(Variegated Cuban Oregano) The thick and very fragrant leaves of this spreading plant are marked in at least three shades of green with an irregular white margin. A short trailer, enjoy this plant on a warm day for the spicy, Oregano-like scent of the leaves.
Growing to less than a foot high and spreading up to two feet, this is a perfect ground cover or spiller-over-the-edge. The small lavender flowers are beautiful and fragrant.
Use this fine plant in a bright place in your home, or outside in partial shade. A bit of morning sun will bring out the variegation. It shines as a container plant, and is easy to grow. Who could ask for more?
(Mother Fern) Ferns are low-maintenance plants that add a tropical look to the Salvia garden. This one grows well in USDA Zones 9 to 11. Mother Fern, which has a graceful, arching look and finely cut fronds, loves partial to full shade and lots of water. This makes it an excellent choice for damp, shady Southeastern gardens.
Due to its arching nature, Mother Fern only measures 24 inches tall and looks particularly pretty with short Asian woodland sages and Salvias for warmer winter climes, such as the Rosy Bract Sage (Salvia rubiginosa), which has cool, violet-blue flowers. In addition to ample water, Mother Fern needs rich soil.
The bulbiferum appellation of its scientific name, refers to the fern’s production of plantlets on the tips of its fronds. These babies drop off and grow into new plants, which explains the common name of Mother Fern. Another common name for this fern is Spleenwort. Whereas wort is Old English for “plant,” spleen refers to the fern’s ancient role as a medicinal plant.
In the wilds of its Australian and New Zealand homelands, this deer-resistant plant grows as an epiphyte on trees and fern trunks as well as a rooted plant along shady rock croppings and waterways. Epiphytes don’t harm their host plants, because they only rely on tree trunks and other structures for support. When epiphytic instead of rooted in the soil, ferns consume nutrients and moisture drifting in the air. Tarra Bulga National Park in Victoria, Australia, is home to many Mother Ferns.
(Spanish Shawl) This is one of these plants that stops most people in their tracks. The deep purple/pink, standout flowers are show stoppers in and of themselves - but the furry leaves, which start green and mature to a bronze red are unique and unforgettable.
Use this native of Colombia in a large container, a hanging basket or as a ground cover in mild climates. It blooms almost nonstop during the growing season. Well worth growing as an annual in colder Zones - there is nothing like this plant!
Here is a link to an article about this plant from the San Francisco Chronicle.
(Emerald Mist Creeping Charlie) The leaves of this plant have a base color of mottled mid-green, over which lays a silver patterning. The base of the leaves and the petioles are dark purple, as are the furry undersides. This is the smallest Plectranthus we grow, suitable for small pots inside or out.
Use this one as a small scale ground cover, or in mixed planters. The finest leaf color comes with good light, but anything but morning sun will damage the leaves.
This is a rock-solid House Plant, one that survives.
(Silver Mist Spur Flower) When we first discovered this species, we mistook it for a Salvia. Growing in front of the US Post Office in Mendocino, California, it was glorious and in full flower one September morning. Returning months later for seed, it had gone dormant in the fashion of a herbaceous perennial. It was not until the next year, when we grew out the batch of seedlings from which this superior clone was selected that we positively identified the plant.
The thick, deeply ribbed and white-furry leaves can grow to four inches long, and in the ground the plant can grow to 5 by 5 feet. It is generally smaller in pots, where it grows well inside or out. The individual flowers are small but exquisitely marked and very numerous, starting in late Summer and continuing all Winter long.
Use this fine plant in a bright place in your home, or outside in partial shade. It shines as a container plant, and is easy to grow. Who could ask for more?
Easy to grow and marked by dramatic foliage, plants in the Plectranthus genus are becoming favorites for indoor gardeners. Many are ideal for hanging baskets or other elegantly cascading displays of foliage. Others are tall and shrubby. Some bloom abundantly in shades of blue, lavender, pink and white. All do well in USDA Cold Hardiness Zones 9 to 11. We'll cover a variety of ideas for interior decorating with Plectranthus in our upcoming Quick Digs series on indoor greenscaping with the genus. Meanwhile, here are 20 species to consider
Hummingbirds love Salvia (sage) nectar and are attracted to it by the bright colors of tubular sage blossoms. In particular, these little whirlybirds can easily spot flowers in the red spectrum, which is prevalent among sages. Here are some hummingbird gardening tips.