The Sunken Garden has a pool of water running down the center, allowing for water lilies and gorgeous reflections.… Read Full Post
Mousetail Plant- Phyllanthus myrtifolius

Mousetail Plant- Phyllanthus myrtifolius

Mousetail Plant, Phyllanthus myrtifolius, may be my favorite plant that you’ve never heard of.  Or at least it is right now. You can see the weeping form and soft texture of the Mousetail Plant. When I think about texture in the garden this is the plant that comes to mind (and foxtail fern, Asparagus densiflorus ‘Myersii’). Its flowers are really without mention, and now that I am writing this, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the flowers.   The photo at left was taken at Harry P. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida. This plant has been here for several years and is well over three feet wide and 18-24″ tall. It is evergreen throughout the winter and is being grown in fairly deep shade.… Read Full Post
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