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These heat loving summer flowering beauties are sure to bring the color of the tropics to your garden and patio. We have a huge selection of beautiful, unusual, exotic, as well as rare tropical and subtropical plants for gardens, containers, and greenhouses.

White Sky Flower, Golden Dewdrop

Duranta erecta 'Alba'  

Pure-white 1/2" blooms are born in grape-like drooping clusters from spring/summer to frost on this large tropical shrub sometimes grown as a tender perennial or annual. In freeze-free climates the Duranta can be used as a hedge or screen or train them into beautiful small trees. In the mildest portions of zone 8B-9 it will often act as a die-back perennial. The blooms are followed by 1/2" golden berries giving it the name of 'Golden Dewdrop'. Item# 737.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4'W (8-10'H x 10-15' in mild climates)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Large 3" white trumpets adorn this vigorous perennial vine in summer and are born in clusters in the leaf axils. The White Sky Vine is vigorous enough to cover a 20' trellis by mid-summer and is considered a root hardy perennial into zone 8. The dark green, velvety foliage provides a nice foil for the pure white, yellow throated flowers. Item#  10347.

Grows To: 15'-30'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

White Woodland Painted Petals, White Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa 'Alba', Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa  

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of pure white 1" wide flowers in late spring and early summer. An uncommon pure white form of Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa var. alba is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 11792

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12"W space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch T / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Woodland Painted Petals, Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa, Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa  

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of deep coral 1" wide flowers that have a contrasting splotch of dark orange-red at the base of the three lower petals that acts as a 'bee guide' and the flowers are produced over an extended period in late winter, early spring, to spring depending on your zone. Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa, is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 12370

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12"W space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch T / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Xena Angel's Trumpet, Wedding Bells

Brugmansia x cubensis 'Xena'  

Large, dark pink, long lasting, fragrant trumpets with an almost glossy appearance are produced in summer on this Angel's Trumpet. Xena is a vigorous grower and the flowers can darken to near red. Item # 9250

Grows To: 5-8'H x 3-7'W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun(with midday shade in S), Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Yellow Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium flavescens  

Creamy yellow fragrant flowers with deeper gold markings are produced in fall atop the tall naturally arching to leaning stems adorned with large rich green tropical foliage. The Yellow Butterfly Ginger has flowers very similar and shape to the White Butterfly Ginger. This is one of the most vigorous (read tall) species that we grow so plan to give it plenty of room. Prefers cool sunlight like early morning or late evening as well as filtered sunlight. Provide the Yellow Butterfly Ginger with a moist rich soil for the best results. Item# 11527

Grows To: 7-9'H space at 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Part sun, *Mostly sunny, *Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clusters of sunny yellow 1" orchid-like flowers are borne in spring and summer and into fall and are followed by chartreuse butterfly-like seed pods that fade to brown. A vigorous and hardy yet well-mannered twining climber the Yellow Butterfly Vine can grow to 15-20' high if given support or it can easily be maintained on a fence, trellis, or arbor. This woody naturally evergreen vine can also be grown as a mounding shrub to 4-6' high. Where not hardy the Yellow Butterfly Vine is easily maintained as a container plant. The beautiful flowers provide nectar and pollen to a variety of garden beneficials including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Item# 745.

Grows To: 12-20'+H x 20-30'W, 4-6'H Shrub
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Yellow Cape Honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis 'Aurea', Tecomaria capensis, Bignonia capensis, T. petersii  

A beautiful clear yellow Cape Honeysuckle that produces masses of 2" tubular flowers in large clusters in summer and fall or nearly continuously throughout the year under frost free conditions. This easy heat and sun loving tropical can be grown as a medium to large arching shrub or hedge, vine or espalier, and can be trained into tree standards. The tubular flowers are a treat for hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Where not hardy it is easily maintained as a container plant. Item# 746.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W, to 20' as a vine in frost free climates.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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This rare yellow flowered form of Chinese Hat produces yellow tubular blooms that emerge from the Chinese hat-like yellow calyxes are produced from late summer to autumn along the arching stems of this unusual shrub. An excellent late summer and fall flowering shrub-like to die-back perennial for a sunny location. Easy and begins flowering just in time for the Hummingbird migration southward. Provide a deep winter mulch in the northern portions of its range. Item# 10036.

