angelonia is a new series of summer snapdragons
developed in Israel. They produce 20-inch tall
spikes of flowers all summer.
has arrived, and I have been smitten by a new angelonia
series called Adessa from innovative Israel-based
company Jaldety. The fact that it even slugged its way
through the competition to arrive in our marketplace is
a glowing testimony to its beauty and durability. In the
United States we now have countless angelonia varieties
to choose from, almost making your head swirl.
you havenít tried angelonias yet, then you will be
shocked at what you have been missing. They are known
botanically as Angelonia angustifolia and offer up
snapdragon-like blossoms all summer. In fact the name
"summer snapdragon" has really caught on in
the gardening world. If you are wondering how we can
have snapdragon flowers all summer, it is because these
are from Mexico and the West Indies.
the Adessa series you will find a rich purple,
blue-and-white bi-color, white and pink. They are
upright, reaching 20 inches in height, and offer a
much-needed spiky look in the landscape. I believe
angelonias are among the top 10 flowers to be introduced
in the last 25 years.
they are not as tall as the larkspur or Victoria blue
salvia, Adessa angelonia exude a sense of belonging in a
cottage-like garden. Remember: When you add spiky blooms
is when you create the real excitement in the garden.
You could also use them in a tropical cottage, like one
you might see on the island of Saba or St. Barts.
the Columbus Botanical Garden in Columbus, Ga., we are
using Adessa purple in a complementary color scheme with
large yellow African marigolds. They would also look
super paired with New Gold lantana or planted in drifts
adjacent to Tiger Eye gloriosa daisies. The white and
pink varieties look awesome planted as companions with
purple coneflowers such as PowWow Wildberry.
perform best in full sun and planted in fertile
organic-rich beds that offer great drainage. They will
be perennial in zones nine to 10 but a much loved annual
elsewhere. I know you will agree it is hard to believe a
plant in the snapdragon family relishes our summer heat
established in the bed, angelonias seem to have
remarkable drought tolerance. This is particularly true
in organic-rich beds in which a layer of mulch has been
added. Pay attention, though, because if we should go
through a prolonged dry spell, supplemental irrigation
would be necessary. Please do not stick this stunning
plant in tight, compacted clay soil.
light monthly application of a 2-1-2-ratio fertilizer,
such as a 10-5-10 with minor nutrients, is all this
plant needs to keep blooming. The bloom period is really
long, and when it does want to cycle, it responds well
to trimming back with a pair of pruning shears.
addition to the new Adessa, also look for the
award-winning Serena series and the new Serenita, which
are slightly smaller at just 14 inches in height. If you
donít see Adessa when spring arrives, donít fret.
Just make sure this is the year you try angelonias in
your landscape and know you are getting a tough-as-nails