A Beautiful Solution for Shade Gardens

  • Striking color that lasts all season
  • Flourishes in partial to full shade
  • Versatile in containers and landscapes
  • Requires less frequent feeding than many annuals
  • Matures to 15-20” tall x 10-14” spread
  • Grown as an annual everywhere except USDA Zones 10-11
  • Pronounced “Cuh-LAY-dee-um”

Sometimes it can be discouraging to garden when you are faced with a lot of shade and deer pressure. Maybe you’ve found a few plants that work, but you are hesitant to try something different for fear you might fail. We’re here to show you a beautiful way forward this year. Just look at the gorgeous heart-shaped leaves of ‘Lemon Blush’ caladium!

Caladiums like this light up the garden with their gorgeous variegated foliage, especially in the heat of summer when some other plants start struggling. ‘Lemon Blush’ shrugs it right off and powers on through, bringing cool chartreuse and rosy red color to shaded nooks in the landscape and containers. Once you grow it, we bet it will find a permanent place on your spring shopping list. We all need more easy shade plants like this!

How to Grow Caladiums

Whether you like to grow caladiums from bulbs or prefer buying sprouted caladium plants, we’ve got you covered with tips for successfully growing your caladiums. Just choose your preferred method below and follow the link to the instruction page.

caladium bulbs

Growing Caladiums from Bulbs

You might like to grow caladiums from bulbs rather than buying sprouted caladium plants if you enjoy the experience of growing things from seeds or roots, and you’re not looking for instant impact.

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Growing Caladiums from Sprouted Plants

If you live where the growing season is relatively short or want plants with instant impact, you may prefer to purchase your caladium as live plant in a container.

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Uses for Caladiums

Caladiums are incredibly versatile plants for all sorts of containers and garden beds outdoors. They also make fun houseplants to help you get through a few months of the winter blues. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Heart to Heart caladiums make unique, bold “thrillers” in container recipes when paired with shorter, mounded to trailing plants. A container filled with lush caladiums is an amazing sight!

Try using ‘Lemon Blush’ as part of our Take to Heart recipe in a 14” flower pot. Add one 4” pot of Lemon Coral® Sedum and one more of Heart to Heart® ‘Snow Flurry’ Caladium to round out the recipe. It’s a great, vibrant trio that will liven up those partly shaded areas of your garden.

Take to Heart Caladium recipe

Take to Heart Recipe

Find dozens of caladium container recipes here.

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Garden Beds

Pep up your shade garden by poking a few caladiums in among your hostas, or mass a whole bunch in an underused area of your landscape. Their broad, colorful foliage makes a quick and striking impact.

Once established, caladiums need only average amounts of water similar to the rest of the plants in your garden. Take care to match the sun/shade preferences of your new caladium to the planting site. Since there are caladium varieties that grow in both sun and shade, it should be easy to find one that fits.

lemon blush caladium indoors


Near the end of the season when outdoor temperatures begin to consistently fall below 60°F, it is time to move your caladium plants indoors if you want to keep them actively growing. It’s possible to continue to grow them as a houseplant for at least a few months until they naturally enter a resting period.

Choose a place indoors that receives bright indirect light. Set the pot on a saucer filled with pebbles and water to keep the humidity up around the plant. Caladiums need humidity to thrive, so a bright bathroom might be the perfect spot for them.

If you purchase your caladium plant in the fall or winter, do your best to keep it warm until you get home and bring it right inside. Do not let it sit in your cold car for any amount of time. This is similar to how you should treat poinsettias.

top 3 reasons to grow Heart to Heart® ‘Lemon Blush’ Caladium

It’s Fun to Try Something New
Stuck in a rut? Try something different this year. We know you are going to love this plant!

It Thrives Under Adversity
Got shade? ‘Lemon Blush’ can take it, even full shade. Worried about deer? They typically pass caladiums right on by. Too hot? This plant won’t even break a sweat!

It’s gorgeous
Good looks should count for something, right? Look how nicely it adds rich color and texture to shade gardens.

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Heart to Heart® ‘Lemon Blush’ Caladium

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Heart to Heart® ‘Lemon Blush’ Caladium hortulanum USPP 25,450