Day 120 – Hard to Spell, Hard to Forget

These standard Loropetalum (commonly called Fringe Flower) planted in a container bed of Acorus Ogon stole the show at the Gulf States Expo in Mobile two weeks ago. While considered to be hardy to only zone 7, I’ve seen them defoliated in our zone 6 winter but come back with gusto in the spring. This Loropetalum is supposed to be the Purple Diamond Variety, and there are several other great varieties like Purple Pixie, Suzanne, and Plum Delight that keep this deep foliage color all year in milder climates. These two plants make good companion plants because they like the soil being on the moist side.