No one can compete with the flashy colors and patterns that annuals bring to a New York summer. Caladiums, natives of Brazil, enjoy the heat and bright indirect sun...
The variety above is called Candidum and it has a way of making white and green look exciting. Even though these guys are way outside their hardiness zone I have been told they can be dug up and replanted in the next year.
A sidewalk planter with a mixture of varieties
Caladiums grow from a corm. They will begin to go dormant when cooler weather arrives. Allow the leaves to die back so that the corm can absorb the nutrients, making sure to dig them up before the first frost hits. Store them in a warm, dry and well-ventilated place for the winter. You can put them in a mesh bag with peat moss separating the corms.
Caladium paired with Lamium Maculatum (a fantastic, shade-loving perennial)
I have a soft spot for any plant that lets the rain drops pool together so beautifully.
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