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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.
 

Flaming Glorybower, Java Glorybower

Clerodendrum speciosissimum, C. fallax, C. buchananii

Clusters of flaming red butterfly-shaped flowers are held in large clusters above the velvety heart-shaped tropical foliage. The nectar rich flowers of the Flaming Glory Bower are produced throughout summer and into fall and attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Makes an easy, medium to large container plant where not hardy. Prefers light shade to cool sunlight and a moderately fertile, average moist, well-drained soil. Item# 9345

Grows To: 5-7'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Part shade, Morning sun, Light shade
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Floribunda Fragrant Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia pauciflora 'Floribunda'

A vigorous and free flowering selection of the common Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, Floribunda produces 2" wide, fragrant flowers that open a deep purple, fade to lavender, and finally to white creating a multi colored effect. The nectar rich flowers are butterfly pollinated. Floribunda is a vigorous grower and a repeat flowering shrub that may reach 6-8'H x 6-8'W naturally evergreen shrub in the garden or landscape where hardy or it can easily be maintained as smaller container plant. Provide a fertile, average to well-drained, moist acidic soil and it is tolerant of *full sun to light shade. Item# 11478

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-8'W, 3-4'H x 3-4'W in containers
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade, Part sun, *Full sun
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Spikes of soft reddish-orange, fan-shaped flowers are produced from spring to frost, or year round under warm tropical conditions, atop this upright to spreading, naturally evergreen tropical. Florida Flame Crossandra or Firecracker Flower appears to be a hybrid selection with many similarities to the red Nile Queen Crossandra, Crossandra nilotica, but it has a taller, more vigorous, somewhat more upright habit with glossy very dark green foliage. *In areas with hot summer climates Crossandras generally tend to prefer cool sunlight, like filtered or morning sun, or very late afternoon sunlight. In cooler climates they can tolerate full sun. Use Crossandras as specimen container plants, in mixed container gardens as well as in the garden and landscape. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Easy, vigorous and floriferous enough to use as a summer annual but can be grown as perennials in tropical climates. They can also be overwintered as container plants where not hardy. Item# 12835

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11,(9? with protection)
Grows To: 12-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Cool morning or filtered sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Light shade, Part sun, Part shade, *Full sun, *Mostly sunny
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Florida Summer Firecracker Flower, Yellow Crossandra

Crossandra infundibuliformis 'Florida Summer'

Spikes of soft orangey yellow flowers are produced from spring to frost, or year round under tropical conditions, on this upright to spreading naturally evergreen tropical plant. Florida Summer Firecracker Flower or Crossandra has a moderately compact habit with rich green foliage whose endless procession of flowers are sure to brighten any tropical scene. In areas with hot summer climates Crossandras tend to prefer cool filtered sunlight, early morning sun, or very late afternoon sunlight. In cooler climates they can tolerate full sun. Use Crossandras as container plants as specimens or as companion plants. In zone 10 they may be used as perennials. We previously offered this as the Yellow Crossandra or 'Lutea' and the two are identical. Item# 11475

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,(9? with protection)
Grows To: 12-18''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Cool sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Full sun*

Florida Sunset Firecracker Flower, Crossandra

Crossandra infundibuliformis 'Florida Sunset'

Spikes of soft orange flowers are produced from spring to frost, or year round under tropical conditions, on this upright to spreading naturally evergreen tropical plant. Florida Sunset Crossandra has a moderately compact upright to spreading habit with rich green foliage whose endless procession of flowers are sure to brighten any tropical scene. In hot summer climates Crossandras generally prefer shade during the heat of the day. Use Crossandras as container plants as specimens or as companion plants or in a shady garden or landscape where they can flower for months on end. Item# 12111

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,(9? with protection)
Grows To: 12-18''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Cool sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Full sun*

Fountain Clerodendrum, Tube Flower

Clerodendrum minahassae

Clusters of fragrant, starry white flowers that open from the end of long tubes are produced from spring through summer on this large fountaining tropical shrub. Clerodendrum minahassae, a.k.a. Fountain Clerodendrum or Tube Flower, naturally develops into a 10' x 10' arching shrub with a vase shaped habit but can be kept smaller with pruning. The flowers of this rare tropical attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and most likely hummingbird moths. Pollinated flowers produce bright red calyces that subtend the blue-black berries and creating a nice contrast with the white flowers. Begins flowering even as a small plant. Provide a full to mostly sunny location for the best flowering and densest growth habit. Item# 11489

Grows To: 8-12'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Fragrant Glory Bower, Cashmere Bouquet, Scented Malli, False Pikake, Glory Tree

Clerodendrum chinense, C. fragrans, C. philipinum, C. fragrans 'Pleniflorum'

Intensely fragrant white flowers, composed of tightly packed, sometimes pink-tinged, petals are borne in large rounded clusters in spring and summer or nearly throughout the year in tropical climates and where protected from freezes and frosts. Large and tropical looking, medium green, fuzzy foliage adorns very upright growing, sturdy, square stems. This is an easily grown tropical shrub-like perennial that may spread vigorously if left to its own devices so consider enjoying the Fragrant Glory Bower or Cashmere Bouquet from a container. Item# 423.

