Coming for 2021!

A new year has begun and we are already lined up to have a great selection of some of the newest, most exciting, and sought after plants available, along with many old reliable favorites! We have so many things growing it is hard just to know where to begin and so here is a taste of our 2021 line up. Clockwise from upper right:

African False Hosta or Little White Soldiers, Drimiopsis maculata: It should probably be awarded best in class for "Easy to Grow". The African False Hosta is a bulbous heirloom half-hardy perennial into zone 8 that starts the growing season by returning from winter dormancy by sporting its newly emerged spotted succulent foliage that is topped by numerous spikes that are composed of contrasting white buds that eventually turn green once the flowers are ready to open. It makes a tough, low maintenance, container specimen that is well suited to shaded porches, patios, and windowsills.

Cinderella Pink Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella': Large deep rose rounded clusters of buds open to show off the contrasting lighter pink to white 'eye' and are lightly scented of vanilla for venturesome noses. Cinderalla Swamp Milkweed, a selection of our native Asclepias incarnata, has a naturally upright habit reaching about 4' when flowering begins. This is one of the easier to grow native milkweeds and it slowly spreads by rhizomes but still plays well with other garden perennials. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.

Blue LipsSclerochiton harveyanus: Shared with us by Dawn Stover at SFA Gardens, this most intriguing little evergreen tropical has not stopped flowering all winter even though it is reported to flower heaviest during the warmer months! The flowers very much resemble those of Scaevola, a.k.a. Half-Flower or Fan Flower, but this is a naturally evergreen, low to medium-sized, shade-loving tropical shrub with a mounding to spreading habit that should lend itself for use as a hanging basket or container specimen plant. The clusters of tubular flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

MOUNTAINSIDE™ Crater Lake Phlox, Phlox 'Crater Lake' PPAF: This Phlox hybrid is an offspring of the very low growing Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata, but is more vigorous, begins flowering about 2 weeks earlier. It quickly develops into a dense groundcovering mound of fine narrow foliage whose deep indigo-blue flowers seemingly cover up the plant in spring and are designed for butterfly pollination. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.

Poker Face Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily, Kniphofia 'Poker Face' PPAF: Dense clusters of brilliant orange-red tubular flowers start the show in early summer and may continue into fall on mature clumps. Poker Face Kniphofia is a Walter's Gardens introduction that was bred for reliable cold hardiness, vigor, and for its ability to repeat flower throughout the warmest months of the year. The flowers are sure to attract hummingbirds and the color may cause traffic accidents! Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.

STARSHIP™ Blue Lobelia, Lobelia x speciosa 'PAS1302712' PPAF: We marveled at the deep intense blue-purple flowers all through the summer and fall of 2021 as did our local hummingbird population! Not only is this a knockout color but its ability to keep flowering throughout summer was truly impressive. STARSHIP™ Blue Lobelia is a hybrid of two native species that has just the right amount of hybrid vigor as well as larger, more intensely colored flowers than either of its parents. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.

Evan's Yellow Amaryllis, Hippeastrum evansiae: We are excited to finally be able to offer this rare and highly sought after Amaryllis species! It produces starry soft primrose yellow, wavy edged flowers that are centered by a deeper yellow star shaped throat that is tinged with orange at its edges and are produced in clusters of 3-4 atop light green sturdy stems in late winter to early spring. Evan's Yellow Amaryllis is a rare and endangered Bolivian Amaryllis species that is from a relatively dry region and does best in soils with excellent drainage and will prefer a dry winter rest period of 6-8 weeks prior to flowering.

Curtain Call Deep Rose Japanese Anemone or WindflowerAnemone 'Curtain Call Deep Rose' PP30520: Multitudes of large showy deep rose pink, semi-double daisy-like flowers sport a nicely contrasting golden yellow eye and rise above a neat mound of deep green foliage on sturdy stems beginning in late summer and continuing into late fall. Curtain Call Deep Rose Japanese Anemone makes a wonderful specimen in containers or as part of the perennial border providing a much needed blast of color when many other perennials are beginning to fade. This is a slowly spreading rhizomatous perennial that develops into a large dense clump of foliage and flowers. The Japanese Anemones are easy low maintenance and long lived perennials that only get better with age. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.