Saturday, December 4, 2010

Such Sweetness

This time of year it is hard to find a shrub in bloom with sweeter flowers than abutilon. In my gardens it blooms during the cooler months, from the fall to summer, but maybe because it gets more water from the rain during those months. It will survive on moderate water, but likes regular water.

I have it growing in both light shade and sun and it does well either way. It can get a bit scraggly, so keeping it pruned will maintain a full appearance. The foliage is shaped like maple leaves which lends itself to the nickname, 'Flowering Maple'. And if the delicate little hanging flowers weren't enough to make you love it, the hummingbirds are crazy about it too.


Pam's English Garden said...

Dear Sheila, This is new to me and absolutely adorable. P. x

Heather said...

Lovely pictures!

catharine Howard said...

Dear Sheila I like that abutilon

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Sheila I have picked up on this one from other blogs .. it is a very beautiful plant : )