Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Croton foliage

This little area has had an assortment of different plants, and then I put in a  few different crotons which have lovely colorful leaves.  No need for flowers when you have colorful foliage.  The grass is still battling here - I think the gardener whippersnips it too close to the ground.  It could also get too much shade, or not enough water, gosh all the different options, it is just a little bit of grass why doesn't it just grow?
anyway .............back to the colorful crotons, which seem to be growing just fine.

 I just love the colors.
and the wavy edges



so glad I planted these beauties.
I know it is very late but I am linking to foliage follow up for May here

15 comments:

  1. Crotons are a wonderful plant, aren't they. I'm always amazed at the different leaf colours even on the one plant. It sometimes seems like no two are exactly alike.

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    1. I know Missy, I often see another one I think I would love to add to my collection.

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  2. Love your crotons. I've tried growing this plant here as an experiment....doesn't do so well:) Love how it looks in your garden.

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    1. I would have thought you could grow it there.

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  3. Don´t think I had ever seen this plant, but certainly looks beautiful. I was just searching the net for it, and it says it´s a house plant. I suppose it survives there as it´s under shade and you don´t get the extreme heat of Perth. Sadly would not survive in my garden...

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    1. I don't think it really loves the humidity, but does like to be well watered.

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  4. I have a wall of these beautiful plants in my garden I love the fact that they give you so much colour while being so easy to look after.....

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    1. Oh gosh a whole wall - you will have to post some photos...

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  5. Oh , the colours! What a vivid pink...I wonder why vivid colours grow in the tropics and here it is more earth colours? I might have to find a warm place and see if it will grow here.

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    1. Kim,
      It is true that a lot of our plants and flowers are quite vivid colors. Maybe since in nature our planting is denser the flowers need to be more visible for pollinators?

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  6. That is a gorgeous croton! I haven't seen that cultivar before. Do you know its name?

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    1. Oh no, you know me, it is just the green and red one as opposed to the multicolored one, or the green and yellow one - sorry!

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  7. Your croton looks so healthy. I have about six of them in the front garden, which were planted by the previous owner. This past year, I saw they are getting black things on the leaves, and dying. I had to remove them all just a couple of weeks ago. Yours are absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Oh no I am sorry to had to get rid of yours. I wonder if it was mildew that your plants had - I think they can be quiet prone to mildew if they are very thickly planted. If you have any left maybe a prune to thin them out and then a spay with milky water might be an option.

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  8. I love your crotons! The wonderful thing about crotons is that there are so many different varieties that you can never truly know them all. I have never seen ones like the pictures that you have posted and they are just marvelous!

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