The tropical plants show their color during the summer and fall months from June to October. In 2012, volunteers took to their knees and planted hundreds upon hundreds of bulbs donated to the garden by caladium grower Bates Sons and Daughters of Lake Placid, Florida. In business for over 65 years, Bates' caladiums are known throughout the horticultural industry for their quality, size, and vigor. Their website is a wealth of information. Visit www.caladiumsonline.com.
Caladiums make excellent, easy-care bedding plants for full shade to full sun gardens. Caladium bulbs should be planted in about an inch and a half of moist soil to cover the tuber. Space the tubers 2 to 4 inches apart for a full appearance. Be sure not to plant the bulbs too early. Later is better.
Caladiums also may be grown in pots, indoor or outside, and make long-lasting floral arrangements.
Come enjoy and be inspired by the thousands of heart-shaped caladiums throughout the garden this season.