Planter Combo
5-9-2013
The planter above should be interesting with comfrey in the middle,setcreasea ( I would have prefered to use persian shield), and pansies on the edges. The leaves of the comfrey will need thinning during the summer and the pansies will likely disappear. I will follow up on this post in a month.


Comfrey:
Comfrey is an important herb in organic gardening. It is used as a fertilizer and as an herbal medicine. The main species used now is Symphytum × uplandicum or Russian comfrey, a hybrid between Symphytum officinale and Symphytum asperum.

Setcreasea:
Tradescantia pallida is a species of spiderwort more commonly known as wandering jew, a name it shares with the closely related species T. fluminensis and T. zebrina. Other common names include purple heart and purple queen. 

Persian Shield:

Overview of Persian Shield: Persian Shield - Strobilanthes dyerianus

It is easy to see how Strobilanthes (pronounced (stroh-bih-LAN-theez) got its common name of Persian Shield. Its most striking feature is its colorful leaves, which have an iridescence that gives them an almost metallic look. Persian Shield is a native of Myanmar, formerly called Burma, not Persia. Strobilanthes is a sub-shrub that is evergreen in hot climates. It is also a very popular houseplant because it tends to bloom during winter.


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