Angel's Trumpets-A Wonder of the Evening Garden
Angel's Trumpet plants have been around for almost a century, and are less common now than in previous years. Brugmansia is the botanical name for this genus of spectacular plants. These plants have one of the most magnificent evening fragrances of any plant I know of, and deserve a place in more gardens than we see today. Angel's Trumpets have a range of colors, grow even in coolish subtropical areas ( throughout the coastal Gulf states, from Orlando south to the Florida Keys), and are fairly pest-free. These plants are worthy specimens in your planting scheme, and I have marveled at plants well over 50 years old in mature landscapes.There are types to fit most gardens, from fairly small and compact such as the variety 'Cypress Gardens' to a fast and beefy type such as 'Frosty Pink'. They are good companion plants to gingers, heliconias, bananas, and some palms that like lots of water and fertilizer.
The plants have certain needs to grow well, and are not a set-and-forget plant. As with all plants that grow fast, these plants are heavy feeders, but are not at all fussy about what fertilizer they get. I heard one grower refer to them as "hogs", meaning they needed a lot of feeding. The main points to remember about these plants are that they need everything in abundance: fertilizer, water, mulch, heat, light, and humidity. If you deliver these things, you'll be amazed at the return on your investments ! These plants epitomize the old saying 'you get out of it what you put into it'.
|Brugmansia 'Peaches and Cream'|
|Brugmansia 'Cypress Gardens'|
|Brugmansia 'Lemon Ice'|
|Brugmansia 'Frosty Pink'|
Give Angel's Trumpets the resources they need, and they will give you abundant flowers with an ethereal texture and heavenly fragrances.