Home Plants Travel Entertaining Cooking Books Columns Etc.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Mystery plants: Mandevilla, Nepeta and Buddlea

by Janet B. Carson September 11, 2022 at 5:23 p.m.
  photo    


Apricot Mandevilla – My plant did not have a tag when I bought it, but I am guessing it is the Sun Parasol ‘Apricot’ Mandevilla.  This is probably my favorite plant of the season.  This summer tropical has not stopped blooming since I bought it in May.

  photo    


 Even when nearby plants were wilting or looking sad in the 100 plus days, this plant was a shining star.  It is still loaded with blooms and shows no sign of slowing down.  I have it in a large container, but even I (who doesn’t move plants indoors for the winter) am thinking of trying to overwinter this one.  

  photo    


Full sun, regular water—but carefree.  5 Stars in my book.

Nepeta – Catmint – Prelude blue

  photo    


Most years I am sent new plants to trial, and this year was no exception.  I got this new Nepeta, or Catmint in this spring from Darwin perennials.  It is a winner.  The flowers are a deep purplish blue and much larger than most catmints.  

  photo    


It has not stopped blooming all summer.  It is still covered in flowers and putting on more. I have it in several different containers in full sun.  My only complaint is one of the plants got a bit top-heavy and it flopped after a rain.  Supposedly dead-heading will keep it flowering, but I haven’t pruned mine once and it is a showstopper. 

Buddleia Chrysalis series 

  photo    


is a very compact butterfly bush with large blooms.  The Chrysalis series has flowers that come in cranberry, purple, pink and blue.  I have one in full sun and one that gets a bit of shade in the late afternoon, and both have bloomed well. It can be grown in a pot or in the ground.  I have not deadheaded it, since I am trialing it this season, but I do think it would benefit from a little clean-up in between blooms to help it stay a little prettier.

  photo    


 It does not set seeds, but the spent blooms do detract a bit from the overall appearance. It has been a non-stop bloomer and I love the large flower heads. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Sponsor Content

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT