“I want more color in the gardens,” she said.
“No problem,” he replied.
The next day when she got home there was a flock of pink flamingos in her landscape.
“That’s not the kind of color I had in mind,” she said. “Those are hideous.”
“Well you have to admit they are colorful…but what did you have in mind?” he asked.
“Plants, of course! Bright leaves or flowers,” she explained.
The next day she got home and found pots of an almost tropical looking plant in her driveway. The ferny foliage was a vibrant lime-yellow.
“Now that’s what I’m talking about,” she cried. “You’re the best.”
“It’s called Tiger Eyes,” he responded, “and it’s the best plant for the best woman.”
“You’re just trying to make up for those pink flamingos,” she said.
“Busted,” he replied.
And then she kissed him, deeply.
Name: Rhus typhina ‘Bailtiger’ aka Tiger Eyes Sumac
Type of Plant: This is a dwarf, golden foliage version of our native staghorn sumac. It has dissected leaves and only grows 4 to 6 feet tall. This plant does well in full sun or part-sun. Basically, if it’s getting four hours of dead-on sunshine in the afternoon it will do well.
Why I love this: Great early spring colors of gold and pink, lime green to yellow foliage all summer and a blaze of fall oranges, yellows and reds. So great color and texture in the garden that brings something to the party three seasons a year.
This plant is also very drought tolerant so it’s good in the water-wise garden. This sumac doesn’t spread by suckers as much as the species plant – you’ll have one or two popping up here and there, so enough to share with friends or to mass together for a show of color, but not so many that you feel like the plant wants to take over.
A Word to the Wise: This sumac does not want to grow in wet soils. So not the plant for your swampy areas or for landscapes that are irrigated daily.