Friday, 9 May 2008

Alternanthera 'Party Time' /Aphrodite Alyssum

I found the most remarkable annual plant I have seen this year. I had never heard of it before and certainly I have never seen it ! The foliage is amazing .. one of those plants like coleus that it is all about the leaf colours, forget the actual flower ? Cherry of Cherry in the Garden also found a variation of the same plant in her Saturday plants (posted above this one) .. I was simply bowled over by the colours .. like those birds that collect shiny objects ? .. also an Alyssum called "Aphrodite Mix" that I hadn't seen before .. two stumpers for me that day .. so I potted them together .. explains the sad shocked look to the pictures ? .. I'm a collector .. what can I say ?


Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Now that one I can grow as long as I keep it in the shade and damp. It is so pretty. I love the way you potted it up.

Georgiagirl said...

Hey Miss Joy you will enjoy this Mine has come back for the last 2 years.
My clippings from the one I bought last week have already rooted..

Woohoo I will have this stuff everywhere this year :)

happy mother's day to ya !

GardenJoy4Me said...

Cherry .. lord you confused me by the different name ! haha
I just thought it was so funny you had it listed in your Saturday plants .. which were all great plants by the way !
Happy MD to you too girl : )

Debbie ! .. finally we have a plant in common with our different zones .. holy moses .. I thought the day would never come ? LOL
I have never seen this before and was just amazed at the colour .. nice !

Melanie said...

Joy, the local university uses Alternanthera quite a bit. We were touring and the head of Horticulture told us all to take clippings and that they would grow instantly. That was a few years ago and they had a lovely deep red variety.

GardenJoy4Me said...

melanie .. I wonder why I haven't seen it before ? .. I'm sure I would have noticed. There are so many different kinds of these .. I mistook this for Joseph's Coat at first .. then tracked it down to Party Time .. maybe because I don't pay a lot of attention to annuals it was looked over ? haha

Cat said...

That is so beautiful!
I mat have to find it down here!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Cat .. I have never seen it before (here in Kingston at least) .. it is amazing with the blend of such vibrant colours .. get it it you can giel !

Andrea said...

hello! I'm andrea and I work at Angelo's garden centre in Vaughan! My blog spot is and I fell across this while looking for this particular variety's name (for the life of me, I lost my plug book which gave me the correct spelling. Thanks for the spelling on this AND to know that you're so close is great! It's nice to blog with a fellow local canadian gardener. I list newer varieties or just varieties of interest. Havn't posted for a few days because,well, we're a little busy but hopefully I'll get something up tonight! Look forward to seeing more! Take Care :D

GardenJoy4Me said...

Hi Andrea .. I just popped over to your blog and left a note .. this will be great to see new varieties that you list .. and yes .. being in the almost same growing zone close by .. perfect !
Thanks for stopping by my blog : )