Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Plants

While I was browsing through the garden center at Lowe's yesterday, I found some nice plants for a decent price. The first plant to catch my eye was a Bat Face Cuphea (Cuphea llavea). Here it is below:

It was priced around $5 for a one gallon plant. Couldn't pass it up! I almost bought a Bat Face Cuphea last spring and I've been regretting it ever since. The flowers are supposed to look like a bat face, so that's where the name comes from. It's such a cute plant! Another good thing about this plant is that I can divide it into at least three separate plants! When choosing plants, I always look to see if I can divide the root ball. You get more plant for your money that way.

This is another plant that I bought at Lowe's. It's a Porterweed (Stachytarpheta mutabilis). Porterweed is available with blue or red flowers, and I picked red because I already have plenty of blue flowers. This was also priced around $5 and in a one gallon pot. Like the Cuphea, the Porterweed can be divided into several plants. Butterflies like Porterweed, so that's an added bonus.

In the back of the garden center, I also saw several carts with chrysanthemums! Seeing the mums reminds me that fall is on the way!


  1. That's one of my favorite plants but unlike the Blue, Purple and Coral varieties, the red Porterweed isn't reliably cold hardy even in our area. I'm not sure if covering it will make a difference but it's worth trying. Shoot, for $5, I'll run by my Lowe's and get some!