As various of our longterm customers regularly ask about availability of plants once offered in past catalogues (we suspect that many of you have more complete year-by-year collections of those newsprint compilations than we do), we have re-listed many of these old plant treasures after getting them back into propagation; furthermore, we've been propagating many new treasures from the main collections as well as readying choice new plants sent to us by those of you who love to collect and hybridize and wish to share your treasures with the rest of us. And, as usual, you will note that we like to name these new cultivars and hybrids after you!
Since our customers continue to increase their interests and expand their displays of the wondrous TROPICAL LOOK in their outdoor gardens, we have added items for this look-- new Aroids, choice Sansevieria, dramatic Agaves and their cousins, returning Begonias, a solid selection of reliable handsome Bromeliads, some very showy spiderworts and Acanthus family members. So continue to tart up your urns & planters unabashedly; shamelessly pump up those perennial beds by adding a few companion tropicals. We have also continued to expand plant selections in increasingly popular categories: tropical bonsai plants (especially succulent Bonsai), cultivars suited for standards & topiary, tried & true succulents suited for living wreaths or Fairy Gardens, new distinctive material to try in your windowboxes, living walls, patio urns and reliable yet choice terrarium subjects. (The sheer number of terrariums and wardian cases you purchased from us last year continues to esculate.) Many of these new items are perfect for your fair garden designs and for the popular living wall movement.
Meanwhile, we have not forgotten our core support group (many of whom have been ordering /supporting us for well over 20 years now) who need new treasures for their hobby greenhouses & conservatories; their extensive lite gardens & plantrooms, and especially those who need a regular fix of an astounding new variegated cultivars. A reminder to our many Southern customers: many of the plants are excellent choices for your permanent plantings even though they are summertime bedding or greenhouse plants in our Zone 6b climate.
You will notice an ever increasing number of individual photos & images this season--the attempt to illustrate nearly every plant we list continues--and we do thank profusely those of you who have sent photos we can use as so many of our older stock plants show the effect of many cuttings and airlayerings, resulting in less than typical stature for that particular species and/or cultivar--and all of us enjoy seeing how you have potted and combined your plant treasures. We have always learned more from our faithful customer friends than we have from all our many reference books.
Most plants are sent rooted in 2 1/2"- 5 1/5" plastic pots unless coded as unrooted cuttings for certain succulents.
Stock Number: 52207
Tidy compact carpets of multiple rosette heads of grayish green--each crowded succulent leathery leaflet tipped with a somewhat flexible spine & lined with teeth. Green flowered bromel from rocky exposed areas of Argentina making a wonderful accent plant in any succulent collection or as a base for a caudiform bons...
Stock Number: 52259
Smooth-edged succulent leaves, spine tipped, with dull glossed silvery leather surfaces packed in tight elongated rosettes branching to form extensive rine gray hard edged sadistic cushions. Whew! Small green bromel beaked blossoms in tidy clusters; native to rock crevices of Argentina--this is extremely slow growing a...
Stock Number: 54474
A clone shared with us by J. C. Raulston proven to be somewhat root hardy in the very deep South (along the gulf and south): odd rangy habit with small dangling bronze-orange blossoms; survives Z8 if given a long hot summer in order to establish a heavy root mass below winter 's eventual frost line; seems to produce bl...
Stock Number: 42263
Leaf almost entirely white with small central green flame; pale bronzy salmon fls dangle from the tall stems. Best grown in very bright light in a cool greenhouse in intense climates as can burn in the heat of the deep South. But in zones with smaller numbers this not only performs in the winter greenhouse but forms a ...
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Stock Number: 40005
Yellow, nodding bellflowers with ochre clappers accent this vigorous "Flowering Maple" with soft fresh green leaves on self branching stems. Possibly a more reliably summer blooming selection of England's 'Moonchimes.' Has the reputation among our customers as being one of the few in this group of Hibiscus cousins perf...
