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: 53397
Open rosette of quite long armed ribbon leaves of thick leathery texture of rose hued green dramatically bordered a ruby red, turning purplish in full sun. Unusual habit. Needs full sun to maintain remarkable coloration. A disinclination to easily offset results in a elevated price.
Product Code: 52075
Flat rosettes of marbled zoned stiff overlapping leaves with coppery sheen. The zebra bands are set off by a rose toned margin.
Product Code: 52079
The reverse of the famous Cryptanthus 'Ti,' with rose-toned cream & orange stripes on the edge of each glossy leaf. Bright pink sometimes fades to white after time. One of the most beautifully color striped larger statured hybrid "Starflower" plants. Much larger statured than the similarly colored 'Pink Starlite.' ...
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Product Code: 52086
The reverse of the famous Cryptanthus 'It,' with rose-toned cream & orange stripes in the center of the glossy leathery leaf rather than the white to pink edge. One of the most beautifully toned big boned hybrids of easy culture.
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Product Code: 52315
Leaves of rich sage green with very showy bright pink stripes in compact congested rosettes--unique and beautiful--which slowly but steadily form perfect hemispheres of color in the terrarium. Grows too slowly to compete with others; so locate carefully. Collectors agree that this is indeed the most stunningly beautifu...
Product Code: 52081
"Cloud Plant" Lovely dwarf statured species with masses of hazy-pink blushed slim leaves in quite flat profiled rosettes gradually offsetting from the center after blooming; a natural for the small terrarium. This has quickly become a basic in Fairy Garden designs. Avoid deep pots as the roots remain quite shallow.
Product Code: 52082
Very wide golden-green leaves flecked with silver crystal forming a wide low rosette. Easy as a windowsill plant, magnificent as a basal plant in a large terrarium where it will produce lovely white "hidden" flowers.
Product Code: 53374
Wide dramatic big starry rosettes evenly frosted silvery gray (one might even suggest this to be a feuillemorte tone!)--developing a scrufty surface in high light and good exposure. Requires far less food than most geese.
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Product Code: 52087
Very compact species with cardboardish leaf edges quite ruffled; eventually forms mounding tuffets.
Product Code: 52093
Erect rosette with coppery leathery leaves mottled, gray-green reverse; greenish flowers. Cryptanthus beuckeri x Billbergia nutans. An heirloom bromel still sought after for its modest size, good habit and quite unusual colorations. Easy very attractive houseplant tolerating less than perfect levels of humidity. Updati...
Product Code: 52092
Beautiful pot plant of dark maroon-red laquered curved leaves tightly overlapping to form fountains of moderate size, backed with silver tones. Hybrid of Cryptanthus bahianus x Bilbergia nutans. Recommended. Low growing heirloom bromel always reliable as an easily grown houseplant, quite happy on any windowsill. A grea...
Product Code: 54342
Fanned clusters of large rigidly oblong leaves, each most dramatically splashed in creamy lime, angled on stiff geometric stalks. Formerly offered as C. glabra 'Giant Splashed'--this can reach considerable dimensions in time.
Product Code: 42105
"Mexican Loosestrife" Slender arched stems, ranked w/ slim leaves, topped with petite lilac and green tubular blossoms with deep purple petals opposite four wider rosetoned petals. Height of bloom mid-winter. Easily grown also as a semi-aquatic. More a curiosity (and potential genetic pool for hybridizers) than an impo...
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Product Code: 41927
Marvelous step upward from the traditional "Firecracker Plant" (C. ignea/platycentra) with bright red tubular flowers on dark foliaged vigorous plants which translates as the ultimate Hummingbird favorite in our gardens here. This high performer is the best choice for urns, containers, and large baskets (especially if ...
Product Code: 40169
"Hawaiian Heather" everblooming lavender flowers on an upright outcurved compact bush. Good for large terrariums, dish gardens and small windowsills. As the nursery trade basically grows only the 'Yatabusa' selection, this old favorite has basically disappeared from the general market.
