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.
Product Code: 59399
Very broad golden yellow leaves of heavy substance on strong stems which reliably self-branch. Good choice for a yellow gold bedder, especially as the leaves seldom discolor as do many yellow types we have trialed over the years. We thank Peter Kopp for this one.
Product Code: 49448
Small crennate leaves of rich rose with highlights of violet and chocolate with flecks of lime--very very Victorian hues. Forms a tidy rounded habit. The basil spotted leaves are held quite horizontally in precise fussy ranks--"Terribly Tidy." One of those always reordered each year.
Product Code: 53171
Always an eyecatcher: very bright basil green with white centered leaves splashed maroon and violet. Excellent self branching upright habit makes this vigorous popular Ken Frieling hybrid a natural for mixed containers as well as a bedding favorite.
Product Code: 53187
Upright rose blushed stems support thickly substanced leaves of rich mintgreen with yellow centers veined violet, but earning its name with the elaborately flounced margins with their maroon mascara edges. Recent Frieling hybrid much larger statured than the similarly colored 'Dappled Dawn.'.
Product Code: 42143
Marvelous compact mounds of tiny lacinate fingered ochre leaves with elaborate pink and purple designs--intricate, very delicate effect; a perfect very low carpeter popular in any bed or window pot adding a hot Mexican color palette. Original brought to us by H. Hansoti from Calcutta in the mid-seventies, thus the name...
Product Code: 66723
Much branched wide habit with amber & olive 'Duckfoot' type fingered wide leaves with central blood red & purple figuring. Wonderful in a giant basket or stiftly tumbling from an urn or windowbox. Considerably more tolerant of early fall chill than the bulk of its kith.
Product Code: 42240
Amazingly enormous leaves colored in transmutations of pink & violet tones edged with ochers on a ground base of burgundy mahagony, on strong erect square stems: perfect for a very showy standard. Showy violet blue flpwers mid-winter. This Tony Falco find (at the Japanese exhibit at the 1984 New York Flower Show) c...
Product Code: 66838
A rich black maroon Lohman creation with more compact & far deeper 3-d ruffles than 'Othello.' Showy spires of violet flowers early winter for a windowsill show. Extremely popular over-the-top fastigate hybrid. Quite a remarkable presence.
Product Code: 66813
Perfect for training as a standard at a funeral home: The strong erect blackish stems are cloaked with closely held heavy spruce green leaves with a dark pecan to burgundy stain sinking into the deep veins. Very vigorous Frieling hybrid originally so trendy, now merely reliable.
Product Code: 49473
Wide crennate hyroponic green foliage (think sea green) with slashings of licorice purple, carmine, cream and lime tip the wide crennate edge; forms a short, wide profile in the bed or container--giving a bluish cast from a distance (especially if you squint and stand on your head)..
Product Code: 55630
Dark purpled leaves with umber tones strewn with lemon gold starry dots. Low statured, small featured enough for small containers. Also popular as a winter greenhouse foliage star.
Product Code: 42330
Unique foliage: triangular leaves with wide scallops are solid pale copper-olive veined magenta from the center; perfect complement to all other colors. A Vern Ogren hybrid making a perfect foil for hotter colors in your collection, as well as self-branching into a low wide pyramid attractive in any urn or windowbox wh...
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Product Code: 43143
A very dark chocolate toned sport of 'Perilla Magilla' with the same habit and vigor of the original. Anyone suspect a Chris Baker name here? New for 2013.
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Product Code: 55599
Frieling hybrid with large metalic bronzy gold leaves with faint magenta veins which echo the rose magenta underleaf; strong statured for topiary. Seems to have become the standard choice of designers needing a reliable strong splash of golden ochre with a buttery saturation in full sun.
Product Code: 41092
Traditional cultivar for standards: heavily textured lime- gold leaves with deep maroon petioles; seldom blooms. Easy.
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Product Code: 53726
Golden lime leaves with pale flame on purple stems widely arching. Easy culture. Very dramatic
Product Code: 43125
Wide chocolate umber leaves fading to rich olive edges with dramatic wide central bright pink flame which shades into pale lilac in fall temps. Frieling hybrid with wide habit & strong substance. New for 2013.
Product Code: 41096
Compact dwarf globes of tiny purple short-lobed web-foot leaves tightly overlapping on self-heading stems; non-blooming mini excellent for light gardening or outdoor bedding edger. Called "Mars Coleus" on East Coast, this is a perfect addition to any urn, windowbox, or patio container (some customers spot it among thei...
Product Code: 55634
Crimson red leaves bordered with bright yellow ochre. Most dramatic contrast in any border. More cranberry red (in full sun) than 'Defiance,' which we no longer propagate (for tends to split as ages); 'Red Coat' one of the basics used by many public display gardens for a carpet of carmine.
Product Code: 59184
Lovely compact form with small yellow lime leaves, with deeply scalloped edges & cheerful straw toned flamed centers. Perfect splash of cascading gold foliage for your urn or windowbox designs. Always popular as a bright compation and contrast to the other trailers.
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Product Code: 69048
Purple eggplant black central heart, with livid magenta flame dramaticly accent the key lime green leaf margins typically highlighted with straw yellow sprinkles. From Jerry Stewart. More modest growth habit than the other sometimes rangy rehneltianus cultivars with an outstanding clarity and purity of color saturation...
Product Code: 41098
This "Trailing Coleus" selection has dark purple-brown leaves edged zoned red & green. Traditional hanging basket plant, equally dramatic and reliable cascading from urns and windowboxes.
Product Code: 66828
Marvelous new selection by Doug Litchfield w/ wide trailing stems cloaked with petite purple leaves edged electric violet & flamed with rich rose. Excellent habit and an irridescent hue not observed in any other Coleus. Reportedly the most popular Coleus in the Asian market.
Product Code: 55659
Very petite cascading selection: small bright yellow leaves with scalloped ochre edges & speckling w/ bright rose & violet central flames bleeding out into a veined mosaic--very delicate design on a vigorous cultivar. Sport long maintained by Florence Sunn who shared it with us--and who deserves a thanks from a...
Product Code: 66947
Heavily substanced small heart leaves of livid olive quite dramatically centered chocolate maroon, veined pink. Very modest size with horizontal branching--A selection from Glasshouse Works.
Product Code: 58330
A Baker's Acres production number. Very multibranched laterally oriented character with pairs of small leaves of multiple tones accented by clear pink centers. More compact than most of the tribe. Happiest when it is grown inside a rubber tire planter.
Product Code: 41097
"Victorian Basket Coleus' Square, widely cascading stems clothed in small leaves zoned emerald, brownish-purple, then pink at the heart. Violet lipped fls. Traditional heirloom considered by some to be very close to the original species form--the one your grandmother grew all winter in a mason jar filled with water on ...
Product Code: 55581
Downer's selection of a 'Trailing Queen' sport with very broad central pink & tanned violet zones, with the emerald chocolate edge. Strongest color contrast of this group, but the most difficult to grow outside a greenhouse without adequate humidity and regular waterings.
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Product Code: 32507
Rich reds overlaid with maroon-chocolates radiating from the center; probably an old heirloom selection as has the colors of 'Crazy Quilt' & is used extensively in Canadian bedding (yes: tolerates the first fall chills rather well). Absolute favorite of many of our customers as the clone we have selected and resele...
Product Code: 51761
Fabulous. Slim upright eggplant purple stems cloaked with furled fantastic small purplish umber and damask violet leaves highlighted with a burning glow of orange sienna, fading to chili reds and sultry carmine. Frieling's lucky cross of 'Dragon's Claw' x 'Noonday Moon' resulted in what several garden clubs decided mus...