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: 11408
Available for shipping in May. We have nice sized plants available now. Decorative "Japanese Birdsnest Fern" form with elegant slim fronds with wavy ruffled margins, forming bowl-shaped specimens thriving in high-light areas, tolerating low humidity. Gives a Shirly Temple tone to your ferns.
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Stock Number: 58405
Vigorously cascading "Margined Ganges Primrose" with pale lilac flowers revealing pale mother of pearl throats are perfectly poised over the lacy appearing lance leaf foliage mounds with each leaf brightly margined yellow ivory. Ganges valley native perfect in window combinations; equally popular as a bright eyecatcher...
Stock Number: 40060
Beautiful waxy leaves dappled gold in opposite pairs lining the woody upright stems. Considered zone 8 winter hardy.
Stock Number: 20132
The infamous "Neem Tree" from India with bright green pinnate foliage on corky upright woody trunks. It eventually produces white flowers followed by yellow fruits.
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Stock Number: 41530
The full sized tropical "Golden Culm Bamboo" Striking yellow stems with some green striping, leaves occasionally striped as well; 35' potential, so site carefully in your conservatory or greenhouse. Many things are offered as this; but this is the real thing. Typically we send well rooted culms--if you wish to receive ...
Stock Number: 41942
"Ayahuasca" to Indian tribes of the western Amazon region who use its narcotic alkaloids; a strong liana with soft green pairs of leaves; tiny pink flowers--This requires a warm humid greenhouse to successfully grow. "Vine of the Souls" with complex betacarbolines. This often sells out so please INQUIRE about availabil...
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Stock Number: 58448
A rounded mound of upright arched stems cloaked with dark glossy leaves with modest blossom clusters emerging from each leaf node; each cute blossom a bubble gum pink. Probably a hybrid of the African B. obtusa. This is the easiest Barleria to bloom--we have even observed some reblooming incidents.
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Stock Number: 49461
Out arching slim stems cascade under the weight of the soft petite leaves; terminal clusters of lovely violet blossoms fading to old rose magenta. This South African reaches a peak of bloom in late fall; the habit is far more lateral than most of the Barlerias we offer.
Stock Number: 88902
This Eleocharis cousin forms tight exclamation point clumps of absolutely erect cylindrical blades with lemon stripes. Needs strong light and wet feet. An architectural New Zealand native, Zones 7-8
Stock Number: 56001
(Rhizomatous) Velvet cupped leaves tomato red beneath; thus this Brazilian is known as the "Ruby Begonia." Texture is wonderful on this handsome plant--because it is so succulent, it tolerates much lower humidity than most, even flourishing in outdoor summer containers. While traditionally a pot subject indoors, try gr...
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Stock Number: 56399
(Shrub like) Delicate canes dressed with glossy silver-spotted leaves and greenish white flowers in profuse dangling clusters; freely branching habit. This "Trout Begonia" remains one valued for its consistently small foliaged delicate appearance despite its easy-to-grow culture.
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Stock Number: 56917
(rex) Shimmery, glossy silver/pewter leaf surface decorated with a pink blushed color toned heart repeated on the lobed margins and highlighted by violet toned veins. Needs reliable levels of humidity at all times. Expect this to be at least semi-dormant mid summer and mid winter, but foliage will soon reappear.
Stock Number: 56279
(Rhizomatous) Beautiful thickly clumped habit of deeply colored ornately whirlpooled leaves toned red--in bright light the coloration seems more smolderingly demonic than angelic to us. Bronzy pink tones make this a very distinct hybrid. Always in demand for its totally eye-candy appeal.
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Stock Number: 56786
(upright rhizomatous) Fabulously unique: thick rope rhizomes arch out under the showy lobed leaves with dramatically silver splashed midribs--giving a stained glass window effect when viewed from below. Not for the faint of heart. Certainly one of the easiest, yet quite dramatically colored, to grow as a housepla...
Stock Number: 56467
(thick stemmed/scandent] Martin Johnson hybrid with very wide fabuous pebbled leaves with pale branching veins and fine reddish hairs; unusually beautiful & unique sometimes incorrectly seen as 'Antholes.' A spectacular specimen in the conservatory, yet quite a remarkable addition to a shady summer windowbox or urn...
