Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Dwarf Morning Glory


Evolvulus glomeratus
A fast growing, mat-forming perennial, up to 2 x 3 feet, in mild climates, it is also grown in colder climates as an annual.
The foliage is fuzzy, silvery-green. The leaves are oval.
The intense, true-blue flowers, up to 0.5 inches wide, appear late spring until autumn frost. They attract butterflies and bees.
Hardy zones 10 to 12 in full sun on moist, well drained soil. Well establish plants can become fairly drought tolerant. It is easy to grow in colder climates if planted out after the last spring frost. Spindly plants can be cut back to encourage denser growth.

* photos taken on Sep 26 2018 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Sep 5 2022 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 27 2023 in Columbia, MD

Sunday, August 14, 2022


Alternanthera brasiliana
A spreading to bushy herbaceous plant, reaching up to 2 feet in height, that is native from Mexico to Peru, Ecuador and Brazil. It is widely planted as an annual bedding plant in temperate regions around the world.
The elliptical leaves are up to 4 x 2 inches in size.
Hardy zones 10 to 12 ( colder zones as an annual ) in full sun on fertile, moist, well drained soil. Drought tolerant. In temperate climates, plant outdoors during spring after the last frost has occurred. It has become invasive in parts of Australia where its use should be avoided. It is easy to grow from cuttings.

'Purple Knight'
A vigorous annual, reaching up to 1 x 2.5 feet.
The foliage is deep purple.

* photos taken on Aug 1 2022 in Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD

'True Yellow'
Intense golden-yellow foliage.

* photos taken on July 1 2020 in Columbia, MD

* photos taken on Aug 9 2020 in Columbia, MD