Plantidote of the Day 2011-09-07
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.
They come in pinks and purples, here for more images.
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