Beautiful Torenia Plants In Your Garden
Torenias are highly popular shade plants, which are also a profuse bloomer. Nurseries sometimes carry Torenia seedlings or seeds, under common names like wishbone flower, bluewings, and clown flower. Gardeners can also collect seeds from mature plants and use them to propagate their own in the following year. Members of this genus grow in compact mounds and are ideally suited to use as bedding plants. They are in the snapdragon family, and produce small tubular flowers with showy petals. In nature, Torenia usually appears in colors like blue, purple, and lavender, while plants in captivity may be yellow or bred to display other colors. Some are variegated, likeblue flowers with yellow throats. The foliage is usually simple and bright green. Gardeners working with multicolored cultivars can arrange them in a variety of patterns to showcase the bright colors and the array of varieties. Evergreen shrubs and ground covers make good companion plants for Torenia, as they will offset the colorful flowers.
These plants require rich soil, preferably worked with lots of compost. The soil also needs to be well drained and to have a neutral pH balance. The plants are native to warm regions and are highly frost tender, growing best in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) zones six through nine. Full sun to partial shade is recommended for best results, although in a very hot, bright climate, the plants may do better in deeper shade.