For Foliage Follow-Up Sponsored by Pam Penick at Digging I'm featuring my favorite sweet potato vine (Ipomoea). On the 16th of each month garden bloggers join Pam at Digging to follow up Garden Blogger's Bloom Day by illustrating the importance of foliage in our gardens.
The Illusion Emerald Lace sweet potato vine is a bright addition to my container garden.
I like the bright chartreuse color and the unique open pattern of the leaves.
I had seen a similar leaf pattern with the darker leaves, but not in this color until I spotted one in the blue adobe courtyard at The Antique Rose Emporium as seen here last year.
Because of the deer problem in my yard, I do a lot of container gardening on the deck. This way I can enjoy annuals that are also deer favorites. I've mixed this Emerald Lace Potato Vine with 'Florida Sun' coleus, a bright polka dot plant (upper right), and pink firespike (middle).
Unlike most of my potato vine plants, 'Emerald Lace' did not make a tuber that I could winter over. I've also found it doesn't propagate from cutting as easily as other types and I purchased a new one this spring so it will brighten up my deck all summer.
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