Monday, May 24, 2010

Sweet Kate Golden Spiderwort

Golden Spiderwort
Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Sweet Kate'
(trad-es-KAN-tee-uh) (an-der-soh-nee-AH-na)

‘Sweet Kate’ has been a real pleasure to have in the garden. Contrary to my experience with most other Spiderworts this one seems to form more of a clump than a sprawling mass. The color combination of the purple flowers with the gold foliage is eye catching and I like it better than I thought originally. This plant is located with a little shade and it almost glows when the light is hitting it right. If it gets a little tired looking later in the season a quick haircut will refresh it.

Spiderwort is considered a weed by a lot of gardeners for good reason. It can become invasive but 'Sweet Kate’ will have a place in my gardens anytime. The little bit of orange in the background of this pic is from a giant Exbury Azalea that is totally covered with blooms this year. All together the bed yields quite a splash of color with the combination of the Azalea and Golden Spiderwort.

3 comments:

Janet said...

I have Sweet Kate and love it. I constantly dig out lots of the species Spiderwort. It reseeds in addition to spreading by root ball.

Barbara said...

This a quit pretty flower... great capture ...

Les said...

This is one of my favorite long-lived perennials. It usually melts away when temperatures get really hot, but it pops back out in the fall