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August and pruning away..


By stan510

2 comments of my holy grail plants for years that I lusted after? After many years in the front corner of my yard….I cut it down. It had become just too overpowering,and blocking light to my Iochroma cyanea that will bloom all year and makes a better look.

Funny,I wanted a Wigandia so badly years ago. When I did get one? I thought it would be a spectacular front yard plant.
Only,it turned out to be a huge leaning spreader.

I do still grow it…it sent out a runner to my side yard. A spot where its more suited. Wigandia is a low water use plant too. So many great traits…for a too small front yard.

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I can empathise with you about those plants that just have to be had! A few years down the line and you wonder why it was your lifes work to find and own it.
These are two I had to look up, not familiar here in the UK, both look lovely, you must be just inside their growing zone for hardiness. But with gardening it's always about 'pushing the boundaries' with what you can grow!

10 Aug, 2016


Marginal here for Wigandia to look its best. It does really need for temps to stay above freezing for the foliage to look nice all year. Winter storms and rains also can make leaves tattered.
The Iochroma also can be nipped..but recovers very fast. And if we have no frost,just loves winter. The rain and cool gives it a deep green color and then its covered in burgundy (my variety) bloom.

But..the whole "Be careful what you wish for" is a truism that's bit me more then once over the lifetime.

10 Aug, 2016

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