Cool Cats for a Cacaphony of Continuous Color! - Beat the heat and cool your heels while these colorful customers do all the heavy lifting! These new kids on the block will provide a summer to fall display reveling in the heat, humidity, and sun of summer.
We've already added more than 170 new plants to our lineup for the 2020 growing season and expect more to come! Shown at left or above on mobile platforms, clockwise from top right:
Rockin'© Playin' the Blues© Salvia,
Summerific© Perfect Storm Hardy Hibiscus,
Luscious© Royale Pina Colada Lantana,
Rockin'© Deep Purple Salvia,
American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan,
Machu™ Morado Mexican Petunia,
Archangel™ Cherry Red Summer Snapdragon,
Daisy Mae Japanese Aster,
Buzz™ Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush,
Dark Knight Bluebeard,
Splash™ Pinot Grigio Hardy Hibiscus,
Summer Carnival Variegated Hardy Hibiscus,
Maiden's Jealousy Vine,
Summerific© Berry Awesome Hardy Hibiscus.
Rockin'© Playin' the Blues© Salvia: Tall dense clusters of short deep violet-blue tubular flowers emerge from equally colorful calyxes and sit atop a well-branched mound of rich green foliage. This vigorous seedling of Mystic Spires Salvia sports a slightly larger habit eventually building to 3-4' by the end of summer. The flowers attract larger bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
Summerific© Perfect Storm Hardy Hibiscus: The large light pink to nearly white flowers with darker veining radiating from the deep burgundy eye are edged with splashes of contrasting rosy pink. The flowers are a standout against the foil of deep burgundy foliage all on a compact plant reaching a mere 3' high and stretching out up to 5' at maturity. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc.
Luscious© Royale Pina Colada Lantana: highly rated in trials across the US this dwarf and compact Lantana develops into a dense mound of dark green foliage topped by contrasting clusters of white flowers with golden yellow throats. It sports not only slightly larger flowers as compared to other similar cultivars but also nearly sterile flowers meaning it will spend more time and energy flowering and less ripening fruit.
Rockin'© Deep Purple Salvia: this little rockstar produces dense black spikes composed of black calyxes from which large royal purple tubular flowers emerge and are produced throughout the growing season atop densely branching compact plants. Small enough for medium sized containers but big enough to make a summerlong statement in the garden and landscape. Great for hummingbirds!
American Gold Rush Black-Eyed Susan: the 2020 All American Selections Perennial of the Year award winner! This clump forming hybrid native coneflower produces its dark-eyed upward facing golden yellow daisies over an extended period beginning in early summer and continuing into fall all atop a disease resistant compact and well-branched plant. The cone of nectar producing disc flowers attract bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Image courtesy of Ball Horticulture.
Machu™ Morado Ruellia: finally a sterile and clump forming Mexican Petunia with a medium-sized habit producing a spring to fall display of purple trumpet shaped flowers that attract pollinators. Its denser naturally branching habit makes this a choice container specimen or utilize its flower power in the garden and landscape.
Archangel™ Cherry Red Angelonia: a breakthrough color that is so far the nearest to red of any of the Summer Snapdragons. This tough heat and sunloving annual to tender perennial produces deep cherry pink flowers in dense spikes non-stop from spring to fall. Archangel™ Cherry Red Angelonia develops into a well-branched medium-sized plant that makes for easy and forgiving container specimens, use it in mixed containers, as well as in the garden and landscape.
Daisy Mae Japanese Aster: who says you have to wait until fall for asters! Daisy Mae produces over 1" wide pure white daisies with a contrasting yellow eye nearly continuously beginning in late spring and continuing throughout summer and into fall. The Japanese Asters are low clump forming slowly spreading perennials that have proven to be quite happy in the heat and humidity of the deep South where so many other perennials tend to melt. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved.
Buzz™ Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush: dense conical clusters of fragrant hot raspberry red flowers are produced from late spring through summer and into fall against a foil of contrasting gray-green foliage. Buzz™ Hot Raspberry develops into a densely branching compact plant that is small enough for containers or utilize its flower power in the garden and landscape. The nectar rich flowers attract pollinators of all shapes and sizes. Image courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved.
Dark Knight Bluebeard: the dense whorled clusters of pollinator attracting dark blue-purple short tubular flowers surround the stems and are held against the blue-green foliage. This shrub-like perennial to die-back perennial begins flowering in late spring or early summer for us and continues into fall. Bluebeard loves the heat and sun and is somewhat drought resistant once established. Provide an average moist well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering.
Splash™ Pinot Grigio Hardy Hibiscus: the huge white flowers to 10" across are centered by contrasting dark burgundy eyes and the outer edges of the petals are blushed pink. Splash™ Pinot Grigio Hibiscus is an early and long flowering selection with a densely branching compact habit. Like all of the Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus this one enjoys a moist fertile soil in a full to mostly sunny site.
