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Japanese Aster, now classified as Aster iinumae previously Asteromea mongolica or Kalimeris mongolica: An Allen Armitage 'no-brainer' perennial! The white full daisies are held atop and among the rich green foliage beginning in mid to late spring to early summer and continuing into fall. The nectar laden flowers are composed of multiple outer rows of white ray petals that have a light tinge of lavender surrounding a dense rounded mass of lemon tinged disc flowers. Japanese Aster is a slowly spreading rhizomatous herbaceous bushy perennial growing to about 12-24"H x 18-24"W though some sources suggest that it may reach 36"H. This plant's reliability and flower power have garnered it a top spot among Dr. Armitage's list of "no-brainer" perennials. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, Inc., all rights reserved.
Ming Treasure Amplifora Iris, Iris x amplifora 'Ming Treasure': Everything about this Iris is BIG including the incredible show it puts on! The very large, to 5" wide, blue-violet flowers speckled with dark purple are perched on sturdy, 5' high, bud-laden stalks opening over a period of 4-6 weeks beginning in early spring. Ming Treasure Amplifora Iris, a Plant Delights Nursery introduction discovered by the Shanghai Botanic Gardens' Dr. Xiao, is a vigorous evergreen clump forming perennial developing into a 3'H x 6'W mound of rich green, sword like foliage that can be up to 4" wide at its base. *Note: Most Irises prefer a full to mostly sunny site but Ming Treasure seems to do best where it receives at least some shade, particularly during the hottest portion of the day, with light, bright, or filtered shade being considered optimum. Provide a fertile, average moist to moist, well-drained soil for optimum growth and vigor. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
Dyson's Joy Salvia, Salvia x 'Dyson's Joy': The sweetly contrasting bicolor flowers are composed of two large soft shell pink lower petals and a bright rosy pink tube and hood all emerging from maroon tinged calyxes and spikes. Dyson's Joy Salvia, or simply Joy Salvia, is likely a selection or hybrid of Salvia greggii or Autumn Sage, and develops into a compact rounded plant growing to about 2' x 2' that can be enjoyed as a container plant as well as in the garden and landscape. The brightly colored flowers attract low flying hummingbirds, occasional butterflies, and other pollinators with its nectar rich flowers. Provide a well-drained soil in full to mostly sunny conditions and never keep soggy wet. An RHS Award of Garden Merit winner! Images courtesy of Jadelty Plant Propagation Nursery, all rights reserved.
Bandolista™ Red Chili Lantana, Lantana camara 'Bandolista™ Red Chili': Perfect for hanging baskets! The large rounded clusters of flowers open a deep orangey yellow and mature through orange tones and finally to deep fiery red all on a mounding to semi-trailing plant. Bandolista™ Red Chili Lantana was developed with container culture in mind, specifically hanging baskets, with its naturally spreading to semi-weeping and mounding habit it is sure to provide spring to frost color with minimal fuss. The flowers of this cultivar are sterile meaning the plants can spend more time and energy developing new flower buds instead of ripening fruit. Utilize Bandolista™ Red Chili Lantana as a spiller or filler in mixed container gardens, use it as a colorful, pollinator attracting groundcover in the garden and landscape, and as specimen container plants. Excellent for attracting a variety of pollinators including butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in well-draining, average moist, fertile soils for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Syngenta Flowers, Inc., all rights reserved.
SUMMERIFIC™ Edge of Night Hardy or Perennial Hibiscus, Hibiscus 'Edge of Night' PP34359, CPBRAF: The exceptionally dark, near black foliage acts as the perfect foil to compliment the summerlong display of bright bubblegum pink, 7-8" wide flowers that are accented by dark pink to red veining all on a neatly compact rounded plant. SUMMERIFIC® Edge of Night Perennial Hibiscus tops out at just 36-40" high and is considered one of the most compact Hibiscus on the market today as well as boasting some of the darkest, practically black, foliage to date. The SUMMERIFIC® Hibiscus are indeterminate types meaning that they flower all up and down the stems instead of just on the upper half of the plants creating a knockout display in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in moist to average moist to wet, moderately fertile soils. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
Kalama™ Papaya Esperanza or Tecoma, Tecoma 'Balbahset' PP32394: New for 2023! Large clusters of dark red-orange trumpets are accented by deep red veining and are produced from summer to fall atop compact plants attracting low flying hummingbirds, larger bees, and butterflies. Kalama™ Papaya Tecoma, a.k.a. Esperanza, is a compact selection of this easy and rewarding heat and sun-loving tropical to tender perennial selected for its compact stature but with ample flower power. Small enough to be enjoyed in containers or even for planting beneath windows where the nectar rich flowers are sure to draw pollinators well within viewing range. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site in an average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering! Images courtesy of Ball Flora Plant, Inc., all rights reserved.
Raydon's Favorite Aromatic Aster, Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'Raydon's Favorite': Masses of 1" wide yellow-eyed bluish purple daisies absolutely cover this plant for weeks in late summer and fall. A selection of Symphyotrichum oblongifolium and the big brother of the slightly more compact October Skies, is a medium-sized, herbaceous, densely mounding shrub-like perennial that matures to about 3' x 3' at the time of flowering. Excellent fall color for the garden as well as drought tolerance and pest and disease resistance make this an excellent addition to the perennial or wildflower border and landscape. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators but seem to be especially popular with bees. Prefers good to excellent drainage and a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Named the 2016 Plant of the Year by the Garden Club of America and selected for the 2003 Theodore Klein Award. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, Inc., all rights reserved.
