you are looking for the perfect annual flower for shade containers, look for Torenia,
also called wishbone flower. It
covers itself with happy faces in shade or part-shade. I have even seen it blooming happily in
Texas sun. You have humid
summers? Torenia blooms right
species is attractive with small flowers.
Most have deep colors with yellow throats. For a more spectacular showing, look for the Proven Winners®
brand of hybrids, Summer Wave® or Catalina® series.
Wave® Torenias blossom with larger than normal flowers in dusky shades of amethyst-pink,
and violet. All have multiple awards from trial
gardens at universities and botanical gardens all over the U.S.
Proven Winners Catalina® series of Torenias is two-toned. Blue,
Midnight Blue, and Pink
all have yellow throats. One,
Grape, has gold petals surrounding a purple center.
Wave® Blue and Catalina® Midnight Blue are the top sellers, proving that blues,
although often hard to find, are still very popular in the garden.
these little plants with the big flowers at the edges of containers where they
will tumble over the sides. Pair
the blues with the vivid foliage of heucheras Dolce®
Key Lime Pie or Dolce®
Peach Melba. Try the pinks
Mocha Mint or Dolce®
of these heucheras are award-winners, too.
the wishbone flowers are listed as self-cleaning and needing no deadheading, I
find that occasionally they will be covered with seed heads and stop
blossoming. I then shear the whole
plant to below the seeds and it seems to send up new flowers quicker than if I
wait for nature to take its course.
Busy gardeners can wait for the new flush without doing anything.
you don't see these wonderful little plants at your garden center, ask the
center to stock them. These
friendly little flowers will steal the show in shade.