Summer Carnival Variegated Hardy Hibiscus: ooh-la-la! This beauty boasts wonderfully variegated red, pink, cream, and white foliage that is topped by clusters of large darkly contrasting deep red flowers. There is no doubt that this plant is going to be an exceptionally attractive traffic stopping conversation piece that provides a riot of color throughout summer. One of the coolest new perennials to hit the market! Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
Maiden's Jealousy or Showers of Gold Vine: why did we wait so long to get to know this beauty! It flowers from late spring to fall to year round under warm tropical conditions producing conical clusters of sunny yellow starry flowers that age to white with anthers that darken to a contrasting red with age. All other yellow flowered vines should blush at the sheer flower power of this gorgeous gal. Tame enough for containers or allow it to twine around a sturdy support. Heat and sunloving.
Summerific© Berry Awesome Hardy Hibiscus: large 8" wide purplish pink showy flowers are produced throughout summer atop full naturally branching plants adorned with dark burgundy tinged foliage. Summerific© Berry Awesome is an indeterminate flowering hardy hibiscus that flowers all up and down the stems instead of just on the top half of the plant like older varieties creating a knockout display in the garden. Another very cool introduction from Walter's Gardens and it won the 2019 Proven Winners Perennial Plant of the Year award. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
Our Statement on COVID-19
Note: Due to an onrush of orders because of COVID-19 we are currently having to ship 7 days a week trying to get everyone's orders out as quickly as possible. Normally we do our best to avoid having packages remain in the mail that extra day on Sundays but at this point it is unavoidable.
At Almost Eden we are closely monitoring COVID-19 and in an abundance of caution are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and well-being of our employees, our customers, and our families. We are wiping down and disinfecting common surfaces on a daily basis, washing our hands frequently, using social distancing and other common-sense measures to help combat its spread in our community and our country. Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected and to those who may become affected. Godspeed in your and our country’s recovery.
We would also like to thank all of the healthcare professionals who are on the front lines helping to combat this and taking care of us, all of those working to making sure that we have the available goods and materials to get through this, and the leadership and institutions that are working to keep us all safe. Please take a moment to thank them when you get the opportunity.
We are fortunate so far to have been unaffected and happen to be in a somewhat isolated rural area. As long as this remains the case, we will continue to operate our online and phone sales as normal. Under normal circumstances we allow onsite pickup for our local customers but due to the current situation we are cancelling that option until further notice. If you are affected and would like to delay your order please feel free to contact us via phone or email and we will be happy to work with you.
As a small business, our employees are at the core of our operation. And the ones who are not family are like family to us. We are all aware of the seriousness of the situation and are taking every precaution within our ability to protect everyone here and everyone we might come in contact with, even indirectly. Anyone who is sick or who may have been in contact with anyone who might have been exposed is asked to stay home. It is our goal to keep everyone safe and in good health and to help work toward beating this.
It is our goal to continue to offer our plants as long as we can do so safely and within the guidelines of local, state, and federal institutions. As you know the situation is fluid and there may very well come a time when we are unable to ship orders as per our customer’s requested shipping dates due to quarantine restrictions in our area or at locations across the US. We will work to stay in contact with anyone whose order has been affected by such an event and to arrange for shipping as soon as it is acceptable to do so. We appreciate your business and hope that you will continue to support our and other businesses across the country during this difficult time.
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. You can also sign up for our periodic (3-5 times per year normally) newsletter here. We will not send you SPAM nor share, sell, or otherwise distribute your personal information.
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!
Note: Due to an onrush of orders because of Covid-19 we are currently having to ship 7 days a week trying to get everyone's orders out as quickly as possible. Normally we do our best to avoid having packages remain in the mail that extra day on Sundays but at this point it is unavoidable.
We understand what healthy quality plants should look like and our specially designed packaging system will get them from our greenhouse to your doorstep looking as though they were just plucked from the nursery. We ensure that your plants are secured safely in their soil and container. Our specially designed shipping and packaging system will get your plants to you quickly, carefully and easily via the US Postal Service Priority Mail to anywhere in the US. We will send an email stating when your order will ship and confirming the order information for verification. Please be sure to check your Spam or Junk mail if you don't hear from us within a day or two from when you placed your order. Orders are normally shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays (excluding holidays) of each week to ensure that your plants do not spend the weekend at the post office. Be sure to get your order and payment in by Wednesday at 11:59PM CST, for it to ship out the following Monday. See our Shipping info for more details.
Tracking Your Shipment: We have recently upgraded our packaging system so that your shipping address is verified with the USPS prior to shipping and each package is automatically assigned a tracking number. The instant we print your shipping label you are immediately sent an email that includes your tracking number and a link to the USPS website where you can track your package until it arrives safely at your doorstep. We believe this will help to ensure that your plants get to you in a timely manner and in good condition. Your tracking email will originate from Stamps.com so please add "@stamps.com" to your whitelist so that your tracking email does not end up in your SPAM folder.
Rating Almost Eden's Products and Services
Please feel free to rate any of the plants that you might have experience with as this can provide useful and insightful information for your fellow gardeners. We do review the reviews and so it may take time for your review to appear on our website.
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Our Customer Service Hours and Onsite Visits
Please enjoy your stroll through our online catalog and if at anytime you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us. Our office and customer service hours are open from 8AM-7PM CST daily. We are here most everyday so feel free to call us anytime during normal hours and John will do his best to answer your call.
Our nursery and gardens are only open to visitors who have a pre-scheduled visit set up. The following contact information is clickable:
( 337 ) 375 - 2114
1240 Smith Rd
Merryville, LA 70653
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