Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Blazing Crotons

Crotons remind me of a wild and colorful painting. One in which an unrestrained painter used every color imaginable to create a masterpiece. Their colorful waxy leaves seem almost plastic and artificial. Talk about making a statement - these kaleidoscope-like plants are a colorful and lively addition to the garden. A masterpiece created by Mother Nature herself!

The Flowers of Summer

It seems the hotter it gets, the more these tropical beauties take it all in stride. There are no delicate debutantes or wilting impatiens among this group. These sunworshippers can take the heat. As a matter of fact, the hotter it gets, the better they like it!

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