Also known as A. x hybridum Fireball, and Abutilon... more
Abutilon darwinii x striatum - Fireball (yellow-red veined flower)
Also known as A. x hybridum Fireball, and Abutilon Biltmore Ballgown, this is one of the many lovely hybrids between A. darwinii and A. striatum, with maple-like leaves and bell-flowers whose petals are recurved, turning in slightly at the bottom. Flowers are fiery red, as one would imagine, with prominent red veins accenting the surface. Happy plants can reach 8-10 ft tall, though pruning easily adjusts the size. Best with plentiful summer water and fertilizer. Less hardy than many, preferring temperatures that only occasionally drop into the 20s F, USDA zone 9. Placement out of wind with overhead protection and plentiful mulch help in less than balmy climates.
Brazilian Bell-flower is a fun and easy-to-grow hummingbird... more
Abutilon megapotamicum - Brazilian Bell-flower
Brazilian Bell-flower is a fun and easy-to-grow hummingbird magnet for the perennial border. In the garden or in a hanging container, it spreads to several feet wide in a single season. In the wild, Abutilon megapotamicum reaches 8' tall, but in cultivation arely exceeds 5' tall, and less when grown as a potted plant. During warm months, the plants are laden with cool 2" hanging lantern-like flowers composed of red calyces above the yellow petals, ending with its bright red privates dangling beneath... all carefully arranged between the thumb-sized green leaves.
Abutilon pictum is a fast-growing tropical flowering... more
Abutilon pictum Thompsonii - Golden Rain Flowering Maple
Abutilon pictum is a fast-growing tropical flowering shrub is prized for its speckled, maple-shaped leaves and showy, coral-orange flowers. A beautiful accent or border shrub in frost-free areas, with an upright form that is easily espaliered against a wall. A showy container accent in bright patio or indoor locations, fun and easy-to-grow hummingbird magnet for the perennial border. Thompsonii is a showy variety with golden leaf variegation and peach colored flowers with red veins. Great container specimen.
Red Maple is a fast growing tree, best known for its... more
Acer rubrum - Red Maple
Red Maple is a fast growing tree, best known for its brilliant deep scarlet foliage in December-January in Florida and autumn elsewhere. It is is adaptable to a very wide range of site conditions. It can be found growing in wet sites, swamps, on poor dry soils, and most anywhere in between. Due to its attractive fall foliage and pleasing form, it is often used as a shade tree for landscapes. In Florida it grows much shorter than in colder region, reaching 20-40 ft. This plant is grown from seed collected in Florida, so it is suited for planting in Florida. It may perform worse up North.
Prolific Hardy Kiwi is valued for its self fertility.... more
Actinidia arguta - Hardy Mini Kiwi Prolific
Prolific Hardy Kiwi is valued for its self fertility. Prolific fruit is dark green all the way through. Hardy Kiwi likes half day to full sun and well-drained soil. The plants need a strong trellis and can spread 10-12 ft when mature. Prolific Kiwi, a self-pollinating variety, is early ripening and produces abundant crops of medium to large, sweet and tasty fruit. The cultivar is sometimes used as a pollinator for other female cultivars. Fruits are flavorful with reddish/violet on the skin and flesh when ripe. Minimum chilling requirements 300 hours. These Kiwi have smooth-skinned fruits so there is no need to peel the skin of the fruits unlike the fuzzy fruit species Actinidia deliciosa. Fruits vary in size and are similar to several varieties of grapes. Plant stems and fruit buds are more cold tolerant than the A. deliciosa species and are mainly grown in colder areas where the cold temperatures can range from 10-18F. Fruit flavors are of course different with every cultivar, similar to all fruits. The Hardy Mini Kiwi Prolific can bear fruit the first year after planting. It produces smooth-skinned fruit the size of large grapes in late summer to early fall, great for fresh eating, salads, dessert or jelly. Kiwi plants are attractive growers that require a sunny location, preferably with wind protection. They can be grown in different types of soils; however, the soil must be well drained. Kiwi plants are very pretty when used to cover a wall or fence or used in landscape design. Less aggressive than other kiwi varieties, Prolific is easily trained and ideal for trellises or fences.
