Tickled Pink

Spring is always an exciting, but an anxious time in the garden waiting to see what plants have survived the winter.  I was very pleased and tickled pink when the Polka Dot plants appeared.

The pink Hypoestes phllostachya were added last summer and I was not sure if they were hardy enough to come back.  They are growing in a shady bed that is primarily green and the colorful leaves added interest to the area.

The white Polka Dots have been doing well for a couple of years now.  The have even reseeded.  An added plus is that rabbits do not eat them. The Polka Dots are doing so well that I purchased more for a bigger display.  I garden in zone 8b to 9, but these colorful cuties are also great houseplants that could spend the summer outside in a shady area.


19 Comments on “Tickled Pink”

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    One of my first houseplants when I was a teenager was Pink Polka Dot. I still find it charming! Here, of course, they are only planted out as annuals.

  2. gaiainaction says:

    They are so pretty!

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Impressive. I would not expect this one to survive winter, even here. I think of it as a small potted houseplant, or groundcover for bigger houseplants.

  4. Deb says:

    They are really pretty! Do they flower at all ,or are they more just used for their pretty leaves?

  5. shoreacres says:

    Your mention of “outside in a shady area” caught my attention. These might do just fine for my patio, which is nice, but not at all sunny. The sun has moved far enough north that it gets some early morning sunlight now, but as the year progresses, the leafed-out cypress trees are going to keep it shady, I think.

  6. Tina says:

    So pretty! You mention at the end that yours are in a shady spot? That’s my biggest complaint in mostly native/hardy gardening–the limitation of varied foliage. Yours are a good solution to that.

  7. I think I need some of those! I would be tickled pink to have them in my garden. Are they growing in clay?

    • They are in a raised bed, but I’m sure most of the good soil has washed out over the last 20 years. They are probably in a mix of clay and old garden soil. I’ll bet in Florida that they would keep their leaves all year. They are usually sold as houseplants.

  8. pbmgarden says:

    These are really pretty. A great treat to have them return.

  9. I can see why you purchased more. They are lovely and unusual.


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