Stock Number: 40007
Soft maple leaves richly flecked gold on a tightly branched shrub sporting many salmon bellflowers; striking in annual beds. Deservedly the most popular "Flowering Maple" as it is a brilliant display whether in flower or not; most effective when grown with plants displaying purple toned foliage. An unexpectedly subtle ...
Stock Number: 50565
Erect woody stems festooned with spectacularly big nodding blossoms of festive tangerine; this "Giant Chime Flowering Maple" can be kept as a modest heavily flowering pot plant, or encouraged to easily reach 8' --thus perfect for training into standards or for backgrounds in the deep south. Blooms for a very long perio...
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Stock Number: 41253
Reiter hybrid of A. megapotamicum with strongly held laterally weeping branches perfectly displaying the charming show of ranks of dangling flared large yellow blossoms highlighted by darker-toned throat (as long as not exposed to considerable warmth year round). Perfect for hanging baskets, most impressive in windowbo...
Stock Number: 40009
Upright stems hold long red "Chenille Plant" pendant catkins throughout the year if this "Philippine Medusa" or "Red-hot Cattail" shrubis given bright light and warm conditions. This is one of the most curious and most popular of the tropical plants! Always in demand.
Please inquire as to availability prior to order...
Stock Number: 41930
"Strawberry Firetail/Foxtail"--(hispaniola) Trailing slim stems disappear beneath the small leaves and rosy pink velvety "Tails" which mimic their "Chenile" brethern--resembling roseate chenile pendant woolyworms fat on steroids. These terminally cute critters are splendid additions to any urn or windowbox as well as h...
Stock Number: 40012
Massed, finely cut, astoundingly slim leaves edged in rich cream on elegant seldom branched stems, present a striking weeping "Lance Copperleaf" making a very distinct vertical statement. Ideal for training into a standard. Very little lateral growth. Can be extremely dramatic as an exclamation point in an urn or...
Stock Number: 42010
Large furled solid copper purple leaves with a deeply fingered elaborate filigree edge--appropriately named for the Maui volcano noted for its watery cascades eroding extremely deep valleys. Very unique selection with a distinct urge to grow ever upward--modest pinching of tips assures a wide dramatic show of incredibl...
Stock Number: 41525
"Miniature Fire-dragon" Very tiny spindle-shaped leaves of dusky red and coppery rose with creamy feathered margins; much branching dwarf forming small mounds. Thus: the most likely "Copperleaf" to be seen as a demure tropical bonsai subject. With limited light the foliage turns clear ochre with dusky pink. The best ch...
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Stock Number: 59213
"Heart Copperleaf", large russet leaves with long pointed leaves extending from the cordate tops, bronze-green & copper tones. This is the best quick growing cultivar for outdoor borders, for showy urns and big windowboxes as it makes a big bold statement very quickly. Given free root run in a conservatory, t...
Stock Number: 40015
Spectacular ruffled & fluted "Copper Swirl" leaves serrated & highlighted in pink, bronze, red. It was famous even in late Victorian gardening as the splendid and dramaticly foliaged "Ceylon Plant." More demanding of warmth and full sun than the similar 'Hoffmanii.' Certainly (and deservedly) the most pop...
Stock Number: 42079
Each ruffled coppery ochre leaf is margined with parchment toned scallops. Most furled leaves of any cultivar we know. It is an excellent conservatory subject where it receives the high humidity, bright light and constant warmth this cultivar demands on in order to stay startling. (We believe this excellent...
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Stock Number: 41955
Brazenly flashy "Razzle Dazzle Plant" with woody decorative stems anchoring large deeply lobed irregularly twisted leaves with saw toothed edges accentuating the deep maroon tones highlighted with deeply disturbed bronzes and reds. No two leaves ever display the same outline. Remarkably ostrobogulous dramatic as ...
