Spring Plant Sale More than 4,000 plants.

Saturday, April 26 @ 9:00am–12:00pm at the Botanical Growing Center (enter from Seminole Dr).

Aloe humilis ‘Andhogp’ — Hedgehog Aloe

The urn-shaped form of this aloe is striking in borders and containers. Vivid coral-red flowers tower over the spiky leaves in spring and late summer attracting hummingbirds. Hardy in zones 9 through 11, it may be kept as a houseplant over the winter near a sunny window. Grows to 20” tall and wide. Heat and drought tolerant in full sun and well drained soil.

Angelica pachycarpa — Coconut Ice

Angelica is one of those bold, glossy plants that amaze us with its winter foliage. This summer dormant perennial will flower with a profusion of white flowers atop a 5’ stalk in 2 to 3 years. The plant grows 2’ to 3’ tall and will liven up your winter garden. It prefers full sun, medium water, and well drained soil.

Antirrhinum hispanicum — Spanish Snapdragon

A perennial snapdragon… for the summer! This wonderful plant has cute yellow and pink bicolored flowers all summer long. It handles our heat and humidity well and will come back every year. Grows to 1’ tall and 2’ wide and prefers a hot, well drained, sunny site.

Aptenia haeckeliana — Aptenia

This petite, South African succulent forms a low growing groundcover. It is also beautiful in hanging baskets. The dark green foliage provides an excellent background for the rich yellow flowers in the summer. Reported to be hardy to about 20°F, it can be overwintered as a houseplant. Spreads up to 2’ in a season. Full sun.

Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Deep Red’ — Blood Flower

This tropical milkweed has star-shaped red flowers with yellow centers from spring until fall. Grown as a tender perennial or annual in our climate, it is a great host plant for Monarch butterflies. Grows 3’ to 4’ tall in full sun.

Aspidistra elatior ‘Hoshi-zora’ — Starry Sky Aspidistra

This hard-to-find selection of Aspidistra is one of the more cold hardy clones. The foliage is speckled with small cream spots and will become more impressive the longer it is established. Forms a slowly spreading clump to 30” in height. Plant in shade with good drainage. Drought tolerant.

Aster novae-angliae ‘English Countryside’ — Aster

Attract butterflies to your late summer garden with the sky-blue flowers of this robust perennial. Deadheading after the initial blooming will increase the show for over a month. Promote denser growth & flowering by pinching back the stem tips in late spring and early summer. Grows 3’ to 4’ tall in full sun.

Athyrium ‘Ghost’ — Lady Fern

A deciduous fern that brings a ghostly gray-green accent to the garden. The silvery tint of the foliage is strongest in the spring. Good in large masses and combined with dark green plants. Grows upright, reaching 24” to 30” tall and 12” to 18” wide. Plant in partial to full shade in rich, moist soil.

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum ‘Lady in Red’ — Northern Lady Fern

The lacy, light green fronds highlight the burgundy red stems of this native fern. Reaching 20” in height and slowly spreading to about 3’ wide, this easy to grow, deciduous fern is perfect in the shade garden. Deer resistant. Rich, moist soil for best growth. Part sun to light shade.

Begonia ‘Cordova’ — Angel Wing Begonia

This angel wing begonia is beautiful on its own in an hanging basket or as a filler in a container. Bronze-red backed leaves cover the branches cascading out in a zigzag effect. Pale pinkish-white flowers stand out from the lush foliage from spring into fall. Rich soil in part sun to part shade.

Begonia grandis ‘Heron’s Pirouette’ — Hardy Begonia

The heart-shaped leaves of this hardy Begonia provide texture in moist, shady gardens. The huge, deep pink flower clusters appear in summer and the plants increase rapidly. Be patient in the spring, as the plants emerge later than many other perennials. Grows 15” tall in part sun to shade.

Brugmansia ‘Miss Emily Mackenzie’ — Angel’s Trumpet

Our new favorite angel’s trumpet! The petals first emerge a pale yellow and quickly turn a soft pink, deepening to a rich salmon. Flowering profusely all summer, the blooms can reach up to 20” in length with extremely long, curled tendrils. Prefers full sun, rich soil and generous watering.

