Monday, July 3, 2017

B is for Brugmansia


Burgmansia, or Angle's Trumpets, are woody trees or shrubs that have pendulous flowers.  They are native to South America.  In cool areas they can be kept in pots or dug up and brought in for the winter.  They tend to be really fragrant and come in shades of white, pink, yellow, orange and red. They like full sun, with afternoon shade and moist soil.




We had a bunch at the old house in the Shade Tropical garden and have a few around the pool in the tropical garden in our current garden.  Where we live they die back to the roots each winter.  We take cuttings as an insurance policy in case we have a really bad winter.  The cuttings are rooted and live happily in the greenhouse until the spring.  So far, we haven't had to use them.  They can also be propagated by seed, but we have never tried seeds.




They add fabulous tropical flair to the poolside.  Summer in Texas is long and hot, so these beauties are perfect in our tropical garden.  The large, strangely displayed flowers and the fabulous smell are meant to be enjoyed.  Sometimes we plant something and later on realize that we didn't make the right choice (either in terms of plant culture, or in terms of our gardening enjoyment), but we hit a home run with our placement of the Burgmansia in our garden.  Just the other day I was trying to justify adding more to an already stuffed garden.  Do you have any plants that beg to be front and center where they can be enjoyed up close?


4 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving the comment. I so agree with what you wrote and you stated what I think so eloquently. I love these big trumpet trees. I saw them growing in gardens in Trinidad and every time someone shows their beautiful plants I think of that trip.

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. I hate when people get all high and mighty about the "right plants", the right plants are the ones you love and enjoy.

      Burgmansia really are fun looking plants. I bet they even better in Trinidad with out our winter to kill them back each year.

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  2. Brugmansia is one of my favorite plants. They're supposedly root hardy here but our springs are so cool that they barely have time to emerge attain blooming size, assuming that the slugs don't raze the baby foliage to the ground. We haul plants inside in the winter.

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    1. We are lucky to have such a long growing season...truly you can garden year round, but I'm still a little jealous of your climate. You have such a variety of plants you can grow. We have to worry about heat tolerance since it stays to hot at night. We haul a lot of things in for the winter too. We're actually trying cull some plants so we don't quiet so many inside over the winter.

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