Fragrant Heliotrope Outdoor Plants
The heliotrope outdoor plants are cherished for its highly-fragrant flowers, that appear in clusters during midsummer t is a favorite in old fashioned gardens, moon gardens, and cottage gardens, and it does well in a variety of temperate to tropical climates, although it is extremely frost tender. While heliotrope outdoor plants are sometimes treated as a rather old fashioned flower, many garden supply stores carry seedlings for gardeners who wish to plant them, and there are several different cultivars to choose from, for gardeners who want to play with new varieties. Classically, heliotrope has dark green foliage which is deeply crinkled, with lush dark purple flowers which grow in small clusters. The plant has a very strong aroma which is sometimes compared to vanilla, and the scent tends to come out more when the plant is stressed by heat and lack of water. Other cultivars may have white, pink, or pale purple flowers, and foliage which varies slightly in color and size.
The most crucial factors that determine the growth of these flowering outdoor plants are the amount of water and sunlight they receive. These plants prefer bright sunlight, but appreciate some shelter in the late afternoon, as intense sunlight in the late afternoon can burn their leaves. Next to sunlight, heliotropes prefer rich and moist soil. However, the soil should not be wet. So, water them adequately to keep the soil moist, but avoid over-watering. At the same time, do not let the soil dry out completely. Ideally, these plants should be grown in well-drained soil. You can apply a layer of mulch around the plants, in order to keep the soil moist.