Anagallis x "Wildcat blue"
This hybrid is another of the "Proven Winners" I've come across this year that I just really liked. More of a ground cover, it is 10-12" in height, a very true blue bloomer that flowers all summer long. Heat tolerant it is hardy in zones 9-11 but otherwise is an annual. Full sun, good for borders and really nice in containers. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-29
This is a small, double flower aster, Henry III. It is a late summer through fall blooming aster that I've mostly seen in planters. It has an 18-24" clumping spread. A nice pollinator attractor. This hybrid was introduced in 2007. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-11-15
One of the last of the roses here in NJ. I am going to try some plantidotes that focus more on the leaves, buds, stems, etc around the flowers themselves. This is about as artsy as it gets for me. But with Roses, the buds and for me -- the leaves, are just as beautiful as the flowers themselves. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-25
One of the hidden signs of Fall is the Autumn Crocus, buried in the dense leaf fall of the woods. I am not sure if this is a False Autumn Crocus, or a Saffron, or both or neither. But they are so delicate on wispy mushroom-like stems, short lived, and I was delighted to catch sight of these. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-24
Considered to be the oldest cultivated plants in the world, Colocasias have a ten thousand year history in Asia. In the southern US they are quite invasive. Clump forming up to 4', hardy in zones 7-11. Needs lots of water and can grow in shallows. This cultivar introduced this year.
See below the fold for a more detailed pic. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-17
Fiery Skipper (female) / Hylefila phyleus
I went out today to see if I could catch some interesting early tree color change (and didn't, it's still not really much turned here in NJ.) Instead the last of the daisies (or asters?) had a huge crowd of bees and these guys, and I don't know if it's a butterfly or a moth. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-10-11
A classic from old fashioned gardens, Lantana grows 3-4'. It's a pretty common annual (tender perennial zones 10-11 where it naturalizes fast and is listed as highly invasive), all parts of the plant are mildly toxic.