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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 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

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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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General Pershing's Double Red Oleander

Nerium oleander 'General Pershing'

General Pershing Double Red Oleander boasts big beautiful double red blossoms in large bouquets at the end of weeping stems. One petal of each flower is often streaked with a bright contrasting white. This beautiful double red oleander is considered fairly cold hardy and while the stems of ours, here in Louisiana, froze to ground level during the winters of 2009-10 and 2010-11, they did return from the roots. Many others have mentioned that General Pershing is probably best left to large containers in areas north of zone 9,10, and 11 where it can grow to become a fairly large evergreen shrub or small weeping tree standard. Item# 11271 
 

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11, 8B with protection
Grows To: 6-12'H x 8-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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A thornless Crown of Thorns that produces a Non-Stop show of bright glowing red, 1-1/2" wide crown of thorn blooms nearly throughout the year atop the thornless stems and glossy green foliage. One of our favorites! Can be trained into a beautiful and exotic small tree standard. We have seen hummingbirds, butterflies, and even lizards nectaring from the profusion of flowers. Item# 9152.

Grows To: 3'H x 2'W (can reach 12'H in time)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Getty White Lily of the Nile, Agapanthus (Cold Hardy, White)

Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis 'Getty White'

Large ball-shaped clusters of pure white trumpet shaped flowers are produced in late spring and summer atop sturdy 2-3' high stalks attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Getty White Agapanthus, a seed grown strain of Agapanthus praecox ssp. orientalis, is one of the more reliably cold hardy Agapanthus cultivars that naturally goes dormant in fall. This is a clump forming perennial with rich green strap-like foliage that is sure to add a tropical flare to any sunny well-drained garden or landscape setting. Even though it is fairly cold tolerant, the plants will still benefit from a breathable mulch in any area that experiences freezing temperatures for extended periods. Agapanthus are somewhat drought resistant once well-established but generally prefer an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site. Deer and rabbit resistant and moderately salt tolerant. Makes an easy and low maintenance container plant where not hardy. Item# 12768

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W space about 12'' or more apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Clusters of Viburnum-like creamy white flowers to 4" across are produced in spring and are followed by black fruit but one of the most attractive features of this unusual Dogwood is its peeling white, gray, to green bark and its neatly rounded crown. The Ghost Dogwood or Wilson's Dogwood, Cornus wilsoniniana, was discovered and introduced to western horticulture by the famed plantsman E.H. Wilson, but is unfortunately still rare in the US. The light green evergreen to deciduous foliage is glossy on its surface and has a whitish reverse and is reminiscent of the Kousa Dogwood. The fall foliage of the Ghost Dogwood can range from yellow into reds where it receives at least half of a day of direct sunlight even here in the southern US. It gets its common name from its white bark and the specific epithet is in honor of E.H. Wilson. It is considered to be a choice, single to multi-trunked, small to medium-sized street tree growing to 15-50'H, occasionally exceeding 100'H, and prefers a well-drained, average moist acidic soil. The Ghost Dogwood is tolerant of full sun to part shade and has excellent resistance to Dogwood anthracnose and powdery mildew. Item# 12244

Grows To: 15-50'H x 10-30'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade

Giant Blue African Salvia, Giant Salvia

Brillantaisia nitens, B. cicatricosa, B. subulugarica, B. grandidentata

An unusual plant rarely found for sale in the US, Giant Blue African Salvia produces spikes, up to 16" high, of blue to purple, up to 2" long, hooded, two-lipped, tubular, lightly fragrant flowers throughout the warmer months of the year with the heaviest flowering in spring and late summer and fall. A vigorous tender herbaceous plant with very large tropical foliage and square stems that can easily reach 6-9' high and may grow to 15' high becoming tree-like in its native habitat. Item# 10703.

Grows To: 6-9'H x 4-6'W, up to 15'H where frost free
Outdoor Light: Full sun*, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The Giant Chenille Plant produces up to 18" long, drooping, fuzzy, scarlet catkins throughout the warmer months of the year or year round under warm warm tropical conditions. A naturally upright growing tropical shrub that is close kin to the Copper Plant, the Giant Chenille will grow and flower in full sun or under light shade. The large, heart-shaped, medium green foliage provides a nice backdrop for the bright red dangling flower clusters. Easy enough to grow in containers on the patio, by the pool, or in the ground in the warmest tropical climates. Item# 428

