Globe Amaranth, “Strawberry Fields”
A really pretty annual (perennial zones 9-10), this is a beautiful red globe amaranth. Height to 2.5’ and spread 1.5’. Should be seeded heavily and early due to low germination rate and slow start. They are a bit thin and work nicely as edging and contrasts, but a patch of these in bloom, with the strawberry buttons all nodding in the wind, is quite mesmerizing. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-10-19
A great, simple, flourishing annual, Torenia flowers continuously, manages well in part shade. It has a light scent and draws butterflies and hummingbirds while the deer avoid it entirely: win/win!
Torenia is a lower growing mound type plant, that in pots will beautifully trail down the sides. I put them in a problem shade garden area where nothing else but hostas would grow – and behind the hostas at that, and they have been amazing all summer long. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-09-07