Stock Number: 31714
Distinctive "King Kopperleaf" from our Cajin friends with tall wand-like stems heavily cloaked with elongated bronze foliage, tipped creamy green and parchment rose--rather delicate tones within this bold and brassy crew. Extremely sensitive to chill; can only ship this delicately featured cultivar during the warmest m...
Stock Number: 99405
Let us know if you will be growing these in a greenhouse, tall or squat terrarium, a windowsill houseplant, or as outdoor summer container subjects so that we can select appropriately from our stocks of Acanthus, Aphelandra, Asystasia, Barleria, Baphicacanthus, Chamaeranthemum, Crossandra, Dicliptera, Eranthemum, Hypoe...
Stock Number: 58473
A remarkably beautiful semi-aquatic (easily forms stilt roots if wet) Asian with semi erect trunks ranked with pairs of elongated deeply lobed leaves milky green with ivory spined margins. A treasure from Barry Yinger. Much more silver in the leaves than our own Acanthus montanus Frieling's Sensation with a more delica...
Stock Number: 50002
A variegated selection by Ken Frieling here at the GHW of "False Thistle" with yellow marbled deeply cut leaf margins turning into rich patches of creamy ivory with age. Handsome foliage topped by spires of white bracts stained raspberry pink. A centerpiece in many international conservatories and display gardens since...
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Stock Number: 20008
Semi-trailing "Nut Orchid" with compact habit topped with double rose-pink scalloped flowers which remain open longer than the single cultivars. An excellent Worley hybrid with dark deep green leaves -- tends to have a much shorter dormancy cycle than the other types, especially if grown in a lit garden. Nevertheless i...
Stock Number: 81484
Fast clustering miniature selection with taller foliage than pusillus, while individual blades are elegantly slim in the overlapping foliar fans--much used as a bonsai companion. As with all the gramineus cultivars, this must be kept evenly moist in order to maintain lustrous foliage.
Stock Number: 30549
Interlacing ranks of short sword-shaped glossy-grass leaves, each striped on its inner edge. Forms remarkable 4" cushions. Most certainly the prize cultivar of the species. This quite rare Japanese selection of this winter hardy "Sweetflag" is also beautiful as indoor pot plant as well as a choice mame bonsai com...
Stock Number: 30550
Bright white-striped leaves similar to A.g. variegatus, although considered to be more compact and shorter as it matures. An easily grown houseplant, always a star in a terrarium setting, equally happy in a damp area outside in our climate here.
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Stock Number: 30724
Marvelous small tufts of bright golden chartreuse fans of tiny flat leaf blades; wonderful in small undrained containers; very showy golden tuffet in a terrarium as well. But most popular as an eye catcher in a Fairy Garden landscape.
Stock Number: 30551
"Golden Sweetflag" Elegant ranks of 6"+ sword leaves of bright yellow-ochre with emerald pinstripes. Striking indoors in a small blue bonsai pot; beautiful evergreen golden-grass effect when grown in a boggy spot outdoors; popular in aquatic tubs for the deck as keeps small stature. This is a Japanese clone which also ...
Stock Number: 30004
Lime-yellow stripes inside outer edge of each slim blade; from Japan, excellent as short grassy-tufted houseplant; or quite hardy in Southeast Ohio--a "Japanese Sweet Flag" which stays evergreen if given semi-aquatic conditions outdoors. Easy in aquatic culture--although the name translates as "Snow on the Mountain," t...
Stock Number: 10004
Lovely "Venus Maidenhair" with short maroon stems bearing clouds of ovate-triangular pinnae; partial to lime, does well in terrariums and in any moist, cool conditions. This is the species form of the Southern Maidenhair and thus prefers (needs?) a winter rest. Not as easy as its cultivars!
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Stock Number: 10007
Fountains of beautiful cascading shimmering fronds; young ferns form at the tips of each long mature frond, thus called the "Walking Maidenhair Fern"; from Old World tropics. Extremely dramatic when grown as a hanging basket subject in conditions of reliably high constant humidity levels; wonderful as a carpet for your...
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