Grows To: 4-6'+H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, AM sun, Filtered shade, Light shade

A low dwarf form of Hoya that trails vigorously, and whose clusters of cream-colored to pure white flowers fill the air with a very lovely perfume for most of the year on established plants grown under good conditions. The Fragrant Hoya, Hoya lacunosa, is wonderful for a small hanging basket, as a groundcover beneath larger plants, and spilling from mixed container gardens in warm shaded sites. Its turn-your-head, intense Jasmine-like fragrance is strongest, even rivalling and exceeding some of the true Jasmines (Jasminum spp.), Gardenias, Night Blooming Jasmine, Night Blooming Cereus, Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia spp. and hybrids) and Sweet Olives, after sunset when the dainty clusters of white nectar rich flowers may turn amber colored due to the dripping golden nectar. A perfect plant to add to a Moon Moth garden setting. item# 10050

Grows To: 3-4''H x 2-3'L
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Bright shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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A low dwarf form of Hoya that trails vigorously, and whose clusters of cream-colored to pure white flowers fill the air with a very lovely perfume for most of the year on established plants grown under good conditions. The Fragrant Hoya is wonderful for a small hanging basket, as a groundcover beneath larger plants, and spilling from mixed container gardens in warm shaded sites. Its turn-your-head, intense Jasmine-like fragrance is strongest, even rivalling and exceeding some of the true Jasmines (Jasminum spp.), Gardenias, Night Blooming Jasmine, Night Blooming Cereus, Angel's Trumpet (Brugmansia spp. and hybrids) and Sweet Olives, after sunset when the dainty clusters of white nectar rich flowers may turn amber colored due to the dripping golden nectar. Both the white or light flower coloration and nocturnal nectar delivery suggest moth pollination. A perfect plant to add to a Moon Moth garden setting. Item# 12171

Grows To: 3-4''H x 2-3'L
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Bright shade
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Fragrant Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Brunfelsia australis (tentatively)

The sweetly fragrant clusters of flowers open purple (yesterday), fade through lavender (today), and finally to pure white (tomorrow) creating a beautiful multi-colored effect on this popular tropical to subtropical naturally evergreen shrub. Flowering occurs in late winter and spring and they are pollinated by butterflies. The Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow can be enjoyed as a container plant where not hardy or in the ground in mild winter regions. It prefers mildly acidic, moderately fertile, average moist soils and cool sunlight to filtered shade. Item# 11168

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning sunlight, Part shade, Light shade
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White petals alternate with lavender sepals that are topped by a wide corona of frilly white filaments that darken to purple. Frederick Passion Fruit is self-pollinating and the flowers are followed by large purple fruit with a sweet tangy flavor once fully ripe that can be eaten fresh or juiced. This is also considered to be one of the most reliably cold hardy Passionfruit varieties surviving well into zone 9. A vigorous dense and free flowering selection. Can be grown as a container plant where not hardy. Item# 11253

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11, (8B?, 8A?)
Grows To: 10-20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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The showy and long-lasting deep red pine-cone like flower heads are produced throughout the growing season and may be produced throughout the year under warm tropical conditions. French Kiss is a selection of the Red Buttons Ginger with a free flowering habit that lends it to use en mass in a partly shaded garden or landscape or as a low maintenance specimen plant for containers. Orange and yellow individual flowers emerge singly or a few at the time from between the showy red bracts that make up the flower heads. Medium green rounded foliage. The flowers of this compact ginger attract hummingbirds and make an easy long-lasting cut flower. We previously offered this item as 'Dwarf French Kiss Red Buttons Ginger' but it appears to grow just as large as the species. Item# 11513

Grows To: 3-4' H
Outdoor Light: Full sun*, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Filtered shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Frosty Pink Angel's Trumpet, Wedding Bells

Brugmansia x sauvoleans 'Frosty Pink'

Large white trumpets heavily edged in a deep rich pink skirt, hang in loose clusters from this large tropical shrub. Angel's Trumpets are fast growing tropical shrubs that act-like die-back perennials in the northern parts of their range but readily return from the roots in spring. They also make easy to enjoy container plants that can be overwintered indoors. Item# 424.

