Prime Plants for Producing a Pollinator Paradise - New for 2020
We've already added more than 50 new plants to our lineup for spring of 2020 and there will be more to come! Shown at left or above on mobile platforms, clockwise from top right: Fashionably Early Princess Phlox, Starship™ Scarlet Lobelia, Dalmatian Purple Foxglove, Peachie Keen Hummingbird Mint, Rosie Posie Hummingbird Mint, Lobelia aguana, Blackbeard Penstemon, Starship™ Deep Rose Lobelia. Here are a few of our most exciting new pollinator plants to get your garden primed for the nearly here hummingbird season:
Fashionably Early Princess Phlox: We have been totally impressed by this new series of hybrid Phlox from Walter's Gardens! In 2019 we offered Fashionably Early Crystal, a white flowering form with a lavender eye, and we have had flowers on them basically since last spring, throughout summer and into fall, and even a few flowers through winter. And our new crop of Fashionably Early Princess Phlox, a rich medium pink selection, are already showing buds! There are not a lot of perennials that are reliably early spring flowering and are just for butterflies, but these two hybrids fit the bill. They are intermediate in height between the tall Garden Phlox and Woodland Phlox reaching about 24" high, have excellent disease resistance, and will slowly spread and develop into a mass of rich green glossy foliage and flowering stems. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
Starship™ Scarlet Lobelia and Starship™ Deep Rose Lobelia: the Starship™ Lobelia series are breakthrough hybrids of our native Red Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, that produce 24" high burgundy spikes of 2-lipped widely flaring tubular flowers in summer held above the deep green bronze tinged foliage. The Starship™ Lobelias have improved branching which means more spikes of flowers over a longer period and denser fuller plants. These are sure to draw in hummingbirds from near and far as well provide a brilliant spot of color in the garden. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
Dalmatian Purple Foxglove: this Foxglove was selected not only for its spikes of large showy purple bee pollinated flowers in summer but also for the fact that the plants flower their first year, have improved branching and therefore more flowering spikes per plant, and the plants have excellent vigor. What's not to love! Dalmatian Purple Foxglove should make a great addition to the Purple & Gold themed garden. Geaux LSU Tigers! Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
Peachie Keen Hummingbird Mint and Rosie Posie Hummingbird Mint: these new introductions produce a seemingly non-stop wave of dense flowering spikes throughout the growing season and are sure to draw the hummingbirds in close. The flowering spikes are 1" long nectar-rich tubular flowers emerge from colorful calyxes that continue to provide color even when the flowers of that spike have finished. These new Agastache are dense and compact enough for containers but are sure to spice up a sunny garden or landscape as well. The Hummingbird Mints are heat and sun-loving perennials that tend to do best in well-drained soils. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
Lobelia aguana: this unusual Lobelia hails from the MesoAmerican Cloud Forests of Central America and your local hummingbirds are sure to recognize its potential. Small clusters of nearly 2" long red tubular flowers with orange-yellow throats may be produced nearly throughout the year where winters are mild with the heaviest flowering typically occurring in summer and fall. Lobelia aguana is a vigorous heat and sun-loving shrub-like perennial that can quickly develop into a 5'x5' mass of foliage and flowers. Considered hardy to zone 9.
Blackbeard Penstemon: named after the infamous pirate, this exciting new Penstemon, or Beardtongue, sports a cloak of dark burgundy to near black foliage that is topped by loose spikes of sweetly contrasting purple to lilac flowers in mid to late spring. Did you know Penstemon are found nowhere else but North America! Penstemon flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds and the seeds attract songbirds. Provide an average moist well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny location for optimum vigor and flowering and the deepest foliage color. Blackbeard Penstemon is colorful and compact enough for containers but is sure to bring a dark mysterious air to the garden and landscape. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
Welcome to Almost Eden
At Almost Eden we specialize in beautiful, unusual and hard to find plants including a large variety of native plants. Our stock encompasses over 1000 varieties/species, spanning 100 different plant families for your home and garden. Our plants are live, growing and well-rooted plants often flowering or large enough to begin flowering when they are shipped with the soil and container intact. We have an excellent selection of plants for pollinators including plants for hummingbird gardens, butterfly gardens, plants that attract a variety of native bees as well as honey bees and even plants for hummingbird moths. We offer unusual and hard to find tropicals like the old fashioned types of free flowering Chinese Hibiscus, the intensely fragrant Night Blooming Jasmine, the true Jasmines and Night Blooming Cereus, as well as a variety of fragrant Angel's Trumpets and Epiphyllums (Orchid Cacti). Each year we add more and more perennials from the tried and true heirlooms, to the easy to grow natives to some of the hottest new varieties out there! We grow a variety of shrubs including a large selection of Camellias as well as deciduous Azaleas, Hydrangeas, Butterfly Bushes and many more unusual and hard to find varieties. Vines include a selection of beautiful and intriguing Passion Flowers, Pipevines, Firecracker Vines, Coral Vines in 3 colors, Coral Honeysuckles, Climbing Roses and many more. Trees include many native species but our Crybaby Trees may be the most popular item on that list! John has a huge collection of figs and each year he works diligently to offer ever more varieties so check back often to see what's available.
Out of Stock Products
The plants that we currently have listed in our online catalog are all plants that we intend to offer in the 2020 season. There may be a few rare exceptions that remain on here for information purposes but we are working toward making those available in the coming seasons. To be notified, when an out of stock product becomes available again, go to the plant's individual product page by clicking the "Details & Growing Info" link OR by clicking on the plant's image in our online catalog. Just click the 'Email me when ready' link below the 'Out of Stock' notice and our system will send you a one-time automatic email letting you know the product is available. You do need to be registered and must be signed in to our website for this feature to work. This action does not add you to any other mailing lists. We do not share, sell or otherwise give out our customer's information nor will we send you loads of SPAM. If you are interested you are welcome to sign up to receive our periodic newsletter by clicking here.
Planting and Growing Guides
You've got your new plants so now what do you do with them? We have a selection of Growing Guides specific to Planting New Container Grown Plants in the Garden and Landscape, Uppotting and Repotting Container Grown Plants - includes soil selection, what yellow or brown foliage and green soil indicate, proper watering techniques for containers, as well as individual growing guides specific to various plant types including: Azaleas, Cactus and Succulents, Camellias, Gardenias, Honeysuckles, Hardy or Perennial Hibiscus, Night Blooming Cereus and Epiphyllums, Sambac Jasmines, and more. You can find our Growing Guides page from any page on our website. These are designed for beginning gardeners but have pearls of wisdom that even advanced gardeners may find useful. It is our sincere hope that these guides will help to get your plants growing and thriving for season after season!
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