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(Variegated Angel's Trumpet) Fragrant, peach-colored blooms in immense proportions emerge from some of the most broadly margined and brilliant foliage you've ever seen! The huge, tricolor leaves are dark green in the center, with narrow blotches of light grey-green toward the edge, surrounded by a 1" wide creamy white border. This tetraploid Brugmansia is awesome in containers. It blooms on very small plants, as well!
(Variegated Bear's Breeches) Found in Tasmania, this gem is the first variegated Acanthus! 'Tasmanian Angel' offers striking, bold leaves with white margins and mottling. It forms a large clump with 3' to 4' tall ornamental flower stalks of pink and cream in late summer. These flowers are SPECTACULAR!
This plant is tolerant of most soils, thriving in deep, fertile, moist, and well-drained conditions. We grow our stock for two years before sale, ensuring a root system that will ensure fast establishment and growth.
Note for Zone 9 and above gardeners: This plant grows best in the fall, winter and spring and slows to a semi-dormant state in the heat of the summer. Blooming here is almost year-round.
Please note: Nursery pots of this variety may lack variagation late in the growing season. These will reliabally grow into the variegated form the next season.
(Speckled Dwarf Pineapple Lily) The ‘freckles’ on this petite South African plant are the reddish-purple speckles on its long, lance-shaped, olive-green leaves. It flowers from summer to fall. Shaped somewhat like a pineapple with a top-knot of green leaves, the spikes of short, rose-red flowers rise from the center of the plant's fleshy foliage.
Speckled Dwarf Pineapple Lily is about 10 inches tall to 14 inches wide. It’s heat tolerant, easy to grow in USDA Zones 7 to 10 and a fascinating selection for a border or pathway edging. In cooler zones, you can grow it as a seasonal bedding plant.
Eucomis are fragrant, water-loving succulent bulbs. They do well in full sun or partial shade. Give them average to ample water and rich soil that drains well. Their leaves may wilt a bit during hot midday temperatures, but they plump up again by the following morning.
(Monet Moment Cardinal Flower) What a great, long-blooming perennial! The bright pink flowers of Lobelia 'Monet Moment' are plentiful and attract lots of buzz from butterflies and hummingbirds.
The unusually shaped tubular flowers of Monet Moment Cardinal Flower are slit nearly to their base to form two lips. The bottom lip has three lobes; the top has two. The flower spikes are tipped with tiny, mid-green leaves and rise up vertically out of a a clumping, basal rosette of foliage.
This rewarding American native grows quickly, is easy to cultivate and tolerates both heat and cold. Although it does fine with average watering, it loves moisture and thrives in damp spots including locations near ponds and bogs.
Although it enjoys full sun, Monet Moment still blooms like crazy when planted in partial shade. Try it in patio containers, borders and seasonal flowerbeds. It's especially ideal for woodland and native plant gardens.
The genus name Lobelia honors Flemish botanist Matthias de L'Obel (1538-1616) whose work focused on medicinal plants. Historically, some Lobelias have been used to treat asthma, baldness, depression, syphilis and withdrawal from smoking. Research continues about medical use of the genus. Please remember that no herbal substance should be consumed before consulting a physician.
(Chinese Yellow Banana) Found in the wild in the Yunnan Province of China, this plant is closely related to the more common (and tender) genus Ensete. The exceptional flower heads, which are featured all summer long, set it apart. Like something cast in glistening yellow porcelain, these are tucked into the broad, short, blue-green leaves where they look to me like surreal bird nests.
What a fab accent plant in a patio or entrance way! They like wet, rich soil and full sun. They act just like a herbaceous perennial, dieing to the ground in the winter and quickly regrowing when it warms. Container culture is possible in large pots. We use them in mixed borders, just for fun.
(Rococo Rosebud Geranium) This old German variety is a hybrid between a Zonal Geranium (Pleargonium x hortorum) and an Ivy Gernaium (P. pendulata). The rich pink flowers are very double and up to 2 1/2 inches across. The flower clusters can grow as large as a cantaloupe! This is a rare and highly desirable plant.
We find that this variety only does well in large containers, where it gracefully spills over the sides, or in the ground. It is relatively slow growing, and must get to a moderate size before the blooms reach their full potential.
As with all of our Pelargoniums, these are large, strong plants.
(Friendship Sage) Thank you Rolando Uria of the University of Buenos Aries for this very fine plant. Discovered in 2005 at a plant show in Argentina, this truly unique hybrid sage has generated a great deal of excitement in the Salvia world. We are happy to be able to offer this plant which we test grew in 2012 for sale in the Spring of 2013.
Growing to about four feet tall, this variety starts blooming when very small and never stops. Large rich royal purple flowers are highlighted dark bracts - all displayed on many-flowered inflorescence. The foliage is something like S. guarantica and something like S. mexicana, but it's true origins are unknown.
According to Rolando (pictured here at the Salvia Summit II in March 2013) this plant is replacing Salvia guarantica in the gardens of Buenos Aires. It resembles some of the purple Anise Scented Sages, but is an absolutely unique plant.
A true hummingbird magnet, use this fine plant as a specimen, in mass for bedding, in a container or in the perennial border. The true temperature hardiness of Amistad is still imperfectly understood, but the plant has handled 20 degree weather for us.
(Straight Spike Sage) Covered with whorls of crimson flowers, this long-blooming, perennial sage has erect form. It matures into a tall, wide plant that is ideal for massing as a screen or at back of border.