Grows To: 8'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Fruit Cocktail Shrimp Plant

Justicia brandegeeana 'Fruit Cocktail'

The red to pinkish-red and white tubular flowers emerge from between the spikes of chartreuse bracts from spring to fall to year-round under warm tropical conditiosn. The Fruit Cocktail Shrimp Plant, one the newest selections of Justicia brandegeeana, has a naturally more compact, better branching habit than the typical Red Shrimp Plant but in all other regards it is nearly identical. It is quite tolerant of light conditions ranging from full sun to light shade but may have the densest habit in sunnier conditions. The flowers attract hummingbirds, larger butterflies, and other pollinators. Use Shrimp Plants to add color in containers, as a specimen plant or in mixed container gardens, as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide an average to well-drained, moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12724

 

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B?,8A?)
Grows To: 12-18''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Light shade
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The dainty, round and pointed, heavily variegated olive green to coppery green foliage is randomly splashed with silver and white. This tiny trailing Hoya or Waxflower creates a dense mat of foliage that is perfect for spilling from larger containers where it can be used as a groundcover for larger tropicals, as a spiller for mixed containers, or as a dainty hanging basket specimen. Item# 10051.

Grows To: Trailing or climbing to 24"+
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Funny Face Cigar Plant, Cuphea

Cuphea 'Funny Face' PPAF

The super cute, 1" long, hot fuchsia colored, nodding tubular flowers are tipped in starkly contrasting bright sunny yellow and are adorned with two tiny rounded purple to red-purple ears with matching filaments emerging from the tube that are tipped in yellow pollen. Funny Face Cuphea or Cigar Plant is a hybrid selection with a compact well-branched mounding habit and excellent spring to fall flower power all the while attracting hummingbirds, bees, and the occassional butterfly. Use this adorable heat and sunloving tropical in hanging baskets, window boxes and specimen containers, in mixed container gardens as a filler or spiller, or add it to the garden and landscape. Provide a full to partly shade location in an average moist, well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Photos courtesy of PAC Elsner / Westhoff - www.pac-elsner.com / www.westflowers.de, all rights reserved. Item# 12460

Grows To: 12-18"H x 12-18"W possibly slightly larger with age in frost free climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Vigorous, repeat flowering, and reliably hardy to zone 6! Large rounded clusters, to 5" across, composed of deep blue trumpets are perched atop strong 3-4' sturdy stems on a tight clump forming plant with upright to arching narrow rich green foliage. Galaxy Blue Agapanthus has been successfully trialed for over 7 years in Zeeland, Michigan by the folks at Walter's Gardens with excellent reliability, vigor and cold hardiness.Flowering may begin in mid spring in zone 8 but will likely flower in summer where winters are coldest. Use Galaxy Blue Agapanthus anywhere you want to make a statement, including as a specimen container plants. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item#12735

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Morning sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Vigorous and reliably hardy to zone 6! Large rounded clusters, to 5" across, composed of pure white trumpets are perched atop strong 3-4' sturdy stems on a tight clump forming plant with upright to arching narrow rich green foliage. Galaxy White Agapanthus has been successfully trialed for over 7 years in Zeeland, Michigan by the folks at Walter's Gardens with excellent reliability, vigor and cold hardiness. Our plants are in bud at the time of this writing, 5-25-2020, but will likely flower in summer where winters are coldest. Use Galaxy White Agapanthus anywhere you want to make a statement and the flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item#12137

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Morning sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Gaping Dutchman's Pipevine

Aristolochia ringens

Large 7-9" long, elongated, Pelican-shaped flowers are creamy yellow with a bulbous, balloon-like base typical of the Dutchman's Pipevines and the narrow, beak-like 'petals' are heavily accented with dark maroon spider-webbing that nearly entirely covers the creamy yellow beneath. There is a flag-like upper 'petal' with the same markings that becomes frilly once fully open and droops to one side of the large beak-like lower 'petal'. The Gaping Pipevine begins flowering in the spring and may continue through fall under good conditions. The rich green heart-shaped foliage closely resembles that of the Giant and Calico Pipevines. This is a twining tropical Dutchman's Pipevine that is easily grown as a container plant where not hardy. When in flower, the Gaping Dutchman's Pipevine is sure to create interest with its large and unusual, almost alien flowers that more nearly resemble a Pelican in shape. This plant could stop traffic, use caution when planting near roadways! Item# 11399

