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Tropicals & House Plants

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 this year 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 many new flashy items for this look--odd new Aroids, unusual Agaves and their cousins, dramatic strong boned Begonias, a solid selection of reliable handsome Bromeliads, some very showy palms, 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, cultivars suited for standards & topiary, tried & true succulents suited for living wreaths or dish gardens, new distinctive material to try in your windowboxes or urns, and reliable yet choice terrarium subjects. (The sheer number of terrariums and wardian cases you purchased from us last year continues to esculate.)

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: most of the plants coded CGH (for Cool GreenHouse) 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.

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Begonia grandis evansiana
Stock Number: 56052
(tuberous) The "Hardy Begonia" survives sub-zero with mulch; short succulent upright canes with olive leaves red-accented, & with clouds of pink flowers early fall; this slug resistent novelty also performs well in containers. Remember that this drops all foliage early fall and remains dormant throughout the winter...
$4.00
Begonia Grey Feather [hyb]
Stock Number: 56054
(s) Wavy gray-green arrow leaves veined silver-gray; a favorite for pots or for very large dramatic baskets, as the rangy stalks ornately topple from the sheer foliar weight. Quite distinctive habit and unique glabrous toned color.
$5.75
Begonia Gypsy Maiden [hyb]
Stock Number: 57013
(tuberous, thick stalked) Beautiful wide habit: after a brief fall rest the upright thick knobby trunks present dramaic starburst leaves of a unique pewter green with dark veins and many silver dots; a Bill Voss hybrid (with taiwaniana?) astoundingly easy to grow, as gradually forms a semi-tuberous (nearly caudiform) b...
$10.00
Begonia hatachroa rubro-venia [Species Form]
Stock Number: 56885
(shrub/caudex) Lovely small statured "Spotted Himalayan Begonia" with short stems displaying silvery lime leaves with polka dots; white demure blossoms. May rest if summer heat is severe.
$6.25
Begonia hatacoa Silver [hyb]
Stock Number: 56055
(shrub/caudex) Short arched stems plumed with metallic silvery long tapered leaves, red beneath. Platinum beauty with demure white blossoms: The "Himalayan Silver Begonia." Easily grown in the windowsill garden, small enough for a large terrarium. Tends to favor a late fall rest if too dry (humiditywise) to too cool, b...
$8.00
Begonia Hawaiian Freakout [hyb]
Stock Number: 56056
(rex) Unique upright miniature with extremely monstrose, cupped leaves flecked with coral & silver; prefers a winter rest. Can be difficult unless grown in a terrarium or wardian case.
$10.00
Begonia Hillbilly Petticoat [hyb]
Stock Number: 56091
(rz) Hairy star-shaped leaves richly splattered with cabbage green & slashed with cider toned ochre to accent the richly undulating surface. A true performer; out of Ken Frieling's Hocking Series and thus a challenge to kill.
$6.50
Begonia hiro [hyb]
Stock Number: 56059
(rz / rex) Fabulous silvered Begonia crestibruchii mimic. This is available from time to time--always available unless yet another blog declares it the most fab of the rococo period. Fabulous platinum silver leaves trumpet erectly with flourishes of crested ruffles; best in cool conditions. If your summers are markedly...
$14.50
Begonia Hocking Black Adder [hyb]
Stock Number: 56204
(rz) Vigorous, impudent rhizomes thrust outward, bearing rounded dark heavy leaves with pale straw starburst veins to emphasize the deep damask surface; crimson mahogany toned underleaf; clusters of white flowers. Frieling hybrid of larger stature than 'Comedian.'.
$8.00
Begonia Hocking Bling [hyb]
Stock Number: 56880
(rz) Easily grown "Bling Star Begonia" Frieling hybrid with heracleifolia parent: bold decoratively haired petioles arching out from the heavy rhizomes to present showy star-shaped leaves of dark mustard green richly designed with sheen of cocoa mahogany patterns.
$4.25
Begonia Hocking Bugaboo [hyb]
Stock Number: 56408
(scandent cane) Very unusual creature selected by Tom Winn from a cross of 'Reece's Orange" and 'Splotches'--low arched yet supple stems ranked with brightly speckled angel wing leaves; clusters of shy to bloom pink-orange flowers. Unique.
$4.75
Begonia Hocking David [hyb]
Stock Number: 45674
(rhizomatous) "David's Begonia" Bold hairy petioles joust big heavily textured basil green leaves with shimmery surface and showy stary spokes (along veins) with random overlay of maroon heiroglyphs. Named for David Morris. Brassy and bold.
$5.50
Out of Stock
Begonia Hocking Flamenco [hyb]
Stock Number: 56882
(rhizomatous) Very compact mound of tightly double whirlpooled leaves dramatically designed with an olive green base slashed with deep mahogany margins; rich red mascara tones garnishing the glossy underleaf are revealed by the ever upward gyring foliage. Frieling hybrid with 'Ken's Kandy' as the seed parent.
$8.00
Begonia Hocking Flourish [hyb]
Stock Number: 56437
