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.


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.