Type of Plant: A tropical plant that’s grown as an annual in northern gardens.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: Heart shaped leaves, a variety of foliage colors from white to red and green, thrives in deep shade…what’s not to love? This plant brings color to shade gardens, whether planted in the ground or in containers.
A Word to the Wise: Caladiums love HEAT. Don’t plant the bulbs too early on Cape Cod as the soil is too cold. Similarly, you won’t find this plant in the garden centers early in May since the growers also wait for the warmer temperatures to start it. Buy plants in June, and plant bulbs around that time as well unless you’re starting on heat mats inside.