27 Jul I Love Limelight Four O’Clocks
Name: Mirabilis jalapa ‘Limelight’ aka Limelight four o’clocks
Type of Plant: These are perennial in zones 8 to 11, but widely grown as annuals in the colder regions. It’s a plant that’s easily grown from seed.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I love plants that have great foliage and flower color, and this is a great one. The leaves are mostly lime green with darker splotches, and the flowers are a bright pink, which contrasts well with the foliage. Like other four o’clocks, the flowers on this plant open in the evening and close in the mid-morning. So it’s the perfect annual for anyone who is away from home all day but likes to appreciate their gardens during the cocktail hour or while sipping morning coffee.
A Word to the Wise: Grow this from seed started in April. This is a bushy annual probably better suited for gardens instead of containers. Place this near purple-foliaged plants for a drop-dead combination no matter what flowers are in bloom.
These plants make tubers that can be dug and over-wintered like dahlias, but in my experience it’s easiest to grow them from seed every spring