When thinking about adding a touch of color and fragrance to your landscape design, there are many varieties of flowering plants to choose from. A common plant that is available in most nurseries is one called the angel's trumpet. This interesting and easy-to-care-for plant is able to be added to just about any type of landscaping situation from apartment balconies to lining walkways and pool areas.
What are angel's trumpets?
Angel's trumpets are large shrubs and trees that have large, trumpet-like flowers. They are native to the higher altitudes of South America. There are two basic types, brugmansia, which are the most common species with downward facing flowers, and datura which have flowers facing upward. Both types of plants have a variety of colors and a light fragrance that is usually released around nightfall.
How should they be planted?
One of the great things about angel's trumpets is that they will grow both in containers as well as in the ground. This makes them good candidates for a variety of designs. They prefer warmer climates (zones 9-12) and will die off after a frost. However, they may re-grow the next season in milder climates. In harsher climates, they will have to be put in a pot and brought indoors when the weather gets too cold. The plant does well as a full-time houseplant if placed in a sunny location, though they may not flower well indoors.
How are angel's trumpets cared for?
Angel's trumpets are easy to care for and usually only require water, fertilizer, and regular pruning. Sometimes, more actions may need to be taken to get a good bloom on the plant. Most expert gardeners say that this plant does well with full sun for most of the day, though they say it can also do well in partial shade.
Are angel's trumpets poisonous?
These plants are members of the nightshade family, which also include tomatoes and potatoes. All parts of the plants are poisonous if eaten. If you have children and pets that like to taste or nibble on plants, then make sure they can't get access to angel's trumpets. Most animals will either ignore the plant or not bother it after tasting a small part of it.
Overall, angel's trumpets can be a visually appealing addition to any landscape design. They are versatile, easy to care for, and require little attention other than the basics. Contact your landscaper to learn more about adding these plants to your property.