Heliotrope, a New Favorite

This was my first year growing heliotrope. I started seeds for it years ago and they never germinated. As I was trying to use up lots of old seed this spring, I saw the envelope and decided to try them again. Only five germinated, but they were really old (probably 10 years old) and were from Botanical Interests.

I started them rather late, so I wasn’t even sure they were going to bloom. They started blooming about 3 weeks before our first frost (which happened to be extra early this fall). Not only are the flowers lovely, the texture and color of the leaves are also fantastic.

The deep purple color won we move (along with those beautiful leaves), I’ll be growing these from here on out. This vibrant purple is difficult to find in flowers, often it’s a lighter shade. I think the dark green leaves really make the flowers pop even more. I’ll definitely remember to start them extra early so they start blooming really early. In fact, I took cuttings from my plants to see if I can overwinter a few for extra early blooms.

Have you discovered any new plants this summer?

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  1. Yes, verbena bonariensis. I had grown verbena before, so when I saw the word on the plant label while looking for plants for some containers at my new home, I grabbed it without reading the rest, except that I did see it was scented and that made up my mind. You can imagine my surprise when it started to grow,… and grow,… and grow. It was like fireworks going off in my relatively small planters, as this monster came shooting out of the begonias, Mexican flea daisies, pinks and so on. I was embarrassed, and tho I did think it added a nice exuberance to my tiny space, I didn’t admit it. And there was no smell! that really ticked me off. Then, I saw it everywhere: Monty kept emerging through it on Gardener’s World; Adam Frost and other presenters had it, and finally, lo and behold, it turned up on CultivateSimple in a very effective and elegant photo. Oh, well, I thought, at least we’re fashionable, and guess I will keep it for one more year at least!

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