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: 71174
"Green China Rose" double green flowers actually more a case of multiple sepals? More bizarre than lovely and thus a must for serious collectors of blossoms virid. Good performer in the winter conservatory where it will produce winter blossoms. (And actually winter hardy outdoors at least as far north as Z6.)
Product Code: 50059
"Red Christmas Pride" Erect somewhat woody stems support attractive foliage with purple blushed underleaf; scarlet pouch flowers reach their blooming peak midwinter. Extremely vigorous and as popular now as in Victorian times when it filled that pre-poinsettia era with red blossoms at Christmas.
Product Code: 57504
Stiff slim leaves rank the dark erect stems topped with showy bright pink blossoms; does well as bog plant, thus the "Pink Kathy Water Ruellia"--or grow in your outdoor summer beds as a pink flowered "Texas Petunia" and it will perform and perform and perform.
Product Code: 52991
A vigorous heavily-bloomed very dwarf selection of the woody Mexican shrublet with tidy linear leaves & long showy lavender tubular flowers maturing to a brilliant deep purple; Lynn Lowery's selection is sometimes offered as 'Katie's Dwarf.' Does as well as an aquatic as it does as a regular container or bedding su...
Product Code: 50060
"Lobster Claw" from the Amazon basin producing spikes of brilliant scarlet bracts coloring just in time for Christmas and staying bright carmine several months--pretty tubular blossoms emerge, then disappear from these long lasting showy bracts. This showy inflorescence tops each stem of this stout branched shrub of ea...
Product Code: 50098
Nearly prostrate stems with pairs of elongated dark toned leaves beautifully decorated with dusky pewter vein designs fading to soft lime tones. Tiny flowers of white and lilac. Best considered a terrarium subject. Nomenclature is very uncertain.
Product Code: 55570
Softly mounding "Mexican Petunia" now used as a groundcover throughout the tropics, readily producing many upward facing rosy purple "Christmas Pride" blossoms on the downy foliage.Much used by "Tropicals Outdoors" designers for summer boxes and urns for its ability to quickly fill in gaps and vigorously cascade over t...
Product Code: 50061
"Monkey Plant." Purplish mauve slightly pendant flowers bloom freely on scandent handsome leaved low shrub native to Brazil. Soft dark velvet leaves with vibrant silver veins ensure the continuing popularity of this beautiful "Trailing Velvet Plant."
Product Code: 40902
"Butcher's Broom" erect stems with spiky leathery cladophylls (leaf-like branchlet) bearing riny green flowers, then reddish berries; dark green botanical curiosity used in wreaths. Also used as a medicinal herb: for a laxitive, for gout, and for hypertension control. The leathery cladophylls are much shorter and a muc...
Product Code: 40903
"Butchers Broom" Erect stems taller than R. aculeatus ,with the leathery cladophylls (the leaf like branchlet bearing the reduced leaves and fls in their centers) larger and paler than those of R. aculeatus. Handsome. Reputed winter hardy to zone 7; although we doubt this--but this does suggest that this handsome clump...
Product Code: 40904
"Coral Fountain Plant" Gracefully arching fine rush-like glossy stems bear many yellow to scarlet red tubular flowers--a living "Firecracker Factory" in constant bloom with bright light. This has nearly endless uses in garden and container designs.
Product Code: 42234
A collection by Dufresne with felted deltoid-shaped leaves in pert pairs on slim woody angular stems and nearly everblooming shell pink flowers with wide flared lower lip of salmon-coral. "Hidalgo Little-leaf Sage"
Product Code: 50111
Wonderful dwarf form (compartively speaking) of this popular gold-patterned much branching showstopping plant. Red reduced bracts with yellow flowers in terminal spikes. The better choice of the Sanchezia for outside container performance as well as houseplant adaptability; the following "Golden Zebra" is far more dram...
Product Code: 58453
This is a stunning cultivar of an already dramatic species. Wide creamy lemon leaves display a central patchwork of pale mossy green and platinum green, all framed with maroon rims and rose plushed petioles. Quite special although rather sensitive to chill; thus, we can only ship this after nightime temperatures are mi...
