Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Heat-loving stunner a must-have for hot gardens...

One of my favorite heat-loving plants, Duranta erecta is a show-stopper for most of the summer here in Central Texas. 

I grow four different varieties:  Alba-white, Sapphire showers-deep purple, lavender, and gold mound-with lime green foliage.  

Bright yellow berries, about ½ inch in diameter, spill in long, trailing clusters in the summer.  (The berries are poisonous to humans.)

My favorite is the sapphire showers - it's vibrant purple - white-edged blooms are dramatic in my tropical garden. It also attracts bees, butterflies and birds.
My white Duranta has special sentimental meaning to me. It was a gift, given to me by two dear friends at my office, when my dog, Sami, spent 11 days in emergency vet care for the worst case of pancreatitis my vet had ever seen. We didn't think she was going to make it. So my friends brought me this amazing tree. It was such a loving, generous gift. Against all odds, Sami recovered and went on to live another 5 years, even surviving cancer after that. After the passage of 19 years, and the passing of my sweet Sami almost 14 years ago, their kindness and my miracle still bring tears to my eyes when I look at the Duranta.
This is my miracle Duranta. For me, the white blooms will always represent the hope in my heart.

7 comments:

Dee Nash said...

Plants and animals bring so much to our lives. I love Duranta.

Diana said...

They do, Dee. Even when the dogs EAT the plants in my garden!

Jean Campbell said...

Does your Sapphire Showers die back to the roots in winter? Most of mine do, but one decided to tough it out last winter.

Diana said...

Jean - Yes, they do normally die back in the winter, but they come bursting out again in the spring. I'm amazed how much they and the esperanzas always shoot up in just one year's time.

kacky said...

Love that- very sweet and very sentimental. The white is very classic and subtle- I don't see that one often- very pretty!! I have always loved the purple Duranta- the color is so vibrant!!

Diana said...

kacky - I rarely see the white - and my lavender was an oops purchase a few years back - meant to get a deep purple and it turned out to bloom lavender. Now I love it because it's part of my collection. And the yellow berries look great on it.

Ally said...

Plants are a great way to help us remember the special people, pets, and times in our lives. Duranta is a beautiful plant. I especially like the purple and white one.