Stay Connected with Fine Gardening
OR Browse All Plants
Be the first to rate this plant
Click on a thumbnail to see a full sized image
The papaya is a herbaceous, fast-growing shrub that grows best in tropical and subtropical climates where it will flower continually, but it will perform in colder climates from high summer to early fall. It offers a striking sculptural presence to the landscape due to its lobed, 2-foot-across leaves and large, delicious fruit (sometimes reaching 20 pounds).
The white- and pink-mottled leaves of 'Roseo-picta' make it appear as if the plant has been snowed upon, even though it is a tropical plant. It is an evergreen shrub growing to 3 feet or more with pink and red stems in zigzagged formation. Native to Pacific islands, it is grown as an indoor plant or perennial, or as an annual in cooler climates. The tiny flowers go generally unnoticed. Do not allow the soil to dry out, as leaf drop will occur.
This specimen is grown for its stunning golden leaves, which turn to brilliant shades of orange and red in autumn. It may or may not produce the smoke-like plumes typical of the genus.
This spreading shrub from tropical and subtropical regions can reach 6 feet tall. It is grown as a houseplant or as an annual outdoors where it's not hardy. Its oval leaves are splashed with red, green, and yellow and its long, fuzzy flowers are borne periodically throughout the year, although they are somewhat hidden. Acalypha wilkesiana 'Tricolor' can be grown in a warm greenhouse, in a border, or as a specimen or hedging plant (especially in warm areas).
This spreading shrub is grown for its multi-colored, toothed, oval leaves. Use it as a houseplant or as an annual or container plant outdoors where it is not hardy. Flowers are small, green or pinkish, and generally not noteworthy.
10 Shrubs for Summer Color
These vibrant bloomers give even the showiest annuals and perennials a run for their money
by Paul Cappiello
A guide to growing, care, and propagation of rex begonias, plus some great cultivars
by Rita Randolph
Q&A Moving houseplants outdoors for the summer
by Tim Pollak
25 Robust Summer Bloomers
For a border that pleases all summer long, rely on a mix of colorful perennials and shrubs that can practically take care of themselves
by Suzanne Knutson
Give Your Border a Tropical Punch
Use exotic plants as focal points, as accents, and in a vignette
by Pam Baggett
Great Plants, Vol.2Learn how to choose and use the best plant varieties for your gardenMore Info
Creating Beds and BordersCreating Eye-Catching Island Beds and BordersMore Info
Fine Gardening How-To Series: Gardening Techniques, Vol. 2 DVD-ROMQuick computer access to over 45 articles and videos on seasonal gardening techniques -- and moreMore Info
FineGardening.com and VegetableGardener.com are part ofthe Taunton Home and Garden Network
Taunton Home |
Books & Videos |
Contact Us |
Product recall information
Copyright Notice |
Taunton Guarantee |
User Agreement |
About Us |
Work for Us |
Contact Us |
Press Room | Customer Service
| Subscriber Alert
© 2014 The Taunton Press, Inc., Part of Taunton’s Women’s Network. All rights reserved.