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Clerodendron Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart is a spreading vine-like plant with evergreen foliage. It can climb on a support, spill freely from a hanging basket or be left to trail along on its own. It can also be pruned up to display as a thick shrub. The highlight of the plant is its showy bicolored white and red flower. The white part of the flowers can last for months, but the bright red “blood drop” fades quicker. Needs bright sun for the most vibrant blooms, but performs best with protection from intensely hot afternoon sun. This plant blooms on new growth, so it is best to cut the plant back after current blooms have faded. Although it is root hardy to Zone 9, it really is a tropical plant and does need protection from freezing temperatures.

Coleus

Several varieties of Coleus have been added to our current Availability and they are stunning! They love the heat, but will grow as annuals in just about any garden. They are only hardy outside in Zone 11, but can be grown as houseplants year-round with appropriate lighting. The Kong line is good in shade and part-sun. The Burgundy Sun Coleus is aptly named because its darker foliage performs better with sun and produces its most vivid color in bright sunlight. Coleus does bloom, but the small flowers are fairly insignificant in comparison to the beautiful foliage. Most gardeners simply pinch off the bloom stalks to encourage more vigor to the colored leaves.

Groundcovers

Groundcovers are used to prevent grass or weeds and conceal bare earth. They can form a dense carpet-like mat that can even survive some foot traffic. Most are deer and rabbit resistant. Those that bloom are attractive to pollinators and some produce fruit that provides food for birds and small wildlife. Traits vary from drought tolerant to thriving in wet areas, from performing well in full sun to filtered shade and some are even salt-tolerant for planting in coastal areas. We carry a wide variety of groundcover plants from Ajugas to Ivys to Vincas and so much more in between.

Australian Canna Lily

This Canna is a large grower with dark maroon, almost black foliage that blooms in mid to late summer with stunning crimson red flowers. Australian Canna Lilies love hot weather and thrive when planted in full sun to partial shade. They can also be grown in large containers. Canna lilies are great pond-side plants that can tolerate moist ground as well. Growing fast, the lush foliage quickly forms a large-leaved tropical screen that can reach a mature size of 5’ tall by 2-3' wide. Performs best in Zones 7-10, but in colder zones, the rhizomes can be lifted and stored over winter to re-plant when danger of last ground freeze has passed.

Coppertone Loquat

This evergreen shrub offers coppery colored foliage on the new growth. Spicy scented, fragrant, pink flowers appear in late summer and are followed by a yellow fruit in winter or early spring. Plant as a focal point in the landscape or makes a good screen when planted in rows due to its dense canopy. Fruit and most desirable bush form come from planting in full sun although Loquats can tolerate partial shade and a variety of well-drained soils. Grown here at Creekside Nursery in 5 and 15 gallon containers.