Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Looking for a dramatic perennial for a shady area? Consider calla lilies (zantedeschia). There are few plants that are easier to grow. They require moderate water, rarely are bothered by bugs or disease and will bloom almost year round in our climate, although the foliage is beautiful without any blossoms at all. The leaves and flowers can be cut and used for dramatic, long lasting flower arrangements. The ones growing in the upper level of this picture are easily five and a half feet tall, most likely because it got some fertilizer that was meant for a nearby rose. The only maintenance required is deadheading. I hate to admit that we kind of take them for granted, they are that easy. But what a lovely, lovely plant!