Product Code: 41376
Compact laterally-branching cultivar of "Dwarf Hawaiian Heather" selected at Downer's Greenhouses here in Ohio with sprays of pure white flowers; the perfect companion for the purple flowered cultivars. Good flowering indoor bonsai subject and quite popular in summertime urns. Still a favorite for the larger terrarium ...
Product Code: 41333
A delicate color selection of the reliable "Hawaiian Heather" (a native of Guatemala, naturally) with very pale lilac ever blooming flowers on arched stems. A random seedling originally found in our greenhouses here, and still in great demand.
Product Code: 42209
Foliage larger, lilac flowered color more intense than the more elegant 'Compacta', yet keeps lateral low growth habit. As this more laterally angled woody stemed selection grows rapidly, it will always appeal to bonsai designers.
Product Code: 42349
Mexican "Cigar Flower" Modest bushy shrublet, easliy pruned to any desired size, producing many dark red tubular flowers with dark band and white rim at the tip. Always the favorite of kids. The lower more lateral growth habit (unlike the thriller 'David Verity') dictate this a spiller in container combos.
Product Code: 54371
Dark glossy foliage on strong limber stems (habit closer to Cuphea aequipetala) display multitudes of white-orange tubular flowers with fringed spidery tips only when this receives the full sun and warm root zone temps it prefers. Mexican (some say Caribbean) shrub eventually forming a woody base with time. This is a m...
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Product Code: 50514
"Pussy Ears" Succulent creeper with triangular curved, glossy green leaves with soft white hairs creating a "fringe"; flowers said to be purple & orange--although after growing this twenty years, we have yet to observe any. Excellent for small baskets; perfect groundcover in succulent dish gardens (especially Fairy...
Product Code: 56531
Seedlings of the justly famous "Sago Palm" with thick trunks supporting a crown of deep glossy green leathery deeply fingered palm like leaves; an excellent houseplant which will become ever more magnificent as your great great grandchildren inherit it.
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Product Code: 49458
Glossy leaves on shrubby vines (like a stubby Allamanda) with terminal clusters of showy cupped trumpet blossoms a richly toned lilac. Central American typically blooming here in November given good light and constant warmth. As the popularity of this curiosity seems to veer into extreme cycles, we can be caught with f...
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Product Code: 40990
Very miniature form of "Kenilworth Ivy" with tiny scalloped (three-lobed) leaves creating a dense carpet under a half inch high; called "Toad Flax" in Europe. Half-hardy in Ohio if given a limestone or concrete wall to hang on to. Yes, it is totally cute.
Product Code: 51741
Totally fab: a very tightly mounding "Kennilworth Ivy" with multitutes of tinsy scalloped kidney shaped leaves, creating a busy underfroth for the miriad tinsy purple blushed and splotched white "snap" blossoms. Needs full sun and a sweet soil to flourish. A modest heriloom as popular now as it was in Victorian times.
Product Code: 40176
Beautiful creamy striations on tufted blades; outstanding. Performs best sitting in (not submerged under) water--altho also successfully grown as a non-aquatic in moist soil. Remember always: this beauty will not flourish (or even persist indefinitely) if the crown is submerged.
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Product Code: 40175
"Dwarf Umbrella Plant" Broad matt-green umbrellas with very short stems; do not submerge--loves to be set in a saucer of water, but does not perform well if the soil surface is submerged. Habit is broader and much shorter; cultural conditions are different from the other "Umbrellas."
Product Code: 40179
"Variegated Umbrella" Broad white bands on stalks & blades. Quite spectacular. This is the recommended umbrella plant for house culture. Can be used aquatically or as a standard house plant. If grown as a regular houseplant, just place a saucer under the plant so that it can be kept very moist.
Product Code: 51039
Shared by Warren Stoutemier. Habranthus-like foliage is topped with clear pinkish red tubular flowers with six fused petals. Prolific bloomer. Some consider this a form of Vallota speciosa.
Product Code: 10240
"Clean Holly Fern." Sharply outlined holly shaped pinnae are closely layered on the short curved fronds' distinctive verdant green dull sheen also distinguishes this beautiful species native from Sri Lanka to Japan. Good container plant. Certainly a subtropical garden worthy fern in the South as will tolerate considera...
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