Since the arrival of Lime Sizzler™ Firebush in 2014, gardeners everywhere have been eager to get their hands on this long-blooming addition to Mother Nature’s plant palette. This double-take dynamo has captured the eye of landscape design professionals, hummingbirds, butterflies and bees with its exotic lime-green and yellow foliage topped with sizzling trumpet-shaped, red-orange flowers chock-full with nectar (it’s a top-ten plant for attracting pollinators).
Botanically, Lime Sizzler™ Firebush is a South Florida to West Indies native; however, it was actually discovered at a nursery in Texas that then patented the plant. This variety will be more compact than the everyday firebush (in the 4-foot-by-5-foot range) when you plant it in USDA zones 9-11. Otherwise, you can use it as an annual in colder climates. Lime Sizzler™ is fast-growing, drought- and cold-tolerant AND pest/deer resistant. Really, what more could you want in a plant?
Use Lime Sizzler™ in any border, natural hedge, or plant bed to enliven your Southwest Florida landscape with its showy color and contrasting texture. It looks even more dazzling when paired with purple-foliage plants (or coontie, canna lily, plumbago, and acacia) in areas with full sun and well-drained soil. Or, you can make it a containerized centerpiece on your patio or pool deck. Either way, if you can get your hands on this elusive sensation, you’ll find it hard to not fall in love. Better yet, if you live in Sarasota, Manatee or Charlotte counties, contact your local landscape design professionals at ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design to schedule a free design consultation at 941.488.8897 and see if Lime Sizzler™ Firebush is right for your landscape. artistree.com