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Everything’s bigger at Longwood

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

The rex begonia vine (Cissus discolor, USDA Hardiness Zone 11) is one of the greatest vines you can add to your shady containers. I usually grow it in its own small pot on a homemade bamboo tuteur (click on the second photo), but the last time I visited Longwood Gardens I was blown away by what they had done with this dramatic tropical plant. Somehow I don’t think I’ll be able to pull this off in my backyard, but it’s something to strive for!

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais


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  1. Deanneart 05/19/2011

    Beautiful! LOngwood is one of my very favorite gardens anywhere.

  2. n2hostas 05/19/2011

    I like your's better, it's much more interesting detail and in scale with the size of the leaf.

  3. PeonyFan 05/19/2011

    Wow! Thanks for the introduction to a fabulous looking plant; could any readers suggest a mail order source?!

  4. sheilaschultz 05/19/2011

    Funny you should put the spotlight on this gorgeous vine. It just went on my radar recently, and I saw one on a bamboo tuteur at a nearby nursery on Tuesday! Hmmmm... is it fate?

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