Jasminium

Justicia

Kalimeris

Kniphofia

 

Jasminium - Jasmine, Jessamine

Flower Color

Height

Season

Pests

Uses

Propagation

white

2 - 6 ft.

summer

few

containers

cuttings


Performance - Jasmines are semi-woody to woody shrubs and vines that can be grown as annuals in patio containers in Kentucky. They prefer full sun to partial shade locations and well-drained soils. These tropical plants are grown for the fragrant flowers that will occur throughout the summer, depending on the species.

J. officinale - Common Jasmine, Poet's Jasmine
J. polyanthum -
J. sambac - Arabian Jasmine


Justicia - Shrimp Plant, Brazilian Plume, Cardinal's Guard, Flamingo Plant, Jacobinia, Beloperone

Flower Color

Height

Season

Pests

Uses

Propagation

pink, white, orange, red

18"- 36"

summer

few

border, containters

cuttings

Performance - These tropical plants are reliable annual flowers for Kentucky gardens and patio containers. They prefer to grow in full sun conditions in well drained soils. These plants are often seen in conservatories or grown as house plants, but they tolerate our summer conditions very well and offer outstanding performance in gardens and containers.

Justicia brandegeana - Shrimp Plant
Justicia carnea - Brazilian Plume, Cardinal's Guard, Flamingo Plant


Kalimeris pinnatifida - Japanese Aster

Flower Color

Height

Season

Pests

Uses

Propagation

white

24"- 36"

summer, fall

few

perennial border, cut

cuttings, seed, division

Performance - Japanese aster is an underused, but reliable perennial in Kentucky gardens. These plants prefer full sun locations in most landscape soils. This plant is easy to grow and makes a nice display in summer and fall gardens.


Kniphofia uvaria - Red Hot Poker, Poker Plant, Torch Lily

Flower Color

Height

Season

Pests

Uses

Propagation

orange, red

3-4 ft.

late spring

few

border, cut

seed, division

Performance - Red hot poker is a reliable perennial for Kentucky gardens. This plant is extremely tough in the landscape and should be grown in full sun locations with well-drained soil. One clump will produce a large number of blooms. The sword- like foliage stays attractive after the bloom period. Be sure to remove dead flower spikes, so new flowers will develop.

Comments - For best germination the seed should be stratified at 40F for 6 weeks. Plants are sometimes winterkilled because water freezes in the crown of the plant.

Varieties - 'Alcazar', 'Earliest of All', 'Primrose Beauty', 'Royal Standard'.


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