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Find pass-a-long plants that your Grandparents may have grown and shared. These are proven perennials, trees, shrubs, and vines that have been grown and shared in gardens for over 100 years!
 

Sweet Viburnum

Viburnum odoratissimum

The light apple green new growth eventually matures to a medium matte green and in spring pyramidal clusters of small fragrant white flowers are produced at the ends of the stems attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Pollinated flowers develop into 1/4" diameter round berries that turn red and eventually ripen to black. The Sweet Viburnum, Viburnum odoratissimum, is evergreen well into zone 8 but may become deciduous in zones 6-7. This is a vigorous and large growing shrub that can be trained into a treeform or pruned into a neat but coarse-textured hedge. Its lighter green foliage makes a wonderful foil for other plants with darker green foliage and brightly colored flowers. This was one of my favorite hedges to help maintain at 4'Hx4-5'W at Judge and Lady Hall's residence in DeRidder, Louisiana when we still owned Bonny Plants. Provide a full to partly sunny site in an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil for optimum growth and vigor. Item# 12732

Grows To: 4-5'+H x 4-5'+W, potentially to 10-20(-30)'H x 10-20'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Swiss Cheese Plant, Swiss Cheese Ivy, Window Leaf, Shotgun Ivy, Buckshot Ivy

Monstera adansonii (probably), M. friedrichsthalii

A popular and easy heirloom indoor plant with large dark green tropical foliage that is full of holes like Swiss Cheese. The Swiss Cheese Plant will readily cling to a wooden support via aerial roots or it can be allowed to spill from containers and hanging baskets. During the warmer months of the year or in freeze free climates this tropical plant can be grown on a shaded porch or patio. The Swiss Cheese Ivy can also be utilized as a groundcover beneath larger plants that enjoy similar growing conditions. Item# 9613

Grows To: 1'H trailing or climbing to 6' or more
Outdoor Light: Light Shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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This selection of Tea Camellia is as wonderful in the garden as it is in your glass. Tea Breeze produces aprofusion of fragrant 1-2" pure white flowers with a large boss of golden yellow stamens that are set against the deep green glossy leaves. An excellent variety for green tea. Item# 671.

Grows To: 20'H x 15'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clusters of medium sized, double roses that range in color from near white to deep rosy red, depending on their age, and are produced at the ends and along the arching stems of this climbing or rambling heirloom garden rose. Greg Grant, in The Rose Rustlers, states that "when the showy multicolored clusters of 'Tausendschon' are in bloom everybody wants one!" Tausendschön Rose, or the english translation Thousand Beauties, is a reliable,disease resistant, and nearly thornless rambling, scrambling, or climbing heirloom garden rose whose long arching canes can be trained up an arbor, trellis, or along a fence and are sure to provide an amazing splash of spring color.  Provide a full to mostly sunny position with average moisture in a moderately fertile well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11919

Grows To: 12-15'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Triple Lavender Althea, Rose of Sharon

Hibiscus syriacus 'Triple Lavender'

Beautiful 3" wide double bluish-lavender peony-like flowers are borne throughout much of summer on this easy to grow vigorous shrub, which is very tolerant of heat and most growing conditions. Althea or Rose of Sharon is a hardy Hibiscus that naturally develops into a multi-stemmed, vase-shaped deciduous shrub that can be trained into a tree form if desired. Provide an average moist to moderately moist, fertile soil and full sun for optimum growth and flowering. Item# 794.

Grows To: 8'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Tropical Giant Spider Lily

Hymenocallis 'Tropical Giant'

Clusters of 6-8" wide night fragrant white flowers with long thin narrow petals and a wavy circular hymen are borne in summer atop the sturdy 2-3' high stems of this heirloom garden favorite. Tropical Giant Spider Lily is a vigorous clump forming, evergreen (to deciduous where freezes occur) bulbous perennial with large glossy medium green sword-shaped upright to arching foliage that readily multiplies into a dense clump of foliage and flowers. It makes an easy and low maintenance addition to the garden or landscape as well as an easy and forgiving container specimen plant. The lush, large sword-like, rich green upright to arching foliage is attractive even when the plant is not in flower. We ship large established plants growing in their own soil and container. Item# 1239

Grows To: 24-36"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot/ 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Valle Negra Fig

Ficus carica 'Valle Negra'

A cold hardy, productive fig producing medium-small, dark black to purple, pear shaped figs with a rich sweet, strawberry-like flavor and a dark red-purple flesh and an open eye. Valle Negra Fig, which translates to dark valley, is a vigorous and reliably cold hardy fig selected from a tree in the Alps of Italy in the central portion of the Camonica Valley (Val or Valle Camonica). It was discovered and introduced by an Italian botanist who was, and maybe still is, reportedly in search of good quality cold hardy figs and it appears Sergio hit the jackpot with this one. It is considered by some to be one of the better figs for the Northeastern US. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and fruit production. Protect young trees for the first few years especially in zones 8A and colder while they become established. Item# 12923

Grows To: 8-10'H x 8-10'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Vanilla Orchid

Vanilla planifolia, V. fragrans

The Vanilla Orchid is an easily grown vining orchid that produces greenish-yellow flowers, and if pollinated, will be followed by the highly desirable 'beans' used to create Vanilla flavoring. Provide this easy to grow vine with a support, moderate to high light, and high humidity for best results. The flowers will need to be hand pollinated for fruit production. Item# 10433.

