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Duranta ‘Sapphire Showers’
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Duranta 'Sapphire Showers'
Duranta ‘Sapphire Showers' is a popular variety due to its delicate series of white edged, deep purple blooms with their delicate scent. The leaves are a fresh green colour and the plant displays beautifully in a large pot. The lollipops cultivated from ‘Sapphire Showers' are very attractive due in part to the slightly weeping habit of the branches when they are in full bloom.
The mostly forgotten Duranta erecta and D. erecta ‘Variegata' are sometimes still found in older gardens. However, they have generally given way to a completely new generation of duranta. Duranta erecta is a large, semi-deciduous shrub with light green or variegated leaves, tiny bunches of sky-blue flowers, and bright yellow berries. It is no longer cultivated for a number of reasons, including the fact that the sharp thorns make pruning a nightmare. It has also been noted as a plant that has the potential to be invasive in South Africa, and the berries are poisonous to humans. It has not left a gap in our gardens though, because the new varieties on the market have caught our attention with their pretty foliage and flowers.
You would not expect such a showy feature plant to produce flowers as well, but if you allow ‘Sheena's Gold' to grow naturally and don't prune it too regularly, powder-blue flowers will appear in summer. They're not really enough to get excited about though, but still pretty in their own way.
Most suitable climate
‘Sheena's Gold' is much tougher than it appears. During cold and wet weather (as in the winter rainfall regions), the leaves change to a dark purple colour and many fall off, but in spring they quickly grow again. It can survive short periods of drought without sustaining much damage, but a wilted appearance will be a sign that it is suffering. In very windy conditions, it may suffer some damage but again, it will recover quickly. None of the durantas are suitable for very cold gardens that experience heavy frost.
What they need
Location: full sun or semi-shade. If planted beneath trees durantas must get at least some sunlight so avoid planting them under thick, dense foliage.
In a nutshell
* Attractive feature plants for pots or the garden.
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