Overused: ‘Little John’ callistemon
(Callistemon ‘Little John’)
1. Coral Fountain
Name: Russelia equisetiformis
USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11
Size: 2 to 4 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil
Take the delicate, cascading wispiness of asparagus fern and cover it with clusters of narrow red lipstick tubes and you’ve got coral fountain. This plant originates in Mexico but looks like it might have been brought to earth by extraterrestrials. Coral fountain is a versatile plant, growing in sun or shade, in the ground or in a pot. It can even be trained on a trellis to bring its delightful flowers into view. The foliage is bright green, so when the plant is not flowering (which is seldom), it still commands attention. Another plus: Hummingbirds and butterflies find it attractive.
Overused: Creeping rosemary
(Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’)
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