Grows To: 3-5'H x 1-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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The large 1-1/2" long tubular color-changing flowers are produced in spike-like clusters from the leaf axils and start out yellow and fade through orange into red tones and are held on 3-4'H sturdy stems. The flowers are produced during the spring, where plants are not frozen to the ground, and/or in fall just in time for migrating hummingbirds. The Giant Cigar Plant, Cuphea micropetala, is a herbaceous, slowly spreading, upright to branching perennial cloaked in dark green glossy foliage. Considered by many to be the most reliably cold hardy Cuphea species surviving into zone 7B if provided a breathable winter mulch. It typically spreads stoloniferously and via rhizomes but is not considered invasive or aggressive. As with basically all Cupheas, the Giant Cigar is heat and sunloving and will benefit from average moisture, in fertile soils with average or better drainage. Where not hardy it can easily be maintained as a medium to medium-large container plant. Item# 429

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

The fragrant very large 5" wide cupped flowers, when pollinated, produce the largest fruit of any of the Passion Fruits and mature to be 5-6" wide and 8-12" long (wow!). The Giant Granadilla, Passiflora quadrangularis, is a vigorous tropical vine with winged square stems and large oval leaves. It prefers a deep, well-drained, moist to average moist, fertile soil and a full to partly sunny position. High humidity and temperatures of 60oF or more are required for fruit set and pollination. The Giant Granadilla is considered to be self-sterile and so it requires another species or a different clone (ours are clonally propagated), like Passiflora phoenicia 'Ruby Glow', for cross pollination. Item# 11818

Grows To: 20-30'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Long lasting pairs of large rounded orange to coral colored bracts surround the small yellow true flowers of this exceptionally free flowering and easy to grow giant form of the Crown of Thorns. Established plants can flower continuously throughout the year when grown under frost and freeze free conditions and preferably when kept above 50oF. The Orange Giant Crown of Thorns, a selection of Euphorbia milii var. hislopii, is a naturally upright to rounded evergreen shrub and makes for an easy and forgiving indoor, porch, or patio specimen plant. Provide a well-draining soil to cactus-like soil although they are fairly adaptable. Thrives even under hot sunny conditions as well as in a sunny window. Item# 12708

Grows To: 2-4'H x 1-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Giant Pink Earth Star, Cryptanthus

Cryptanthus bromelioides 'Giant Pink'

Bright pink foliage have irregular stripes of green across the foliage making a beautiful large rosette. Use this beautiful larger growing Cryptanthus in mixed container gardens or as an underplanting for larger growing tropicals. Easy to grow. Item # 1037.


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Grows To: 6-10''H x 10-16''W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Early AM sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Giant Pink Turk's Cap, Mazapan, Malvaviscus

Malvaviscus penduliflorus 'Rosea'

Giant Pink Turk's Cap produces a seemingly endless display of 2-3" long, pendant, sleepy light pink flowers from late summer through spring where kept free from frosts and provided with ample sunlight. Smooth, narrow, waxy, rich green foliage. Excellent for Hummingbirds and other long-tongued pollinators. This is a vigorous, shrub-like woody perennial that can reach 8-12' in mild winter climates and few plants can compete with the enormous amount of flowers that this plant can produce. Item# 566.

Dr. Allen says "Butterflies drink lots of nectar from these plants and I find the pink to have smaller leaves and to be in flower later in the year and thus are used by migrating monarchs. The caterpillars of the io moth (Automeris io) and Straight Lined Mallow Moth (Bagisara rectifascia) are reported to use these plants.'

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11, (8B with protection)
Grows To: 5-8'H+ x 4-6'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Giant Pink Turk's Cap, Mazapan, Malvaviscus

Malvaviscus penduliflorus 'Rosea'

Giant Pink Turk's Cap grown  in a quart pot produces a seemingly endless display of 2-3" long, pendant, sleepy light pink flowers from late summer through spring where kept free from frosts and provided with ample sunlight. Smooth, narrow, waxy, rich green foliage. Excellent for Hummingbirds and other long-tongued pollinators. This is a vigorous, shrub-like woody perennial that can reach 8-12' in mild winter climates and few plants can compete with the enormous amount of flowers that this plant can produce. Item# 12717

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11, (8B with protection)
Grows To: 5-8'H+ x 4-6'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Long lasting pairs of large rounded deep red bracts (think of the Poinsettia) surround the small yellow true flowers of this exceptionally free flowering and easy to grow giant form of the Crown of Thorns. Established plants can flower continuously throughout the year when grown under frost and freeze free conditions and preferably when kept above 50oF. The Giant Red Crown of Thorns, a selection of Euphorbia milii var. hislopii, is a naturally upright to rounded, tropical evergreen shrub and makes for an easy and forgiving indoor, porch, or patio specimen plant. Provide a well-draining soil to cactus-like soil although they are fairly adaptable. Thrives even under hot sunny conditions as well as in a sunny window. Item# 540

Grows To: 2-4'H x 1-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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