Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pretty picture: Scaevola 'New Wonder'

I wasn't fond of Scaevola last year at work: there never seemed to be that many flowers, the flowers that did appear were sort of odd-looking (seriously: who does fan-shaped flowers?), and the plants got long and gangly and needed to be cut back multiple times.

I've developed an appreciation for them, though, this year, with the planter I made. Scaevola 'New Wonder' is blue-violet, and I planted it with Lantana 'Rose Glow Improved,' which is pink and yellow, and on the rare occasions when both of them have been flowering at once, they looked nice together. I happened to be outside for some reason or another a couple days ago, and noticed that the Scaevola was really taking off:

The picture doesn't quite do the plant justice: I should have pulled out a little more so you could see how many blooms there are in the entire pot. But in any case. I think I like it. It seems like good people.


HappyHermit said...

I am so glad you mentioned this. I have some growing in a basket of randomness my husband got me for mothers day. It started blooming a month ago and i have been wondering what it was.

Now I know !! It really is quite pretty. Odd looking but pretty.

mr_subjunctive said...

One of the nicer things about it, too, is that it seems to get prettier as the weather gets hotter, unlike certain other plants that won't bloom when it's hot (Gazania, Osteospermum). We had a white variety at work last year that looked like utter crap until the very hottest point in July, and then it was incredible for a few weeks.

CelticRose said...

That's pretty, but I can see why it took a while for you to appreciate it -- the blooms look like half a flower! :-)

HappyHermit said...

I think that when mine first started to bloom it reminded me of Hypoestes phyllostachya (polk-a-dot plant) blooms. they also do that somewhat sideways/halfway thing as well.