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Product Code: 50065
Handsome glossy leaves with striking wide lemon veins outlined in mustard always making a major visual statement. Later these strong stalks terminate with nodding spikes of showy red bract from which emerge tubular yellow blossoms like a shrimp plant on steroids! This striking Ecuadoran species form from the former col...
Product Code: 51900
Fabulous "Purple Netted Pitcher Plant" with elegant pink capped hollow "Hunter's Horn" upright "leaves" of pink and green fantastically netted reddish purple with especially brilliant pink and red contrasts on the ruffled big hoods. Adds considerable drama to any bog; easily grown in a container if kept constantly sogg...
Product Code: 51916
Way cool upright "Pitcher Plant" tubular leaves in impressive tight clusters to 16" with maturity; the highly ruffled hood over the pitcher is nearly parchment white with richly contrasting mosiac veins of red. A bog plant easily grown in a container.
We have a batch currently in propagation-should be read...
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Product Code: 42902
Great colorful Scarlet and Green picture plant with elongated tubular leaves in impressive tight clusters to 15" with maturity; the highly ruffled hood over the pitcher is nearly parchment white with richly contrasting mosiac veins of red. A bog plant easily grown in a container.
Product Code: 40911
"Mini-strawberry Geranium" White-veined crenulate small leaves in tight-clustered rosettes soon forming miniature colonies perfect to carpet the base of a leggy plant or anchor other showier plants in your terrarium.
Product Code: 58310
Wide low rosettes of gray green thick leaves with silvery veins and rosy ruby blush beneath. Lovely carpeting subject (even surviving outdoors in some of our milder winters).
Product Code: 40913
"Golden Magic Carpet" Round, toothed leaves either solid golden chartreuse or with green-flamed centers; very beautiful, tho less vigorous than the species. Stocks are low: please INQUIRE before ordering.
Product Code: 40915
"Magic Carpet" Wide gray and Ivory margins with pink tones & fine red edging on scalloped leaf edges; lovely in any terrarium and splendidly colored under lights--be sure your soil is sweet, be sure the temperatures are not too high. Can be a real challenge to grow in the heat of the South; but a lush grower in Van...
Product Code: 12912
"Strawberry Begonia" or "Creeping Sailor" Flat central rosette of silver-veined leaves, reddish beneath, sends out thread-like runners with new plantlets. Versatile plant although neither related botanically to strawberries nor to Begonias.
Product Code: 41474
"Baseball Blood Lily" Pale red 4" showy brush like flower heads, sometimes fading to tones of flesh pink; followed by scarlet berries; waxy leaves with reddish-maroon pseudostem. Now considered by some to be only a different collection of S. natalensis...even needing a dormant cycle in order to set buds for that very d...
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Product Code: 59403
Columnar habit with large leaves heavily variegated creamy yellow. Introduced by Kraft Gardens. the trunk/stem remains unusually slim. Do not confuse with the thicker bodied Arboricola crew (a variegated group of these are offered under the gensus Brassaia, which see.
Product Code: 40909
"Starleaf Plant" USDA distribution of scarce species with very slim leaflets in a "Starleaf" radiating wheel; usually listed as S. leucantha in Australia. Easy houseplant; popular for staked standards shaped at top.
Product Code: 50067
"Velvet Cloak Plant" Beautiful velvety rippled leaves, purple beneath, perched on elegant (eventually quite tall) woody stems; with time, expect modest purple flowers on the wand-like terminal spikes. Very showy although quite leggy if left on its own; so prune for the shape you desire or allow this exotic Acanthus to ...
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Product Code: 30542
A more robust clone than our original slow growing clone. Leathery wide lance leaves of glossy grey green, nearly obscured with bright aluminum grey. Best grown on a moss pole with the lovely visual result of shingled silvery pewter toned foliage in a glowing column. Very sensitive to chill; thus, we can only ship duri...
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Product Code: 30400
"Satin Pothos" Beautiful leathery matte-green shimmering leaves are brushed with sugary silver. Good houseplant, although a bit slow to start. Foliage leathery enough to survive variable humidity levels, thus remaining among our favorite indoor plants--but be sure this beauty is proctected from chill. Currently enjoyin...
Product Code: 42063
The Prostrate Vines stems are cloaked with shingled thick substanced leaves of matte green with silver highlights varying from velvery billiard green to nearly total silver depending on light, fertilizer and attitude!