CORDYLINE CARAMEL - THE PRESS PLANT OF THE MONTH - APRIL 2010
This spectacular new release to the market is a cultivar of our native cabbage tree. Cordyline Caramel starts life as a rich red colour and develops into a rich, butterscotchy chocolate colour when mature. Its unique, branching foliage, combined with its compact nature, makes it excellent for container planting.
At this year's Ellerslie International Flower Show, Cordyline Caramel with an underplanting of the new SuperCal Petchoa Terracotta, a Calibrachoa/Petunia cross and Nandina Gulfstream at the Airport Cafe was absolutely stunning.
In the garden, Cordyline Caramel is a superb contrast plant with its structured form. Try an autumn plnating with the rich red of Nandina Firepower, the peachy-cream of Coprosma Autumn Haze or the subtle bronze tones of Astelia Westland.
Cordyline Caramel is a toughie, preferring almost full sun to show off its best colours and is content in most well drained garden soils.
The Press Gardening has five Cordyline Caramel plants to give away. To enter the draw, write your name and address on the back of an envelope and send it to Cordyline Caramel Giveaway, Press Gardening, PO Box 1005, Christchurch 8140, Entries close Wednesday 15th April 2010.