Holy Wow gardeners you have got to try Waikiki Sunset lysimachia. It’s been almost 20 years since I wrote about Outback Sunset and to be honest it just kind of disappeared from the market at the time. Waikiki is different, foliage more brightly variegated and flowers that are much larger acting making a real impact versus a conversation item.
If you are thinking lysimachia as in Goldilocks that is a different species, Lysimachia nummularia. Waikiki Sunset is a variegated version of Lysmachia congestiflora and comes from China and is still pretty much a rare read in garden books.
The species has been referred to as Golden Globes, which is a little underwhelming to say the least as this is an outstanding component plant that reaches about 3 to 10 inches tall and spreads up to 12 inches. It has attractive yellow and green variegated foliage and yellow orange bell shaped flowers. The bloom period is almost never ceasing from spring through summer and will rock as the spiller plant in mixed containers and baskets.
This plant is coming from Proven Winners so you should be able to find it. Once you get yours select a site with morning sun with afternoon filtered, and or shifting light perhaps offering a little protection. The soil should be fertile and well-drained which could encourage a spring return. Its real thrill however will come as growing it as an annual in mixed containers, baskets and window boxes.
If you are trying in the landscape amend tight heavy soil with 3 to 4 inches of organic matter and work it shovel deep, 6 to 8 inches. As you probably have gathered by now, I am a proponent of incorporating a little pre-plant slow release fertilizer.
When planting the lysimachia or any other perennial or annual take care of not planting too deep. Plant where the top of the root-ball is even with the surface of the soil. The Waikiki Sunset is spreading so space 10 to 12 inches apart.
Water to get the plants established but then sparingly. A light application of a slow release balanced fertilizer a month after transplanting should be sufficient for vigorous growth. Commercial landscapers growing in mixed containers will use a preplant controlled released granular fertilizer followed up by liquid feeding the rest of the summer.
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I am already seeing dazzling combinations used with Heavenly Blue Surfinia one of the best blue petunias in the market. But the combo that has blown my mind was partnership with the brilliant Waterfall Blue lobelia. You will treasure blue combos with Waikiki Sunset.
The cheerful golden yellow blossoms will dazzle with any other flower color from white lobularias like Snow Princess, to blue salvias and pink SunPatiens. The new name for this lysimachia is quite appropriate as it does lend a festive island atmosphere despite a role as a spiller plant.
The Waikiki Sunset would also look great in combos with Truffula Pink gomphrena and Rockin salvias that I have recently written about. With all of the great new plants showing up at the garden center you have to admit this is a great time to be a gardener. You are the Monet or artist of the backyard, have fun and by all means try Waikiki Sunset lysimachia.