(upright rhizomatous) Frieling hybrid flaunting rich lime green erectly furled leaves held aloft by red stems accented with red veins to give a very Art Noveau effect. Unique appearance heightened if grown in a cobalt blue bonsai pot. This is the one show judges love--arguably athe ikbal of the Hocking series.
$6.00
Begonia Hocking grisaille [hyb]
Stock Number: 56258
(rhizomatous) Impressive shimmery solid bronze-green star leaves. Thick surface rhizomes with tall stalks displaying large clusters of B. theimei's lime flowers; glossy leaves reveal B. hidalgensis (dayii) seed parent blood. Specimen Frieling hybrid typically in short supply; so best to check availability before orderi...
$4.25
Out of Stock
Begonia Hocking Hieroglyph
Stock Number: 56487
(rhizomatous) Tightly whorled leaves, ending in sharp edges, richly patterned in umber & cinnamon. Frieling hybrid.
$6.25
Begonia Hocking Hustler [hyb]
Stock Number: 56496
(upright rhizomatous) Strong stems hold dramatic leaves, unfurling from small parsley green cups into wide heavily veined leaves dramatically fringed with a frothy edge; reaches a third of the size of parent 'Crestabruchii.' (And the ONLY seedling Frieling has managed to grow from this parent.) if you love the fabulous...
$6.50
Begonia Hocking Inner Light [hyb]
Stock Number: 56879
(rhizomatous) Burnished mahogany cutedged leaves with dark veins illuminated by the glowing amber to blondish lime highlights; excellent compact habit; recent Frieling hybrid.
$5.25
Out of Stock
Begonia Hocking Razzmatazz [hyb]
Stock Number: 56411
(rhizomatous) Very compact mound of tightly held small whirlpooled leaves of rich bright green patterned mahogany-violet; the furled foliage reveals the purpled underleaves. Frieling hybrid of 'Hocking Coquette' x 'Roulette' which can be in short supply.
$7.25
Begonia Hocking Scorcerer
Stock Number: 56514
Heavily clumping bright toned eyelash with starburst leaves outline rouged reddish umber and centered with a pale accent eye.  Alwasy under a foot tall with shell pink blossoms, late winter.
$5.50
Out of Stock
Begonia Hocking Shockwave [hyb]
Stock Number: 56498
(rhizomatous) A dramatic Frieling hybrid: heavy rhizomes support showy hairy petioles holding aloft big chocolate castor bean leaves with their dramatic star like pointed lobes (of B. heracleifolia parent pollen) edged & freckled bold army green. Major pink fls in January. A very distinct appearance; strong undeman...
$5.50
Out of Stock
Begonia Hocking Tattoo [hyb]
Stock Number: 56515
(rhizomatous) Incised leaves of violent lime richly freckled with pine green and dusky mahogany. Frieling hybrid.
$6.00
Begonia Hocking trocadero
Stock Number: 56307
(rhizomatous) Heavily textured leaves, cinnamon with apple green highlights, has durability of 'Lopse' parent; pale pink flowers. Frieling hybrid at Glasshouse Works--has become a mainstay in collections.  Colorful thick textured leaves in a compact habit; tolerant of lower humidity than most of its kin.
$5.50
Begonia Hocking Tutu Terror [hyb]
Stock Number: 56729
(rhizomatous) Dramatic upright furled deep chocolate leaves forming red backed trumpets with erect tipped accordion pleats with pale green veins. Very decidedly vertical and thus most dramatic. Winter clusters of giant white blossoms add distinction to this Frieling creation.
$5.75
Begonia Hocking Velvet [hort]
Stock Number: 56702
(rhizomatous) Heavy substanced deep burbon bronzed starburst leaves with dark shimmery surfaces accented with deep carmine reverses. Many white winter flowers fading to shell pink. A Frieling hybrid which seems to be appearing under various velvet names!
$7.25
Begonia Hocking Wink
Stock Number: 56710
(rhizomatous) Endearingly pelted (haired) small spiraled leaves of dark mahogany green with pale honeydew toned radiating veins; compact habit with stems bending under clusters of soft pink winter blossoms. Ken Frieling hybird from 'Hocking Shockwave.'
$6.75
Out of Stock
Begonia Honeysuckle [hyb]
Stock Number: 56478
(cane) Impressive clusters of fragrant salmon-pink dangling blossoms; elegant long angel wing leaves angle out on the stout erect cane stems. Achieves impressive dimensions in time. We do not make claims about the scent, believing that subtle scents reside in the nose of the beholder, not the vendor.  Certainly on...
$5.75
Begonia Immense [hyb]
Stock Number: 56023
(rhizomatous) Giant basil green leaves in a heracleifolia outline outthrust on haired petioles anchored on thick surface rhizomes. Not for the timid.
$10.00
Begonia Imperialis
Stock Number: 56061
(trailing) "Carpet Begonia." Procumbent stems hold pebbly bronze and silver-streaked leaves; prefers filtered light, cool location to bring out amber tones and a terrarium home to keep the atmosphere stable.  White winter blooming Mexican classic species--this horticultural selection seems more heat tolerant than ...
$6.00
Begonia Intrepid [hyb] [hort]
Stock Number: 56292
)tuberous; thick stemmed) Erect maroon stalks rise from a slowly developing somewhat bulbous base (much larger than the similarly structured 'Little Brother Montgomery') which must not be covered, to support large showy deeply lobed leaves splashed with pewter. Easy: the name reflects its strength although this cultiva...
$4.50
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