The Modern Southern Garden: Elephant Ears

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Elephant Ears

The modern southern garden should include plants & bulbs with rich, vibrant color. Colocasia or Elephant Ears, offer a bold, tropical feel to gardens. Their lush green foliage pairs well with many summer blooms. Elephant Ears emerge from bulbs that perform best when planted approximately 4-inches beneath a mix a rich, organic soil in a location that receives sun or partial sun. They multiply prolifically once established & benefit from dividing every few years so share them with friends. Be certain to keep plants well watered, particularly under dry conditions. Bulbs may be removed from the soil in the fall after the first frost & dried indoors. Store in peat moss over the winter & be certain they are in a location above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Elephant Ears do produce flowers however many gardeners prefer to remove them from plants to concentrate the nutrients on leaf production. Learn how to use this beautiful specimen in outdoor spaces.

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Savvy southerners know to have distinctive garden varieties planted around their outdoor space that can be used for a number of occasions.  If you don’t have these garden staples growing in your green space, pick them up from local nurseries & plant them either in pots or in your yard as they can be used in a number of lovely ways.

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Although Elephant Ears are not known to be commonly used when entertaining as cut specimens, they do make wonderful focal points in outdoor spaces. Plant the bulbs near decks, swimming pools & garden sheds for a charming, tropical effect. The plants are versatile in that they may be paired with shade loving flowers & plants such as hosta & impatiens or sun lovers including zinnia & salvia

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* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Football Fanatic * Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Techniques Instructor * Cooking & Baking Tutorials * Media Personality * Baking & Pastry Artist * Gardener * Runner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

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