Grows To: 6-30'+H
Outdoor Light: Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Dark green curled fleshy foliage, edged in creamy white, is dense enough to appear as a living rope. Great for hanging baskets. From late spring to autumn, bears dense umbels up to 2-1/2 " across of 20 star-shaped, waxy, lightly scented flowers. Unusual. Item# 699

Grows To: May trail to 8'L
Outdoor Light: Light shade

Dark green curled fleshy foliage, edged in creamy white is dense and twisted enough to appear as a living rope. Great for hanging baskets. From late spring to autumn, bears dense umbels up to 2-1/2 " across of 20 star-shaped, waxy, lightly scented flowers. Unusual. Item # 9674.

Grows To: May trail to 8'L
Outdoor Light: Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The large, palmate, tropical-looking, glossy deep green foliage of this Variegated Fatsia is splashed with nicely contrasting bright creamy white making this a standout in shaded gardens. Large loose clusters to 18" or more across are composed of 1" to 1-1/2" diameter, ball-shaped white flowers that are produced in fall to winter attracting an amazing number of mainly smaller pollinators and are followed by 1/4" diameter green berries that ripen to black. Fatsia or Japanese Aralia makes an excellent choice for shaded locations and develops into a medium to large, often multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an initially slow rate of growth that increase to moderate once plants are well-established. Makes a wonderful specimen, informal hedge, or container plant for indoors or out. Provide Fatsia with an average moist, fertile, acidic soil rich in organic matter with average or better drainage. Item# 9305

Grows To: 3-6'H x 3-6'W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Filtered shade, Bright shade, Shade, Cool AM or filtered sunlight
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Possibly one of the most strikingly variegated succulents you will find! The new growth is mostly white to cream with a narrow green line along the midvein and as the densely stacked opposite leaves mature the cream variegation slowly changes to light green. Where the plants receive direct sunlight the foliage becomes tinged with red and pink. The Variegated String of Buttons, Crassula perforata f. variegata, has a naturally dense upright to sprawling habit slowly building to 8-16" high. It is a naturally evergreen miniature shrub-like member of the Jade family from South Africa and it is reported to be hardy into zone 9. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site, or a sunny window, in soils with excellent drainage and the allow the plants to become moderately dry between waterings. *Note: As with many variegated plants, it may benefit from midday shade in hot summer climates. Item# 12293

Grows To: 8-16''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Variegated Toad Lilies, Toadlily

Tricyrtis hirta 'Variegata'

The 18" arching stems are adorned with deep green foliage edged in chartreuse and yellow and by late summer and fall when terminal clusters of orchid-like light purple to white flowers with darker speckling are produced. This Variegated Toadlily makes a beautiful addition to the shade garden where it is sure to shine. Toadlilies or Tricyrtis are slowly spreading rhizomatous winter deciduous perennials that are well suited to partially shaded sites with average moist soils. A few hours of cool sunlight like early morning, very late evening, or filtered shade help to ensure good vigor and flowering. They are generally considered hardy perennials well into zone 5. Item#11796

Grows To: 18-24''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Partial sun, Partial shade, Light shade

Variegated Turk's Cap

Malvaviscus arboreus var drummondii 'Variegatus'

Worth growing just for its randomly variegated bright white and green variegated foliage that is a standout in the garden. The sleepy, deep red 1" blooms glow like Christmas lights against the white and green foliage. Super easy to grow and care for and your Hummingbirds and Butterflies will show their appreciation for this attractive plant as well. This selection does show solid green new growth from time to time which should be pruned away. Item# 712.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 3-5'W, larger in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Veilchenblau Climbing Rose

Rosa x 'Veilchenblau'

One of the bluest of old rambling roses. Less thorny than most roses, vigorous, and fairly disease resistant. Produces clusters of fragrant, small, purple blossoms in spring which darken to a blue-purple as they age. Item # 715.

Grows To: 12'H x 12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 11
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Violacea Silver Squill, Wood Hyacinth, Scilla

Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea'

Loose hyacinth-like spikes of dainty green flowers with recurving petals and contrasting dark purple filaments and yellow stamens are held above the narrow silvery foliage with dark green spots and reddish-purple reverses in spring after a dry winter dormancy. This is an easy to grow dwarf scilla or squill, tentatively Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea' as there are many similar horticultural forms within this species, is a dwarf growing, evergreen herbaceous tropical succulent that grows from a thickened above ground bulb and readily multiplies happily filling its container. This should make an easy windowsill, porch, or patio plant where it receives bright indirect sunlight or a small amount of cool early morning or filtered sunlight. Provide this easy to grow plant with a well-drained, cactus-like soil and allow the soil to become moderately dry between waterings. If it gets too dry it will wilt to let you know but it readily recovers once moisture is applied. During active growth, average moisture is preferred and it can be allowed to remain a good deal dryer when dormant. We ship 3 or more bulbs actively growing in a 2.25" pot. Item# 12453

