Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Spiders and shady area plants








I've mentioned the shady area at the entrance to my house, so today I am sharing some of the shade loving plants that I have planted It has been an ongoing learning experience to get the right plants matched up with this area but I am learning as I go.
When I bought my home, there were Spider plants everywhere- under the Olive tree, in the front flower beds, and in the side flower beds. Having grown up in the Midwest I thought Spiders were houseplants but here in Arizona they do seem to do very well planted outside in a shady area. I've moved many of these plants to give room for new things, but I still have many Spiders. The first picture is one that is loaded with babies, but really isn't in a good place as it is competing with several other plants. However with so many babies, I haven't had the heart to pull it out and start it over somewhere else.
The second picture is the bed, directly beneath the big Olive tree. This bed currently holds many Spiders, some Callidium I am trying to get going, and in the upper left corner, there is a mass of Red Apple Aptenia, which has pretty much taken over that whole upper area although it isn't real visible in this picture. My main issue with this area is the mess of leaves and olives that drop from the tree- the leaves are non-stop and the olives fall when small and green and then in huge numbers once they turn black. I'm not a big fan of black olives, and I've read it takes days to "cure" them, so they go to waste or become playthings for the puppy to bring in and leave half chewed around the house!
Across the little walkway, in the 3rd picture, is a Shrimp Plant (Justicia Brandegeana "Red"), and a Philodendron. I also have an African Iris, and a Bleeding Heart is in this bed too. All are fairly new plantings. The potted plant is an Umbrella Plant I believe. I had this in my house for a long time, but nothing does well for me inside, so I ended up bringing it outside and the change has been amazing! The bottom portion used to be completely bare, with leaves only on the upper 2/3 of the plant, but since being re-potted and brought outdoors the entire bottom has filled in and it is doing so well!
The last two pictures are of the Olive tree itself- one shot straight up and the other of the gnarly trunk.
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8 comments:

Northern Shade said...

The trunk of your olive tree has a lot of character, and the canopy is graceful.
I love spider plants, but can only grow them as a house plant. I have them on top of my bookshelf, and have to move the curtain of babies when I want to get a gardening book out.

PlantBuddy said...

Spider plants are good indoors to clean and filter the air they say. Do you have houseplants too?

Perennial Garden Lover said...

I have to agree with NS, that Olive Tree trunk does have character. How neat that Spider plants can be grown as outdoor plants in your garden. That red bloom is gorgeous. Great Bloomin' Tuesday post.

Jean said...

What an interesting tree the olive is. I'm not good with indoor plants either. The spiders look great outside. Love the shrimp plant! Great post! Jean

Suzanne said...

Love all your photos and the dialog today, but that shrimp plant is gorgeous! What a pretty color!

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Dee, I love your pictures you posted today!
I also have spider plants outside, they multiply like crazy, I love them in my patio, I do not like them in the house, they seem to like it outside better in the heat rather than the A/C.

Sweetie said...

I love the olive tree. How wonderful to be able to grow something so beautiful. I always think of the dessert as being barren. You have certainly proved that to be untrue. I used to grow spider plants and had a lot of luck with them. I never thought of them as an outdoor plant. You have a great post.
Sweetie

Sweetie said...

I love the olive tree. How wonderful to be able to grow something so beautiful. I always think of the dessert as being barren. You have certainly proved that to be untrue. I used to grow spider plants and had a lot of luck with them. I never thought of them as an outdoor plant. You have a great post.
Sweetie