I wanted to share a new photo of my plumeria. I ordered it from a grower in Florida and when I received it in late May, it was just a cutting, so I had to root it. This is a cultivar that has been developed especially for containers. I’ll bring it inside for the winter, follow the instructions and hope it makes it.
The flowers (which smell incredible) came first, then leaves started emerging about two weeks ago. I fertilize it weekly with a granular, high phosphorus fertilizer, again, following the instructions that came with the cutting and other information I’ve gleaned online.
Lest you think I am fixated on a single plant, here’s another summer favorite: cuphea, or cigar plant. These are grown as annuals in my part of the country, which is Zone 7, but in southern climates, they are evergreen shrubs.
This is an undemanding annual that also serves as a serious hummingbird magnet. I have another one on my porch so I can watch the hummingbirds up close as they probe the tubular, red flowers.
You can find more information on cuphea here.