Brugmansia Mania

Brugmansia have spectacular, trupet-shaped blooms

Brugmansia have spectacular, trupet-shaped blooms

IT STARTED INNOCENTLY ENOUGH with just one plant, but that led to another and then another.

When all were packed into the basement one winter, I counted 50-plus brugmansias stowed behind the furnace, in the cold cupboard — even in the washroom.

My wife, Shelley, concerned by my new obsession, suggested I stop taking cuttings and making more plants every time one came out of dormancy and started to grow. I didn’t stop.

The following summer I was glad I hadn’t, because that year the plants burst into a spectacular show of 225 trumpet-shaped flowers — some nearly the size of wine bottles. Their intensely sweet fragrance wafted into the house and floated down the street.

Click here to read my story about growing Brugmansias from Garden Making magazine.