Grows To: 12-30'H
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade
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Clusters of deep red-orange, 2-3" long tubular flowers are produced throughout the growing season attracting hummingbirds, bees, and even the occassional butterfly. Gartenmeister Bonstedt Fuchsia, a selection or hybrid of Fuchsia triphylla and an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner, is an heirloom variety that has long been a favorite for its flower power, reliability, upright habit, and its cloak of dark green and maroon-tinged foliage that acts as a wonderful foil for the summer to fall display of red-orange flowers. It makes an excellent choice as a specimen plant for a partly shaded porch or patio. Provide a rich fertile, well-drained, average moist soil and never allow the plants to remain soggy wet. Gartenmeister Bonstedt Fuchsia can be overwintered as a container plant in a cool (not freezing) greenhouse or sunroom. Item# 9083

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10B,11,(10A?,9B?)
Grows To: 24-36''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning or very late afternoon sunlight, Filtered shade, Bright Shade
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One-sided, toothbrush-like, upward facing spikes of deep red hooked filaments spring erect from short purple to red-purple tubes from late winter to fall to potentially year-round. Guadi Chaudi Grevillea, a naturally occurring hybrid, is a very low growing, ground-hugging, naturally evergreen shrub with bronze and red-tinged oak-like foliage that can be readily used as a tough drought-resistant groundcover or allow it to spill over walls. Grevilleas need little supplemental water once well-established in the garden or landscape. Grevilleas may also be utilized as cut flowers. Do not use phosphorous containing fertilizers, especially in soil-less potting mixes and soils low in Iron. Item# 12641

Grows To: 1'H x 3-9'W potentially12-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Gem™ Compact Orange Fire Lantana (dwarf bush, orange and red)

Lantana 'Gem™ Compact Orange Fire' PPAF?

The rounded flower clusters open to a bright orange-yellow and quickly deepen into rich red tones. Gem™ Compact Orange Fire Lantana was developed with container culture in mind where they will provide spring to fall color and nectar for pollinators all on a compact rounded plant growing to just 8-10"H x 10-12"W. These versatile heat and sunloving plants can also be utilized for hanging baskets as well as in the garden and landscape. Due to their slow growth rate, the Lantana in this series may not be suitable for cool summer climates. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Images courtesy of Danziger, all rights reserved. Item# 13121

Grows To: 8-10"H x 10-12"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Gem™ Compact Pink Opal Lantana (dwarf bush, pink)

Lantana 'Gem™ Compact Pink Opal' PPAF?

The 2021 Classic City Award winner in the UGA Trial Gardens! The rounded flower clusters open yellow, fade into peach, and then deepen into rich pink tones. Gem™ Compact Pink Opal Lantana was developed with container culture in mind where they will provide spring to fall color and nectar for pollinators all on a compact rounded plant growing to just 8-10"H x 10-12"W. These versatile heat and sunloving plants can also be utilized for hanging baskets as well as in the garden and landscape. Due to their slow growth rate, the Lantana in this series may not be suitable for cool summer climates. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Images courtesy of Danziger, all rights reserved. Item# 13122

Grows To: 8-10"H x 10-12"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Gem™ Compact Rose Quartz Lantana (dwarf bush, yellow and pink)

Lantana 'Gem™ Compact Rose Quartz' PPAF?

The rounded flower clusters open a sunny yellow, fade into pastel peachy and apricot shades, and finally into soft rosy pink tones. Gem™ Compact Rose Quartz Lantana was developed with container culture in mind where they will provide spring to fall color and nectar for pollinators all on a compact rounded plant growing to just 8-10"H x 10-12"W. These versatile heat and sunloving plants can also be utilized for hanging baskets as well as in the garden and landscape. Due to their slow growth rate, the Lantana in this series may not be suitable for cool summer climates. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Images courtesy of Danziger, all rights reserved. Item# 13123

Grows To: 8-10"H x 10-12"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Flaming Glorybower, Java Glorybower

Clerodendrum speciosissimum, C. fallax, C. buchananii

Clusters of flaming red butterfly-shaped flowers are held in large clusters above the velvety heart-shaped tropical foliage. The nectar rich flowers of the Flaming Glory Bower are produced throughout summer and into fall and attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Makes an easy, medium to large container plant where not hardy. Prefers light shade to cool sunlight and a moderately fertile, average moist, well-drained soil. Item# 9345

Grows To: 5-7'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Cool sunlight, Filtered sunlight, Part shade, Morning sun, Light shade
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