Narrow-Leaf Cinnamon Ginger. The plant is a low mounding... more
Alpinia nutans - False Cardamom, Cinnamon Ginger
Narrow-Leaf Cinnamon Ginger. The plant is a low mounding ginger with glossy leaves, and amazingly fragrant foliage. Gently brushing the leaves is all it takes to release a spicy cardamom-like aroma. Rhizomes are ginger-scented with a touch of Cinnamon. The flowers are quite beautiful, and resemble those of shell ginger to which it is closely related. In a shady tropical garden, the glossy dense foliage is lush and beautiful. Hardy to zone 7, it is very easy to grow, and will grow from a small rhizome division into an enormous specimen in just a couple of years. If not protected from freezes, it will die back to the ground, but it will re-emerge from the rhizomes in the Spring, as long as the ground doesn't freeze. Southeast Asian medicinal plant used to control hypertension, as diuretic, antifungal, and antiulcer. In Japan it is used as food preservative.
One of the most desirable symbols of Tropics, Alpinia... more
Alpinia purpurata - Dwarf Red Cone Ginger
One of the most desirable symbols of Tropics, Alpinia purpurata, red ginger, also called ostrich plume and pink cone ginger, are native Malaysian plants with showy flowers on long brightly colored red bracts. They look like the bloom, but the true flower is the small white flower on top. Red Ginger grows in Hawaii, and many Central American nations, including Belize. It is also found in Samoa, where it is the national flower, and is locally called "teuila." It prefers partial shade and moist humid conditions, although it can tolerate full sun in some climates. It tends to like to be well watered and not left to dry out. Ginger can also be grown as a houseplant and its cut flowers can be used in arrangements. See Article about this plant.
One of the most desirable symbols of Tropics, Alpinia... more
Alpinia purpurata - Pink Cone Ginger
One of the most desirable symbols of Tropics, Alpinia purpurata, also called ostrich plume and pink cone ginger, are native Malaysian plants with showy flowers on long brightly colored pink bracts. They look like the bloom, but the true flower is the small white flower on top. Red Ginger grows in Hawaii, and many Central American nations, including Belize. It is also found in Samoa, where it is the national flower, and is locally called "teuila." It prefers partial shade and moist humid conditions, although it can tolerate full sun in some climates. It tends to like to be well watered and not left to dry out. Ginger can also be grown as a houseplant and its cut flowers can be used in arrangements.
Hot Pink Produces large clusters of pink flowers that... more
Alpinia x purpurata - Hot Pink Cone Ginger
Hot Pink Produces large clusters of pink flowers that graduate to light pink at the very top. The flowers accent wonderfully with the dark green foliage. Prefers shade to light shade. Grows to 5-8 feet tall and produces flowers throughout the year. One of the most desirable symbols of Tropics, Alpinia purpurata, also called ostrich plume and pink cone ginger, are native Malaysian plants with showy flowers on long brightly colored pink bracts. They look like the bloom, but the true flower is the small white flower on top. It tends to like to be well watered and not left to dry out. Ginger can also be grown as a houseplant and its cut flowers can be used in arrangements.
Ornamental leathery leaves and pretty pink flowers.... more
Ardisia elliptica - Shoebutton Ardisia
Ornamental leathery leaves and pretty pink flowers. Small size bush, this plant is very easy to grow, great for beginners as well as indoor culture. It takes low light with no problem, and needs very little if any care. Ardisias are very popular house plants.
