Caladiums are known for their beautiful leaf color in partial shade. Some varieties perform well in sun, and more new varieties are being developed for full-sun landscapes. When planted in full sun, the appearance of caladium plants can be very different from that in partial shade. In addition, watering and fertilization requirements may also change.
Caladiums are wonderful foliage plants that add color to Southern landscapes from May to October. Variety trials in full sun and partial shade were conducted at the Hammond Research Station in 2011 and 2012. Recommendations are made for selecting cultivars that can do well in either sun or partial shade.
Fifty-five caladiums were planted in full sun and partial shade landscape beds on April 20, 2012. Their landscape performance were evaluated from May to October. Plants were rated for emergence uniformity, visual quality, and sun damage. Presented in this photo gallery are the top performers in both sun and shade.
320 Louisiana Master Gardeners attending an “Appreciation Day” at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station on Friday, May 13 were provided an opportunity to vote for their two “favorite” plants in the sun garden plant trial evaluation area at the station.
Over 500 cultivars of annual bedding plants (cool- and warm-season), herbaceous perennials, roses and companion shrubs are being evaluated currently at the LSU AgCenter's Hammond Research Station in the sun garden trial area. Here is a brief summary of a few of these plants from February-May 2011.
Green industry professionals, home gardeners and Louisiana Master Gardeners participated in the People’s Choice plant award selections at the LSU AgCenter’s Hammond Research Station in May 2010.