Stock Number: 56734
(cane) Lime green leaves richly strewn with silver dots with a milky glaucous green reverse. Showy clusters of dangling pearl white blossoms at height midwinter once the clump has established. Requires considerable patience to grow this to blooming size.
Stock Number: 57016
(rhizomatous) Major stature; serious presence. Deeply cut dramatic deep green leaves of heavy substance turning mahogany in sun are held aloft to reveal their red violet toned reverse. Winter flowers.
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Stock Number: 56340
(rz) Vigorous pot plant with dusky dark green and mahogany clefted leaves with central avacado starsplash and rose with magenta underleaf. Profuse shell pink winter flowered hybrid of Begonia bowerae x heracleifolia sunderbruchii--and the latter is supposedly a hybrid of ricinifolia with heracleifolia!. In the proven h...
Stock Number: 56731
( upright rhizomatous) Available now for the collector of large plants, Begonia Big Mac!! Impressive deep glossy green deeply fingered foliage supported by a thick massive rhizome. Considered massive enough to be engaged as a "Landscape Begonia" in the tropics, similar to its bruiser parent "U 1369." Looks like a stero...
Stock Number: 56914
(rhizomatous) Small statured. Crinkly spirals of dark sheen with brilliant white eye; forming a tight, neat tuffet of busy foliage. Much darker than 'Hocking Bravura' with more fingered margins. A thickly foliaged candidate for your "Black Garden." Popular in Wardian Cases.
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Stock Number: 56272
(rhizomatous) Blanton hybrid with dark oval leathery leaves highlighted by a red central omphalodium or "eye" and slim red rims; pink blossoms in large open custers in winter. This wonderful basic hybrid is extremely tolerant of low humidity, this "Bull's Eye" is much easier to grow than the similarly colored, but smal...
Stock Number: 99686
A group including "Angelwing" hybrids. This collection can include both small and larger leaved varieties. 5 plants
Stock Number: 56017
(shrub-like) Stout stems support richly pelted succulent leaves with a lovely pale ochre central design. Needs perfect drainge and good air movement to become the fab creature in the photos. As with most felt leaf Begonias, this is a successful window sill subject houseplant.
Stock Number: 56341
(cane) Very dark leaves with deep scarlet maroon reverse with very rich pink blossom clusters on out reaching initially somewhat short cane stems. Always requires considerable patience getting this mature enough to bloom.
Stock Number: 56018
(rhizomatous) "Stained Glass Begonia." Ruffled, cupped bronzy leaves with large "windows" (technically "Ectopic growths") of translucent ochre; fantastic yet vigorous growing heirloom hybrid--especially effective grown in a small hanging baskets so one can easily look through the nearly impossibly transparent windows e...
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Stock Number: 56707
(rhizomatous with rex foliage) Small saturated easily grown clumping mound of beautifully marbled mahogany black leaves with pecan tones, highlighted with bright pewter brushings amplified by the dramatic cherry red underleaves. Amazingly vigorous and undemanding.
Stock Number: 56375
(shrub) Large upright plant with shiny grape-shaped applegreen foliage. Unusual yet handsome specimen with winter sprays of showy antique white flowers held on red-haired stems. The stout erect canes can reach several feet if roots are free to run. Nearly impossible to kill.
Stock Number: 56021
(rhizomatous) Profusion of nile-green maple leaves marked with maroon; sprays of midwinter shelltoned blossoms; while certainly not a showstopper (no Elizabeth Taylor), still an old reliable standby ready to ride any barge rowing by. We realize that numerous distinct plants are sold under this name--ours originated wit...
Stock Number: 99004
An introduction to the range of habits--such as rhizomatous, shrub, rex, and cascades. Five established reliable species & hybrids. Let us know if these are for a hobby greenhouse, windowsill, litegardening, baskets, and so on to guide our selection for your environment.
Stock Number: 56024
(trailing/scandant) The "Grape Leaf Begonia" with big glossy sharply lobed leaves shingling the scandent stems; enormous pendant flower heads in late winter are most impressive. Easy. Unmatched for a substantial hanging basket statement. Given support (does not need encouragement) this clean cut beauty can easily cover...