Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Foolproof Flower Gardening ~ #10

If you have need of a rapid growing, sprawling vine that tolerates wind, fog and/or salt spray, consider the Solandra maxima, often known as Cup of Gold. You'll need a sturdy wall or pergola, a bank in need of covering, or you can train it along a roof line or a sturdy fence.

Cup of Gold has large glossy leaves that can grow to 6" and the flowers themselves are quite spectacular. From a huge bud, (bigger than your hand) blooms a giant flower, bright gold with tracings of dark purple veins. The vine is evergreen and will bloom in temperate areas for at least half the year.

This plant is easily grown and only requires that you give it deep watering. It is widely available at home improvement centers in one or three gallon containers.

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