Sunday, August 5, 2012


When I have extra plants I usually can't stand to throw them away. Instead I put them together and let them grow. This makes for some very unusual combinations. I call it the Funky Fauve Foliage Collection. 
The Fauve painters wanted everything bright and colorful. 
This gave me the idea for Fauve Foliage.
Is that a blue bottle I see?
Yes, there they are. They hold the lime green pothos ivy.
Forget spring water, here's a drink made for a true gardener! Cheers! :0)
(No I didn't drink the water...I'm not THAT crazy)
The line up: Variegated Chlorophytum (spider plant), 
purple Tradescantia, 
lime green Pothos,
 and the colorful designs of Peacock gingers (Kaempferia masonii).
 Add to that a row of blue bottles and you're on your way to a tropical foliage fantasia!
(or getting kicked out of your local garden club). :0)
Some of the various Peacock gingers I grow including K. pulchra 'Bill Lee'.

I purchased this Persian Shield on sale for a dollar. It's the most colorful member of the Fauve garden.
I still can't believe it's real, but it is.
Along with some more of the lime green Pothos, the corner has a rare member of the ginger family, a Boesenbergia rotunda. There are some native Maidenhair ferns peeking in to see what's going on.
Variegated Arrowroot (Syngonium podophyllum 'French Marble') brightens up the deep purples with its colorful splotches. The variegated spider plants add a focal point.
Hope I've given you some ideas to spice up the colors in your garden. Never in a million years would I think that blue bottles and purple foliage would actually go together.
Of course, if a true landscape architect were to visit my blog, I'd probably be given a ticket for illegal use of foliage!
"Houses at Chatou"

That's it for today. Go plant something crazy together!



  1. Love that Persian Shield, what a deal for $1! I have trouble getting it to grow well, probably because I don't water it enough.

  2. Hey, it looks great. I love the purple and green combos. Smart. I do the same with our plants. It's my Plan B. Vincas, Purple Queen, Spiders, pups, cacti, etc. I put them in spare pots around the property and hold them for emergency situations around our place:) I also found a plant that I am experimenting with known as Turk's Cap which is native to Texas and a hummingbird favorite. Have you heard of it? It's a great shade plant here. So I purchased one yesterday and place it in our shade. We'll see how it turns out.

  3. I love it!!! I think it looks fun. :o) Keep doing what you do because its AWESOME!!

  4. I like the idea of putting all the extras together. Thanks for the idea.

  5. Love the combination David! And Persian Shield is a gorgeous plant!

  6. Who needs flowers? Colourful leaves are just as pretty! Ok, maybe the bees will disagree :)

  7. I really love this combo of colours.
    Especially Zebra Tradescantia is so hardy and able to handle any garden challenges.
    I would suggest put in some Pink Earthstars & Purple Queen.
    They are really a blast!

    (The problem with Spider plant I face in my garden on ground level is they tend to root-rot when over-watered)They are best as hanging plants.

  8. Oh my gosh...I LOVE the bottle vases in the landscape. So creative and fun. I'll have to try that out in our garden in the future. Do you find that you have to refill them oftern? Also do you bring them inside during the winter or just add new cutting eat growing season?


I always appreciate your comments & questions! Happy Gardening from David/ Tropical Texana

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