With the danger of frost arriving next month here in Ohio, I have got to make a decision about my draped hypertufa. I have chosen to use some Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri‘ fern and some pelargoniums. These pelargoniums are like a succulent plant, plumpish and hold water, right? I chose pink and white. These plants have done very well this year.
The reason I chose these plants because the Sprengeri belonged to my Mom, and her favorite flower was the pelargoniums. Of course, she called them geraniums. Didn’t we all before we learned the difference. But she loved their bright cheery color all year. So they are planted for her. Look, Mother! Your favorites!
I look forward to planting this up each year since I made the planter several years ago. It was a challenge, but I really like how it turned out. It is an unusual planter. See the earlier blog on how I made it. I have made a lot more of these in different sizes.
I did drill holes in it and with these tender plants, I will take it inside to winter as I always have the Sprengeri. It sheds needles all winter but in the spring, I give it a “haircut” and feed it, and it goes like gangbusters. It blooms small white fluffy flowers and then has berries which turn red.
Asparagus fern does grow thorny with age, so if you have an older one, handle it with gloves. I usually let the berries fall off and throw them out. My sister has one of these ferns and she has had it since she was 16 years old, which makes it about 40 years old now, and still going! Guess it’s the Energizer Fern!
Since the pelargoniums will also live through the winter, I will try to take good care of them. But just in case, I will also do some root cuttings ! I have only tried to “hang” one over the winter once, and , as I recall, it didn’t make it. (Probably due to negligence on my part.)
Happy gardening to you! Do you have a plant or type of plant that holds a special meaning or memory for you? Don’t we all?
Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.