Hands down, the most asked about plant in my client's garden at yesterday's ANLD Designers Garden Tour was Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Ogon Nishiki'. In addition to being a fantastic plant, it acted as "greeter" — its delightfully colorful foliage, trained onto the fence, could hardly be missed as it was right at eye level as visitors rounded the corner to enter the garden.
I promised to post its ID on the blog, as its name is a bit of a handful to remember. I'm also including to link with more information, so you can get to know this gem a little better.
I've had good luck with this wonderfully variegated evergreen vine since discovering it a few years ago. In its favor, I find it to be pretty flexible in terms of what it will tolerate. In the Turner garden we're growing a couple of them, including one in quite a bit of shade, which is doing well though, growing more slowly than the one situated in the lighter and brighter situation at the entry described above. So while it'll grow in quite a bit of shade, or quite a bit of sun, like most plants, it would prefer not to have the extreme in either direction! While typically grown as a vine, it makes a terrific groundcover as well.
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