Kalama™ Pomegranate Esperanza or Tecoma, Tecoma 'Balkalgran' PPAF: Large clusters of deep orange-red trumpets with a complimentary yellow throat are produced from summer to fall atop compact plants attracting low flying hummingbirds, larger bees, and butterflies. Kalama™ Pomegranate Tecoma, a.k.a. Esperanza, is a compact selection of this easy and rewarding heat and sun-loving tropical to tender perennial selected for its compact stature but with ample flower power. Small enough to be enjoyed in containers or even for planting beneath windows where the nectar rich flowers are sure to draw pollinators well within viewing range. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site in an average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering! Images courtesy of Ball Flora Plant, Inc., all rights reserved.
Angel Eyes Hardy or Perennial Hibiscus, Hibiscus 'Angel Eyes' PPAF, CPBRAF: One of the earliest to begin flowering and new for 2023! The large, to 8" wide, full white flowers are centered by a deep burgundy eye that is surrounded by a halo of contrasting raspberry red veins that fade out toward the edges of the petals. Angel Eyes Perennial Hibiscus develops into a full sized 5' x 5' plant cloaked in rich green foliage that acts as a foil for the contrasting flowers. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in moist to average moist to wet, moderately fertile soils. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved.
SOMBRERO™ Tres Amigos Coneflower, Echinacea 'Balsomtresgo' PP30750, US7982110, EU PBR58588: A 2018 UGA Trial Gardens Classic City Award and a People's Choice Award winner! The large, lightly fragrant flowers open a coral pink, deepen through rose, and finally maturing to burgundy held on sturdy 18" high stems above the deep green foliage in summer. SOMBRERO® Tres Amigos Coneflower or Echinacea is a hardy clump forming perennial growing to about 18-20"H x 22-24"W making it compact enough for containers as well as being a colorful addition to the garden and landscape. Like all of the Echinaceas, the fragrant nectar rich flowers attract a variety of pollinators, especially butterflies and bees. Provide a fertile, average moist, well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site. Leave seedheads for fall and winter songbirds to enjoy. Photos courtesy of Darwin Perennials, 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. 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.
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We have upgraded our website's security for our customer accounts to now include a password in order be able to access your account information. Your user ID is now your email address and it is important to note that it is case sensitive. Returning customers may need to use the reset password link on the login form and our system will then send you a time-sensitive email with a link where you can set up your new password or reset a forgotten password. The passwords are encrypted in our database and so we are unable to provide you with your password but we can reset it on our end if you need help with it. Please feel free to contact us if you need any assistance. Thank you again for your business and we apologize for any inconvenience.
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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!
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 2022 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.
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 FedEx and USPS 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 place your order. Orders are normally shipped as early as possible each week to ensure that your plants do not spend the weekend unneccessarily in a warehouse. 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 page for more details.
Tracking Your Shipment: We have upgraded our packaging system so that your shipping address is verified with FedEx or USPS prior to shipping and each package is automatically assigned a tracking number. The instant we print the shipping label for your package you are immediately sent an email that includes your tracking number and a link to the FedEx website (for orders shipped within the lower 48 states or Shipping Zones 1-8) or the the USPS website (for all other shipping areas or Shipping Zone 9) where you can track your package until it arrives safely at your doorstep. If you made the order while logged into our system as a registered customer, you will also have the ability to check the status of your order and get your tracking information from the My Account or Account Management & Customer Service area. Please note that your tracking email will originate from either FedEx.com, @fedex.com, or USPS.com, @usps.com, so please add the appropriate domain(s) to your email whitelist to ensure you receive status updates and tracking information about your order.
Note As of 9/1/2023: Unfortunately due to higher shipping fees and material costs we have had to update our shipping charges. Shipping charges are now zip code-zone based in combination with the number of plant units in your order: plants in 2.25-4.5 inch pots count as 1 unit each and quart sized pots are counted as 2 units each due to their higher weight and size. In an effort to economize costs, the shipping charges are now the same for 1-4 plant units and are then increased in multiples of 4 units each. In other words, assuming all pots sizes in the order are 2.25, 3.5, or 4.5 inch pots, it costs as much to ship 1 plant as it does for 4 plants, and then it costs the same to ship 5 plants as it does 8 plants. By filling the box out the shipping cost per plant will be the most economical.
You can find your shipping cost by clicking the Calculate shipping cost link in the minicart for users on a PC or Mac and from the View Cart page on mobile platforms. Registered customers who are logged into the website will automatically have their shipping costs updated while they shop. Enter your zip code here to find your FedEx/USPS shipping zone, total plant units, and shipping cost.
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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 customer service phone hours are from about 8AM-5PM CST daily. Please Note: We do not offer onsite sales and can only offer curbside pickup if arrangements have been made with our staff. Feel free to call us anytime during normal hours and John will do his best to take your call.
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( 337 ) 375 - 2114
1240 Smith Rd
Merryville, LA 70653
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