My favorite plant this week isn't particularly rare, nor does it need special conditions in the garden or extra coddling to bring it into flower. In fact, it could be a perfect plant for newer gardeners who want a fabulous hit of color in their summer gardens. I've been gardening for years now, and it's still one of my favorites.
This South African hybrid has everything you could ask for in a summer plant: wonderful lush foliage with silvery spots; intensely colored flowers that develop from green through yellow to orange edges; self-supporting leaves and flowers that are a great height for the border; slowly spreading but quite controllable; and it makes a great cut flower.
I grow Zantedeschia 'Flame' in a bed with several Eryngiums, and the contrast of the yellow and orange flowers with the silvery foliage and bracts of Eryngium variifolium and this year's Eryngium giganteum is a knockout. The spots on the foliage help tie everything together.
Sometimes I just want to dive down into the center of the blossoms.
The stats on Zantedeschia 'Flame':
• Hardy in zones 9a to 11. Mine go completely dormant, then emerge in spring.
• 18-30" tall, slowly spreading to about 2 feet wide
• Sun to part sun, and well-drained soil
• Average water, though I seldom water mine in summer
• Resistant to deer
• Propagate by dividing; plant is sterile
Important note to those of you with children or pets: All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested.
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