Except for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, I’ve posted very little about my own garden lately, so Helen’s meme–End of Month View–is a good chance to get feedback on a plant that is plaguing my mind. The perpetrator is Rose Glow Caladium, seen below in the front garden.
The caladium was a bit of an impulse purchase…rarely a good thing but understandable when I explain the motivation. Recently, I received a box of plants from Proven Winners to trial in the garden and one of their offerings was Pomegranate Punch Superbells (Calibrachoa hybrid), which I took an instant shine to. Since I don’t have any spot with full sun, I planted the five calibrachoas in the one place they are most likely to bloom, in the front bed where they will get a couple hours of light as the sun rises from behind the house and peeks over the roof. The caladium, with its pink-splashed leaves was chosen as a color echo and foliage contrast to Pomegranate Punch and the nearby cutleaf Japanese maple.
Simply put, the caladiums are driving me nuts. Because the house is built on a steep slope, the front bed is the only part of the garden I see from inside the house and I’m simply not sure I can look at their flashy foliage all summer. For me, they strike a discordant note. What do you think? Do they stay or do they go? Or, is there something else that might be added to take the edge off their brash display?
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