Salvia orthostachys has medium-long, mid-green leaves that are triangular to heart shaped and fuzzy on both sides. Hairiness helps sages to retain moisture so they can tolerate drought.
This is a heat-tolerant South American species that was first introduced to horticulture in the 1930s. It's only native to the mountains of Colombia, where it grows at elevations up to 8,500 feet and excels in rocky soils on roadsides and slopes.
Salvia orthostachys does well in USDA Zones with warmer winter temperatures if planted in full sun and rich, well-drained soil. Butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds love it.
(Giant Red Scarlet Sage) Looking to fill in large shady area? This may be your best bet. This variety is largest that we know of, growing to 6 feet - 7 feet - or even more in a sheltered shady spot.
Giant Red never stops blooming all season and is tough enough to grow in severe Texas heat, torrential Florida rainstorms and the humidity of the American Southeast.
Giant Red is a tender perennial that may return yearly to the warmest parts of its range, which encompasses USDA Zones 9 to 11. Aim for success by providing partial shade, rich soil and ample water for this Brazilian native. This variety is more tolerant than most because of its great vigor. A combination of morning sun and afternoon shade works well, but it can also flourish in full shade.
Grow this dramatic variety in a container or mass it for a spectacular color statement. We highly recommend it and so do hummingbirds.
(Ember's Wish Sage) Bright coral-colored, tubular blossoms contrast handsomely with the deep maroon stems, rusty rose calyxes and mid-green foliage of Ember's Wish Sage.
Plant Growers Australia (PGA) discovered and developed this naturally occurring sport of Wendy's Wish Sage (Salvia x 'Wendy's Wish'), which is an accidental hybrid from the Victoria, Australia, garden of Salvia enthusiast Wendy Smith. Similar to its parent plant, Ember's Wish is popular with hummingbirds but not deer.
Smith found Wendy's Wish beneath S. mexicana 'Lolly'. However, its parentage is unknown. Some nearby sages it may be related to are Buchanan's Sage (S. buchananii), Scarlet Sage (S. splendens), Chiapas Sage (Salvia chiapensis) and Purple Majesty Sage (S. guaranitica 'Purple Majesty').
PGA decided that, as with Wendy's Wish, licensing of Ember's Wish would require that a portion of each sale benefit Australia's Make-a-Wish Foundation. A third member of the Wish Collection, Love and Wishes Sage, also aids the foundation in fulfilling the requests of Australia's seriously ill children.
The parents of two teenage siblings who died from a genetic disorder, Emma and Brett Shegog, won the right to name PGA's plant. They combined their children's first names to create "Ember."
In coastal areas with moderate temperatures, Ember's Wish grows well in full sun. However, it appreciates a bit of shade in hotter climates. Growing about waist-high, Ember's Wish is a floriferous plant that requires little to no deadheading of blossoms. Its combination of woody and soft herbaceous growth mark it as a subshrub.
Although this long-blooming sage does well with average irrigation based on local conditions, it appreciates plentiful watering with excellent soil drainage.
(Shelby Hardy Gloxinia) Shelby's long, tubular, creamy pink flowers dangle from apple-green, leaf-like calyxes. Fuzzy red petioles connect the flowers to deep red stems rising above rich green foliage. This Suncrest Nurseries hybrid of two South American species can handle a bit of winter chill.
Hummingbirds enjoy gloxinias. By planting Shelby Hardy Gloxinia and other hummingbird favorites in a setting devised for close-up observation, you have a front-row seat for hummer antics during the growing season. It's a fine choice for a patio planter or rock garden.
The flower tubes of gloxinias are referred to as having fused petals. Some, such as Shelby's white-flowered, hybrid parent Sinningia incarnata, are barrel-shaped similar to a cigar-style Cuphea. Others, such as Shelby and its second parent plant, the red-flowered species S. tubiflora, have lacy corollas at their openings. Similar to most Sinningias, Shelby's roots are tuberous.
The elliptical, veined leaves are also interesting due to being smooth with a slightly pitted texture and having fine eyelash hairs on their edges.
This is a petite perennial that prefers rich, well-drained soil and locations with full sun to partial shade. As part of the Sinningia genus, it's a member of the Gesneriad family (Gesneriaceae), which is probably best known for African Violets (Saintpaulia genus).
Sinningias are named for Willhelm Sinning (1792-1874) who was a gardener at Germany's University of Bonn Botanical Garden. Sinning co-authored the 1825 book A Collection of Beautiful Flowering Plants, which contained one of the first botanical illustrations of a gloxinia.
(Tricolor Angel Trumpet) Brugmansia are show stoppers, no matter who you are or how many you have. Something about this genus, which has been cultivated in South America for thousands of years, is impossible to ignore. Far superior to the common red B. sanguinum.
This species is widely found in the Andes, from northern Colombia to northern Chile at an elevation of 6,500 to 9, 750 feet. Here on the coast of Northern California, I have seen it defoliate at 22 degrees F, and bloom 12 months of the year if it doesn't get below 25. It dies to the ground but survives at least into the low teens. This is one hardy Brugs.
A large shrub, 'Inca Queen' has eight inch, unscented flowers that are green, yellow and orange - all at once.
If you live in suburbs or rural areas where deer plunder gardens, Salvias (sages) can be part of your plan for discouraging these hungry visitors. Here are some tips.