The Colocasia or Elephant Ears that are growing behind the waterfall in my front foundation bed need to be moved to a shadier location this fall. These herbaceous perennials are grown from a tuber that is hardy in zones 8 and above. I’ve never dug mine up and they come back every year in my zone 7b garden. In fact these came to me as a pass-a-long plant from my grandmother’s neighbor. These took a beating this summer so I decided to relocate them to the woodland garden where they will get afternoon shade.
This area is rich with compost that I added this fall. It is directly under a window air conditioning unit which keeps the soil slightly moist all summer from condensation. Colocasia prefer an area that doesn’t dry out so this should be the ideal location. In addition their lush foliage will be a good way to fill this bare spot.