Grows To: 4-10'H x 5-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Yellow Firecracker Fern, Firecracker Plant, Coral Fountain Plant, Russellia

Russelia equisetiformis lutea, R. juncea lutea  

The Yellow Firecracker Fern produces loads of 1" creamy yellow tubular flowers that are born in large loose clusters throughout the warmer months of the year or nearly year round where winters are mild. Excellent for Hummingbirds! Plant it with the red for a colorful show. This is a durable and long-lived, clump forming perennial that requires little additional care once well-established. The Firecracker Fern has excellent heat and sun tolerance as well as moderate drought resistance once well-established. It is even listed as being suitable for xeriscaping. Firecracker Fern is listed as a Texas A&M Outstanding Coastal Plant. Item # 752.

Grows To: 2-4'H+ x 3-5'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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From spring to fall a near continuous display of the 2-3" wide bright sunny yellow trumpets are held against a foil of deep green glossy foliage. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The Yellow Mandevilla, Pentalinon luteum or Urechites lutea, is a vigorous twining, naturally evergreen, tropical vine native to southern Florida, the Caribbean, and Honduras. It is vigorous enough to cover a small arbor or medium-sized trellis but is mannerly enough to be maintained on a smaller 3-4' high support where it can be enjoyed as container plant for a sunny patio. Provide the Yellow Mandevilla with a fertile, average moist, average to well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site for maximum flowering and vigor. Item# 12385

Grows To: 10-15'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Yellow Orchid Cactus, Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum 'Yellow'  

6" yellow, star-like blooms remain open for 2-3 days. An easily grown cactus-like plant with 1.5" wide, flat, scalloped branches to 8'. Great in hanging baskets. Item # 1133.

Grows To: 3'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade

6" yellow, star-like blooms remain open for 2-3 days. An easily grown cactus-like plant with 1.5" wide, flat, scalloped branches to 8'. Great in hanging baskets. Item# 9873.

Grows To: 3'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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A rare or uncommon color form of the common Red Shrimp Plant, the Yellow Queen Shrimp Plant produces a continuous display of upright to arching spikes composed of large showy light yellow to chartreuse colored bracts from which the individual white tubular flowers emerge in spring and summer to year round under warm tropical conditions. It displays the same habit and exceptional flower power of its maroon-red bracted cousin making a beautiful display as a container plant specimen and in mixed container gardens as well as in the garden and landscape. The common Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana, is a heat loving, naturally evergreen, bushy, tropical plant with dark olive green foliage and grows to about 24" high by about 18" wide. It is both full sun and bright shade tolerant but tends to have the densest branching habit where it receives at least 4 hours or more of direct sunlight. Provide an average to well-drained, moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Attracts hummingbirds and the occasional larger butterfly and is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Caterpillar host: Cuban Crescent, Texan Crescent, White Peacock, and Malachite. Item# 1170

Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Pure white 2" long tubular flowers emerge from between the spikes of golden yellow, long lasting, showy bracts nearly throughout the year where kept from cool temperatures. The Yellow Shrimp Plant, Pachystachys lutea, is an easy to enjoy and popular shade loving naturally evergreen tropical that slowly builds into a shrubby perennial with large dark green foliage. Its an easy and rewarding choice for a shaded porch or patio where it will add a little tropical flair. The flowers attract hummingbirds and other long-tongued pollinators. Provide an average moist to moist, fertile, average to well-drained soil in a shaded site for optimum growth and vigor. This is a true tropical plant that prefers temperatures above about 60oF and can be overwintered indoors in an area with high indirect sunlight but plants can tolerate some direct sunlight, preferably cool or filtered, during the early or very late part of the day. *Note: In more northerly latitudes and/or cool summer climates plants are generally better able to tolerate full sun. Item# 3042

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade, *Full sun, *Mostly sunny

Yellow Vriesea Bromeliad

Vrisea 'Yellow'  

