I took my camera to work this week just to see what I might find photo-worthy. We are in-between seasons so it's kind of hard but I did manage to find these. They are all growing in our bed out by the road.
I had never seen this plant before I started working here. This is a Candelabra tree(Cassia alata). It is an annual in our zone. It can grow 8-10' T in our growing season. It's a fantastic specimen. People pull in off the street just to find out what it is.
Next is an Angel Trumpet(Brugsmania), not to be confused with Datura. The winter usually determines whether this plant will return or not. It comes in pink, yellow, and white. The Datura also comes in a lavender. How can you tell them apart? Brugsmania blooms hang down and their seed pods are round and smooth. Datura blooms almost stand upward to outward. Their seed pods are round and prickly. Both are poisonous.
A couple of months ago I had a post regarding Coral vine. I received several comments saying this vine wasn't well known. At the time, mine was just a little baby and unfortunately still is. So, I feel fortunate enough to show you this one from work. It has beautiful little pinkish blooms but as you can see it comes in white as well. It grows up to 15 feet in length. Sorry but it will disappear when the frost comes. I'm not sure if it is classified as annual or perennial but this one did return this year.
I hope you enjoyed getting familiar with these plants. If you are looking for something a little different for your garden next year maybe you should give one of these a try.