Pelican flower - large flower variety. One of the... more
Aristolochia gigantea - Giant Pelican Flower
Pelican flower - large flower variety. One of the most popular ornamental vines. Brown flower is very unusual-looking. Very fast-growing and vigorous, can cover a fence just in one season. The Aristolochia gigantea will inspire a sense of marvel to anyone who gazes upon it. This truly spectacular blossom produces a pouch that in some cultivars is almost 2 feet long and more than a foot across. Ivory veins network across a burgundy velvet background as the flower unfurls. Heart-shaped, light green leaves, about 6 inches in length, adorn this easy-to-grow vine. The plant blooms at a young age and grows in full sun or partial shade. In some sources, Aristolochia gigantea is considered as Aristolochia grandiflora var. Hookeri. The cultivation of Aristolochias is undemanding. Sun lovers that appreciate some shade in hotter inland areas, they adapt to any soil that drains well. Any pruning necessary to contain or shape the plants should be done in late winter or early spring. Cultivation is easy, and growth can be tamed.
This plant is deciduous, no leaves in Fall-Winter. A very cold hardy fruiting plant, Chokeberry is cultivated as ornamental and as food product. Enjoy them in an array of foods as they are rich in vitamins. Cultivar Viking was selected in Europe for use in orchards but gardeners quickly discovered it’s many attributes as a landscape plant. Masses of fragrant, white flowers bloom in spring. Gorgeous red fall colors and extra large berries follow the glossy summer foliage. Persistent, purplish black berries are high in nutrients and can be used for pies and jellies. USDA hardiness zone 3-9. One of the true super fruits, they are high in antioxidants with huge health benefits. This fruit is used in Eastern Europe in holistic medicine for lowering blood pressure. Fruit should be consumed with caution as excessive amount can cause significant blood pressure drop. See article: Cold hardy Aronia and its Superfruit: a Magic gift from the Native Americans RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER: SUNSHINE C-Cibus - Crop Nutrition Booster SUNSHINE-Honey - sugar booster
Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree. The most... more
Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree
Bauhinia blakeana - Hong Kong Orchid Tree. The most beautiful of all orchid trees. The largest flowers, brightly colored. Winter bloomer. Very hard to find! These trees start flowering in very small size, when only 2-3 ft tall!
This rare plant is one of the most spectacular Orchid... more
Bauhinia madagascariensis - Red Butterfly Orchid Tree
This rare plant is one of the most spectacular Orchid trees in cultivation. Flowers and extremely showy, look like scarlet butterflies with bright yellow stripes at the base of each petal. It grows into a small tree or bush. Plant in in full sun to get the most of its flowering season. Rare collectible species. Fast growing.
The slightly fragrant flowers are reminiscent of showy... more
Bauhinia variegata purple - Orchid Tree
The slightly fragrant flowers are reminiscent of showy orchids, with five irregular, usually slightly overlapping petals in shades of magenta, lavender or purplish blue. Great landscape shade tree. See Article about this plant.
Tree Wisteria, Vanwykshout, Mogaba. This decorative,... more
Bolusanthus speciosus - Tree Wisteria
Tree Wisteria, Vanwykshout, Mogaba. This decorative, small tree has drooping, blue-mauve, fragrant, pea-like flowers that hang from the branches in bunches, often covering the whole tree. Slow growing. Hard to find plant.
Pink Powderpuff, Shuttlecock. Spectacular bloomer!... more
Calliandra selloi (brevipes) Pink Lilian
Pink Powderpuff, Shuttlecock. Spectacular bloomer! Attractive shrub with finely divided leaves and clusters of red powder-puff flowers. It is native to southeastern Brazil, Uruguay, and northern Argentina. One of the most beautiful of the Calliandra species, it is a medium- to large-sized shrub with a graceful growth habit. Silky, pink-white, powder-puff-like flowers appear during the summer months. The fine foliage is an attractive mid-green color.
A low branching shrub or small tree with multiple... more
Calliandra surinamensis - Powderpuff
A low branching shrub or small tree with multiple trunks. Showy pink flowers, like a powderpuff, are bright pink on the surface and pale pink to white inside the "powderpuff" ball. This is a excellent container plant for the cooler climates and for the warmer regions a beautiful outdoors plant.
The beautyberries are packed tightly together in clusters... more
Callicarpa americana - American Beautyberry
The beautyberries are packed tightly together in clusters that encircle the stem. Spring flowers and beautiful fall fruit make this an attractive landscape plant. This Florida Native is easy to grow: pretty hardy and very drought tolerant.