If you live in the northern half of the U.S., you may think caladiums are only suitable for southern gardens. Not so! The photo below was taken in a zone 6 garden in New Jersey, where caladiums put on a great show every summer.
Caladiums are actually even more versatile in the North than they are in the South. In areas where the sun is less intense, caladiums don’t need to be restricted to shady locations. Many varieties will tolerate almost any light conditions, from full shade to full sun.
Caladiums, like canna lilies, calla lilies and elephant ears, grow from tubers. This means the plants start the growing season with a ready supply of stored food energy. As soon as the tubers begin growing, they grow with remarkable speed.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the most from these easy summer-blooming bulbs: