Demonstration category - Participant# 401 || 2004 Contest

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As we said, very soon we ran out of space... Well, all plant lovers know what we mean. It's the biggest trouble you can get into, after Frost, Bugs and Hurricane Charlie... The only solution to satisfy our collector's appetite was to grow plants in pots! Here are a few pictures of our Potted Collection...

How many? We don't know. Hundreds. There was supposed to be a patio... but it never happened since Krolik put her first pot here...

There is a Hot Tub behind...
Yes, Krolik made a great use out of it!

These are probably not the fanciest pots, but we promise to get nice ones as soon as we get that rich!

First of all, our fragrant favorites! Dwarf Annonaceae Family members, Ylang-Ylangs!

Artabotrys hexapetalus

Artabotrys hexapetalus -
very easy to grow woody vine or shrub. Slow-growing in container. Fragrance resembles citrus candy, but sooo strong!

Cananga Fruticosa

Cananga Fruticosa
Amazing, this plant starts to bloom when it's only 1 ft tall. Unlike her cousin Cananga Odorata which is a large tree!

Desmos Chinensis

Desmos Chinensis
This guy is not easy. Likes shade.

Michelia Alba

Michelia Alba

Michelia can be easily kept in a pot. Our tree bloomed all summer emerging wonderful Magnolia fragrance during the day, and especially strong at night. This tree is grafted and started to bloom right away when we first got it in 3 gal pot..

Another great tree for container culture is Stemmadenia. It likes a shady location, and blooms with wonderfully scented white flowers. The leaves are also very beautiful, glossy, dark-green, coffee-like.

Stemmadenia

Stemmadenia

Chonemorpha penangensis is also good for container if you have limited space. The fragrance is outstanding at night and leaves are huge, especially if grown in shade (it takes both sun or shade)

To be honest, sometimes we didn't have luck growing gardenias. Probably because of our tropical summer rainy season when it rains sometimes every day for a month, they get over-watered easily. But these three varieties are real winners! They thrive! Like with Miracle Fruit - the secret with gardenias is to keep them in acid soil, in containers. Only grafted varieties can be planted directly in the ground.

More fragrant favorites:

Clerodendrum bungei

Clerodendrum bungei

Quisqualis indica

Quisqualis indica (rangoon creeper) - is one of the most beautiful vines with fresh fragrance...

Cornutia grandifolia

Cornutia grandifolia (Tropical lilac) has addicting scent of leaves! Tobacco!

Tequila Sunrise El Capitolio

Tequila Sunrise El Capitolio

Hibiscus is a flower that requires a picture gallery or collage... We have many different cultivars that deserve a separate page. But this one is very special. Tequila Sunrise El Capitolio blooms non-stop!

Hawaiian Salmon is not that profusive bloomer, but is also very beautiful and always has at least 1 flower open. It has nice shiny dark green leaves and is a very vigorous shrub. Unlike other fancy flowering varieties, its branches don't get dry-looking and woody, it always looks green and healthy.

Hawaiian Salmon

Hawaiian Salmon

Tibouchina multiflora

Tibouchina multiflora

You saw one of our Tibouchina's velvet leaves at Pagan's Temple page, and here are the flowers! This giant plant grows in 15 gal container and yet it's begging for more room! The flower spikes are so heavy that the stem bends down...

Interesting plant: Mascagnia macroptera (Butterfly Pea vine), The seed pots are even more fun than flowers, they look like butterflies!

Mascagnia macroptera

Mascagnia macroptera

These vines below indeed need space! We have to cut them back every week to keep them under control... The good thing is that they both are shade tolerant and we actually keep them under a roof. And they keep blooming!

Thunbergia alata

Thunbergia alata - Black Eye Susan

Stictocardia beraviensis

Stictocardia beraviensis - Hawaiian Bell

Argyreia nervosa

Argyreia nervosa -
Elephant creeper

Pisonia alba

Pisonia alba - Lettuce (cabbage) tree

Another two shade lovers are Pisonia alba and Brillantaisia guianensis - both with remarkable leaves. Pisonia's leaves are up to 2 ft long, and have bright chartreuse color.

Brillantaisia has also large leaves, and their shape is very unusual. Flowers are deep purple, also very unusually shaped.

Brillantaisia guianensis

Brillantaisia guianensis

Dichrostachys cinerea

Dichrostachys cinerea

Dichrostachys cinerea

Dichrostachys is the right plant for container. It's a real bonsai.

One of the weirdest flowers ever - Ceropegia ampliata - isn't it a real Horny Beauty? Now we can tell you the secret of these flowers. Udaff was so tired of Viagra spam that finally decided to try one... on this plant! As you see, it really works, think before trashing your incoming messages!

Ceropegia ampliata

Ceropegia ampliata

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