Star Dust Bush
Star Dust Bush – Also known as the false heather, Mexican heather, Hawaiian heather or elfin herb. It is a small evergreen native shrub native to Mexico, Gautama and Hondurans, It grows well outdoors. Cupheas produce numerous, small flowers throughout the year.
A round ball-like bush has fine, twiggy growth covered in heath-like foliage and is covered with small, star-shaped purple flowers for most of the year. It is fast growing, and tends to self-seed. C. hyssopifolia ‘Cocktail’ has yellow-green foliage and purple-pink flowers; ‘Midget’ has fine foliage with masses of dark purple flowers; ‘White Star’ has dark green foliage with white flowers in summer and autumn. C. hyssopifolia ‘Lemon & Ice’ has lime-green or golden foliage and pure white flowers. ‘Lemon Squash’ also has lime-green foliage, which is contrasted with lilaccoloured flowers.
Compact neat shrubs with small flowers are valuable plants for providing textural contrast in the border.
A gardener is typically drawn to plants with large flowers or dramatic foliage. However, too many of these plants can create an overwhelming effect in the garden. The best effects are always achieved when the gardener bears in mind the principle of contrast – and this applies to foliage size, shape, colour and texture. Foliage is the important issue – after all, no plant is in bloom all year round whereas foliage is there much longer, in fact, throughout the year if it is evergreen.
If you have a plant with large leaves, plant it next to one with small leaves in order to show it off to best advantage. If the flowers are gorgeous but the leaves are insignificant, plant a shrub with colourful foliage next to it. In a similar manner, contrast furry leaves with plain-textured leaves, glossy leaves with matt leaves, fernlike leaves with plain oval leaves.