Long-lived flattened spikes composed of vibrant golden yellow bracts emerge from the low cupped rosettes of smooth rich green foliage in midspring and under good conditions it may be in flower again for the winter holidays. The sunny yellow tubular flowers emerge one or two at the time from between the bracts. The neat compact habit, vigor, and long-lasting colorful bracts make this Vrisea hybrid an easy choice for adding that lush tropical look any shaded area of a patio, porch, atrium, or as an indoor plant. A choice plant as a center piece for outdoor sitting areas. Provide high humidity in an area with medium to high indirect light for optimum growth and flowering. Multiplies readily. Item# 12763

Grows To: 8-10"W x 6-10"H
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Yellow Walking Iris, Hand of God, Steyermark's Trimezia

Trimezia steyermarkii, (Neomarica longifolia is a common but incorrectly applied name for this species)  

Yellow iris-like 2" flowers with brown markings are borne on tall stems practically all year where protected from frost. As a garden plant in areas where winters are cold, like zone 9, the foliage can freeze back at temperatures below about 28oF. The upright sword-like medium green foliage grows to 24-30" high. As the 'walking' portion of the name implies, the Yellow Walking Iris produces young plantlets on the spent flowering stems and once they are large and heavy enough the supporting stem will be pulled to the ground where the young plantlets can root into the soil and grow. Makes an easy and low maintenance container plant for the porch or patio. Item# 758

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,(9A with protection)
Grows To: 24-30''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, Filtered shade, Cool sunlight

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia pauciflora  

Fragrant 2" blooms were purple yesterday, lavender today, and white tomorrow. A woody shrub-like tropical producing clusters of blooms in summer. Attracts butterflies. Item # 759.

Grows To: 6'H x 4'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Zebra Plant, Calathea, Prayer Plant

Goeppertia zebrina, Calathea zebrinus  

The ovate light green tropical foliage is alternately banded with contrasting dark and light green and has a light green midvein and edging. The Zebra Plant, Goeppertia zebrina previously Calathea zebrinus, adds a delightful tropical look whether it is used as a specimen container plant or as a perennial in shaded gardens and landscapes. This is an easy to grow tropical, naturally evergreen, rhizomatous perennial from southeastern Brazil that prefers an average moist soil rich in organic matter with good drainage as it never wants to remain soggy wet. Prefers high humidity levels which may be supplemented when grown indoors by setting it in a saucer fill with rocks and water. The Zebra Plant has earned the Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit for its easy going yet durable nature. Item# 12291

Grows To: 24-36"H x 12-18"W space about 8" or more apart
Outdoor Light: Bright shade, Light shade, Cool sunlight like very early morning sun

Zexmenia, Orange Wedelia, Orange Zexmenia, Texas Creeping Oxeye, Hairy Wedelia

Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida, W. hispida, W. texana, Zexmenia hispida  

Bright orange, 1" wide upward facing daisies are produced from spring to fall atop wispy wiry stems and are held above the deep green, fuzzy foliage attracting a variety of smaller pollinators including bees and butterflies. Zemmenia, Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida, is a low growing naturally mounding, drought resistant, Texas tough, small native shrub-like perennial that is a mainstay of pollinator gardens from central Texas to the Rio Grande Valley as well as along the southwestern border and into Mexico. It seems to flower best and have the tidiest habit in full sun but can tolerate some shade but it may be at the expense of flowers. Zexmenia generally prefers a well-drained sandy or rocky soil but is adaptable to good garden soils as long as the plants have good to excellent drainage. It also makes a forgiving container plant but again provide sharp drainage. The butterfly in the image is a Western Pygmy Blue. Item# 13085

Grows To: 1-2(-3)'H x 1-2(-3)'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

White Sky Flower, Golden Dewdrop

Duranta erecta 'Alba'  

Pure-white 1/2" blooms are born in grape-like drooping clusters from spring/summer to frost on this large tropical shrub sometimes grown as a tender perennial or annual. In freeze-free climates the Duranta can be used as a hedge or screen or train them into beautiful small trees. In the mildest portions of zone 8B-9 it will often act as a die-back perennial. The blooms are followed by 1/2" golden berries giving it the name of 'Golden Dewdrop'. Item# 737.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4'W (8-10'H x 10-15' in mild climates)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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