A Keeper

Last year I needed something white to fill in my bed of mainly white flowers.  I found this Polka Dot plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya), which I always thought of as a house plant.  It did well outside in the bed until we were hit with a very hard freeze.  Of course I thought, that is that.  But to my surprise the Polka Dot started growing new leaves in the Spring.

And to top that, it reseeded and grew the cutest little babies with Polka Dots on its second set of leaves.  This Hypoestes fits all the criteria for my gardening philosophy and is a keeper for the Automatic Garden.


16 Comments on “A Keeper”

  1. Tina says:

    Glad it’s coming back for you–such a relief when a beloved plant thwarts the elements!

  2. shoreacres says:

    It is a pretty thing. Now that Dixie Rose is gone, I can have houseplants again, and I might look around for this one. It’s delightful.

    • The pink ones are really colorful for the house. I just bought more Polk Dots this morning. My cat eats all my plants too, so houseplants now live outside for summer and garage for winter.

  3. tonytomeo says:

    That is nice that it is a keeper. It shrivels here when the weather gets warm and dry.

  4. Chloris says:

    So pretty, who would have thought that it would survive a frost.

  5. carol says:

    I never knew it would live outside. That’s great news to hear. Yours are lovely.
    -carol

  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Plants never cease to surprise. Those babies are very cute.

  7. Christina says:

    the baby seedlings are so cute.

  8. I may need some of this.

  9. JLB says:

    I love these plants!


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