Ctenanthe pilosa cv. Golden Mosaic (Golden Variegated Ctenanthe)
There were numerous plants for sale at the nearby nursery, but we spotted only one plant of this beauty in a poly bag in late February, 2014. It appeared to be so unhappy and eagerly waiting to be embraced by us.
Moreover, we’re positive that it would definitely be happy at our courtyard where mostly variegated plants that love semi-shade reside in.
Dracaena marginata (Madagascar Dragon Tree, Red-edged Dracaena)
Just unfortunate that the nursery in our neighbourhood didn’t have young plants for sale then.
The matured ones with several heads would have dug a big hole in our pocket as the prices were between RM200-250, way beyond our budget.
Our patience paid well and in late November 2011,we were able to purchase our dream and long awaited Dracaena marginata for RM28, apretty good deal for a healthy young plant.
Though a slow-growing plant, we were greeted by a small plantlet that sprouted at the side of the main stem, slightly more than a year later. What a wonderful surprise!
Thus, to do it justice, we decided to relocate this robust beauty to a conducive and favourable site where it can stand majestically and be admired by one and all.
Excoecaria cochinchinensis cv. Firestorm (Chinese Croton Firestorm, Variegated Blindness Tree, Jungle Fire Plant)
We had this remarkable beauty about two years ago. Unfortunately, the plant died six months later for unknown reasons, possibly due to our ignorance about its cultural requirements.
Absolutely love its impressive cascading habit that seems to dance on windy days to show off its amazing foliage variegation.
Splendid when grown in a hanging pot where the underside of leaves in various hues of maroon are visible and can be fully appreciated.
Calathea roseopicta cv. Dottie (Rose-painted Calathea Dottie)
Our potted Dracaena reflexa – ‘Song of India’ that was located at the courtyard was unhappy and breathed its last recently.
Ta-da… we happily took home a pot of Calathea roseo picta ‘Dottie’ that cost us only RM15. Its beauty was simply irresistible!
The vivid pink markings on the dark black-green leaves captivated and dazzled us so! Even the new emerging leaf had the distinct bright pink markings.
Reaching home, I quickly replanted this treasured beauty into a new pot and located it at our courtyard where mostly variegated plants that love semi-shade dwell. Gosh, it really stands out amongst the greens!
Ficus elastica ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Indian Rubber Tree)
Recently, we sighted this striking plant with captivating variegated foliage at a residential bungalow in the neighbourhood and rekindled our yearning for it again.
Anyway, we were unsure whether this lovely tree can be added to our small garden paradise due to space constrain. There’s limited area for it to be planted in the ground.
It took us sometime to realize that it can be alternatively grown in a large pot.
Hopefully soon, our yearning days for this beauty are over and we’ll be able to purchase it when the garden nursery in our vicinity has it for sale. Most likely we may need to source for it elsewhere if unavailable nearby.