Grows To: 2-4"H x 6-8"W
Outdoor Light: Bright shade, Cool direct sunlight like early morning or very late evening, Filtered shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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The medium to large mopheads are composed of deep blue to deep royal purple sterile florets that are edged in contrasting light blue to light lavender and are produced beginning in mid to late spring continuing into fall. Violet Crown Big Leaf Hydrangea is a vigorous yet compact plant with good branching habit and established plants can flower from summer to frost under good contidions. It is small enough to enjoy in medium to large containers as well as adding its vivid summer colors to the garden and landscape. Provide a moist, fertile, well-drained soil with shade during the hottest portion of the day in hot summer climates. Images courtesy of Star Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12815

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Violette de Bordeaux Fig, Negronne Fig

Ficus carica 'Violette de Bordeaux'

Violette De Bordeaux, the dark purple form of Bordeaux, produces medium sized purple fruit with dark purplish-red flesh. The tree is dwarf and compact making it suitable for containers and is one the more cold hardy varieties tolerating zone 6 winters. Violette De Bordeaux is considered to be the same as Negronne according to Dr. Ira Condit's Figs: A Monograph. Item# 11127

 
 
Grows To: 10'H x 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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White trumpets, to 10" long, are borne in loose clusters hanging below the large tropical looking fuzzy deep green foliage. Angel's Trumpets are fast growing tropical shrubs that act-like dieback 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# 722.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clusters of pure-white, butterfly-like, fragrant blooms are born in summer atop the tropical foliage and sturdy lush stems. Cut the flowers and put them in a vase and they can perfume an entire room with their sweet fragrance. This is an old garden favorite, easy and reliable. The White Butterfly Ginger multiplies slowly and reliably but generally not invasively. Item # 1065.

Grows To: 4-6'H
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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This uncommon pure white form of the Chinese Ground Orchid produces spikes of almost butterfly-like flowers in spring to early summer, depending on your zone, atop the wide pleated medium green foliage. This hardy heirloom perennial may very well be the easiest Orchid to grow in zones 6-9. Bletillas readily multiply into a groundcover like mass of plants foliage and flowering stems. It prefers a well-drained, humus rich acidic to neutral soil in a spot with cool or filtered sunlight. The Chinese Ground Orchid makes an easy addition to the mixed perennial border in the garden or landscape. It can also be grown as an easy and low-maintenance container plant for the shaded porch or patio. Item# 11791

Grows To: 12-24"H x 12-18"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning sunlight, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Crinum Lily

Crinum x powellii 'Album' or C. moorei 'Alba' most likely

The large pure white football shaped buds open to fragrant white trumpets sitting atop sturdy stems. This vigorous Crinum was generously shared with us by Marc Pastorek of Pastorek Habitats and is similar to Crinum x powellii 'Album' and C. moorei 'Alba' and may be the latter, or a hybrid of it, due to the shape of the medium to light green strap-like foliage. Provide a full sun to part shade position for optimum vigor and flowering. Shipped as an established plant growing in soil in its own container. Item# 11809

Grows To: 24''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The White Four O'Clock is perfectly suited for moon or moth gardens as well as the fragrant garden. The 1" wide, white, trumpet shaped flowers open about sunset for us. A tough and reliable, long-lived, heirloom and an easily shared perennial which produces a large tuber from which it returns to grace your garden year after year. Item # 1124.

Grows To: 24-40''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Lady Banks' Rose, Banksia Rose

Rosa banksiae var banksia

 A vigorous climber with rich green foliage on nearly thorn-free slender branches. Miniature, double, white blooms have a slight fragrance and are quite profuse. Bursts into bloom in spring to early summer; does not repeat bloom. Evergreen in milder climates. A fine climber for arbors. Item 3130

Grows To: 20'H as a climber or 6-10'H x 12-15'W as a shrub
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Sweet Viburnum

Viburnum odoratissimum

The light apple green new growth eventually matures to a medium matte green and in spring pyramidal clusters of small fragrant white flowers are produced at the ends of the stems attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Pollinated flowers develop into 1/4" diameter round berries that turn red and eventually ripen to black. The Sweet Viburnum, Viburnum odoratissimum, is evergreen well into zone 8 but may become deciduous in zones 6-7. This is a vigorous and large growing shrub that can be trained into a treeform or pruned into a neat but coarse-textured hedge. Its lighter green foliage makes a wonderful foil for other plants with darker green foliage and brightly colored flowers. This was one of my favorite hedges to help maintain at 4'Hx4-5'W at Judge and Lady Hall's residence in DeRidder, Louisiana when we still owned Bonny Plants. Provide a full to partly sunny site in an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil for optimum growth and vigor. Item# 12732

Grows To: 4-5'+H x 4-5'+W, potentially to 10-20(-30)'H x 10-20'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 38
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