Thursday, June 23, 2005

My New Shade Find

This was one of my unusual finds for the shade garden. It is Astilboides tabularis. I loved the shape, because I love lily pads and mushrooms and this reminds me of both. The garden center that I got it from has display gardens and this was in it. Theirs was rather large- probably mid-thigh. I figured that was perfect since I don't have many tall plants in SSBs shade garden. Then I Google Imaged it and came up with these monster beauties:

Holy Hugeness, Batman!


Blogger crazygramma said...

You don't have to worry about buying a lawn ornament to be a focal point those plants are it. Wow I can't believe the size.

6/23/2005 10:27 PM  
Blogger OldRoses said...

Way cool! Creates its own shade, even.

6/23/2005 11:37 PM  
Blogger Kasmira said...

Neat! I've got elephant ears in my shade garden. The bulb only sprouted a few weeks ago, but I've already got some monster leaves. As a bonus, it will be a winter houseplant.

6/24/2005 9:51 AM  
Blogger ScbNymph said...

That is AWESOME.....I want one now!!! Seriously though I think I will have to locate and buy one, it'd be perfect in my shade garden also. Do you have any further details about the plant, like what zone it is hardy too??

I also have an Elephants Ear which has only just decided to show it head after being planted for almost three months!!! This one is DEFINITLY gonna be a house plant over the winter!

6/24/2005 10:28 AM  
Blogger SierraBella said...

All I can say is WOW!

6/24/2005 10:42 AM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

I'm in zone 4 and it is hardy here. I'm not sure if it is hardier colder than here or how much heat it will take. I first saw these in Scotland (a different variety though, I'll post a picture later). They like it cool and moist-they get all wilty like ligularia when it gets really hot and hasn't rained in awhile.
Go to Funkie Gardens I'm not sure if they ship or how far if they do, but that's where I got mine. Their catalog doesn't have pictures by the way. You can look up the plants online to get pics though.

6/24/2005 11:00 AM  
Blogger Lshine said...

Love yer site and thinks for visiting mine. I have Gunnera (sp?), basically a giant rhubarb. Hardy and jurassic.

7/01/2005 10:07 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

This is a great picture. I planted this plant last year. I can't wait until it looks like this! Mind you, I am going to have to move it if it gets this big!

7/03/2005 8:59 PM  
Blogger Sylvana said...

leonel- I can not figure out where your blog is now and you did not enable your profile!

Sandy- I'm crossing my fingers on this one. So far it is really liking where I planted it. I'm just not sure that I like where I planted it considering how big it gets!

7/06/2005 8:20 AM  

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