Nikki
Nikki
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Asked on Mar 22, 2012

Caladium alternatives for a sunny yard?

Margie  NewmanErica GlasenerLouise
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I L.O.V.E. caladiums! Unfortunately, my front yard where I want to plant them gets a lot of sun, which from my experience isn't the ideal thing for caladiums. I tried Florida Cardinals last year, but even those couldn't take the sun the front yard gets. Any suggestions for caladium look-alikes that can take the sun? I'm thinking coleus. Anything else?
My front yard wish
My front yard wish
23 answers
  • Johnny J
    on Mar 22, 2012

    This plants prefers moist soil and shaded areas. A direct sun will wilt this plants. This palnts looks pretty

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 22, 2012

    If you are looking for colorful foliage and sun tolerance, coleus would be worth a try. This article from the Louisiana State University Ag Center identifies a number of cultivars that have done well in their trials: http://www.lsuagcenter.com/news_archive/2009/June/headline_news/Sun+coleus+shine+in+the+landscape.htm

  • Walter Reeves
    on Mar 23, 2012

    several of the small elephant ear plants do well in full sun if hey are watered in summer

  • Melissa G
    on Mar 23, 2012

    Your caladiums are beautiful, especially in such big groups. It gives me a great idea for my garden's own shady areas.

  • Nikki
    on Mar 23, 2012

    Thanks for the advice. I think I'll give the coleus a shot and search for some elephant ears. I'm also going to put in a different variety of sun tolerant caladium bulbs just to see what happens. Melissa, that's a picture of my front yard "wish." It's inspiration for the yard I want to have. :-)

  • Teresa D
    on Mar 23, 2012

    I really like that. I planted caladiums sparsely around the side of my house and in the backyard. Didn't think about doing them in groups like that. I just might try it out! I like coleus too. Post pictures if you plant some and it works out for you!

  • Anne T
    on Mar 23, 2012

    I 've planted caladiums every year for ages. My plan was to try something different this season but this yard is so beautiful! Maybe next year I'll do something different. lol

  • Is there a larger leaved coleus that does well in Atlanta?

  • Linda
    on Mar 23, 2012

    I LOVE caladiums also - they're beautyis so classic

  • Suzanne B
    on Mar 23, 2012

    depends on your zone looks like you're in zone 8 or 9?

  • Nikki
    on Mar 23, 2012

    Good question, HandyAndy! I'd like to know that answer as well.

  • Betty
    on Mar 23, 2012

    also are caladiums perennial.

  • Louise
    on Mar 24, 2012

    So, this photo is caladiums? And they're SHADE plants? My yard is nearly all shade. Can I plant them now? I'm in Norcross, GA (metro Atlanta).

  • Faidra at CA Global Inc
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Costco has a great deal on caladium and elephant ear bulbs! Have shade and sun tolerant varieties and the product doesn't disappoint, mine were huge, full and lasted really long. I see the "ears" creeping up from the soil already, so I ran out in the rain yesterday and planted some more!

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 24, 2012

    @ Louise, those are caladiums in the photo, and yes, in general, they are shade plants. They like warm soil, at least 60 degrees, and I doubt you have that yet despite the mild winter. @Betty: They are a tender perennial so you will have to dig them up in the falll and bring them inside for storage, as you would dahlias. @HandyAndy and Nikki: "Atlas" has done well in trials and has a large leaves of deep purple with a contrasting center and edge of bright green.

  • Erica Glasener
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Nikki, According to Brent Heath of Brent and Becky's bulbs Caladium 'Red Flash' will take full sun. https://store.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/summer/productview/?sku=60-11

  • Wendy B
    on Mar 24, 2012

    the deer at mine! :( I still have elephant ears and they are in the sun and look amazing every summer!

  • Wendy B
    on Mar 24, 2012

    ate...not at, sorry

  • Susan S
    on Mar 25, 2012

    Ha Ha - I read it as "ate" and didn't catch it until you made the correction. There have been various articles written about how we perceive words and even though things can be really garbled, if certain key letters are present we can still read and understand what's being said, Our brains can do interesting things. . . .

  • Louise
    on Apr 8, 2012

    So when CAN I plant caladiums? And when will they look like this photo? Is the soil warm enough now? How long will they look like this, and do they come back next year? Should I put them where they'll get nearly no sun? Most of my entire yard is shade, but with some patches of sun here and there, now and then. Oooops, now I see above that they have to be dug up in the fall. That's a lot of trouble. Is there anything else this pretty that will give me lots of nice color for many months that won't have to be dug up?

    • Lo
      on Jul 12, 2015

      @Marianne Howley There are various deer repellent sprays. They work for me in my "lotsa deer" yard. My hubby sprays my caladiums and hostas. How much rain we have determines the spraying schedule. Usually every 2 weeks or so.

  • Louise
    on Apr 8, 2012

    What about coleus? (sp?) How will they do in a shady yard? And how long will they last?

  • Erica Glasener
    on Apr 8, 2012

    Louise for shade you can use lots of perennials like Carex (green and white looks like an ornamental grass), variegated solomon's seal, ferns and coral bells with colorful foliage. Easy and colorful. Coleus are great too but you will have to replant them each year as they are annuals.

  • Margie Newman
    on Jul 12, 2015

    I have recently seen "sun" caladiums here in Home Depot and other garden centers; can't wait 'til next year....my yard looks like a bomb went off. Totally redoing, removed a couple trees (grrr!!!) for the pool, making an island, new trees at fence line, new shrubs & alot of the sun caladiums......Tried the sun patiens when they came out and now I love them, so hoping the caladiums are the same!!! Good Luck!!!

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