Carex laxiculmis ‘Hobb’ — Bunny Blue Sedge

The wide, bluish foliage and low, mounding habit of this evergreen native sedge makes it an attractive addition to the shade garden or in containers. Will tolerate sun if the soil is rich and moist; otherwise plant in full to part shade. Forms a neat mound to 1’ in height.

Chrysanthemum ‘Cathy’s Rust’ — Hardy Mum

The striking autumn-orange flowers of this garden mum are quite unusual as garden mums go. Just when the garden starts to look tired and faded, this hardy mum explodes with perfect fall color. This vigorous perennial blooms from October until frost and the foliage is evergreen. The 2’ to 3’ height can be reduced by cutting back in midsummer. Grow in full sun.

Chrysanthemum ‘Miss Gloria’s Thanksgiving’ — Hardy Mum

A splash of vivid pink for the fall garden. Just when you think the garden is through, out pops this floriferous, spreading mum. Overly rich soil can encourage mums to flop over; average soil in full sun yields sturdy plants covered with blooms. Cut back in early June for more flowers on bushier plants. Grows to 2’ tall and 3’ wide.

Colocasia esculenta ‘Maui Gold’ — Elephant Ear

The large, golden-chartreuse leaves of this perennial elephant ear erupt from a tidy clump of pale stems arching to 4’ tall. It makes a perfect companion for darker foliage plants. Best growth in moist, rich soil in part to full sun.

Colocasia esculenta ‘Mojito’ — Elephant Ear

This neat new elephant ear has light green leaves with random purple flecking all over the leaf surface. It looks like someone went a little crazy with some splash painting techniques. Plant in full to part sun and rich, moist soil. Will form a nice clump and reach 3 feet tall.

Cordyline fruticosa ‘Miss Andrea’ — Ti Tree

Gorgeous multi-colored foliage makes ‘Miss Andrea’ a perfect substitute for croton and coleus. Whether planted in the ground or in a container, this cordyline is sure to complement its companion plants. Bring in for winter for years of enjoyment. Grows 2’ to 3’ tall in bright shade.

Costus woodsonii — Red Button Ginger

Glossy, dark green leaves spiral around the canes of this tropical beauty. Orange flowers emerge from red, egg-shaped inflorescences at the stem tips in summer and are long lasting cut flowers. Hardy into the low 30’s, it may be brought in as a houseplant for the winter. Will reach between 4’ to 6’ in height in rich, moist soil and partial shade.

Crinum ‘Cecil Houdyshel’ — Crinum Lily

The pink trumpet-shaped blooms of this old Southern heirloom top 3’ tall stalks from May throughout the summer. The sturdy, erect stems and sweet scent of this classic make it a perfect cut flower. Rich, moist soil is preferred but adapts readily to other soil types. Full sun.

Cuphea micropetala — Beetle Sage

This Mexican native is a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies. In late summer, the upper length of each stem is lined with bright yellow flowers that slowly turn orange-red from the base to the tip as they age. Occasionally slow to return in spring, it will reach 3 feet by 3 feet in full sun with amended soil in plenty of time for it’s stunning bicolor display.

Cyperus alternifolius — Umbrella Plant

We love growing umbrella plant for its fabulous, palm-like foliage. A great plant for textural combinations. While it grows fine in normal garden conditions, it also performs well as a marginal aquatic. Grows to 3’ tall in full sun to part shade.

Echeveria pumila var. glauca — Echeveria

Tight rosettes of blue-gray leaves remain low to the ground of this attractive succulent, though the red & yellow flowers can reach up to 1’ tall in spring. It offsets freely and can form a dense cluster over time. Hardy to 15 to 20°F. Plant in full sun to light shade in well drained soil.

Edgeworthia chrysantha — Paper Bush

Paper bush drops its leaves in early winter to reveal smooth stems topped with silver flower buds. From January through March, the buds open to reveal yellow flowers with a zesty lemon fragrance that is impossible to miss. A perfect shrub to place near a walkway or window to fully enjoy its fragrance! To 6’ tall and wide. Part sun to shade.

Eucomis pole-evansii — Pineapple Lily

One of the largest of the pineapple lilies, the leaves of this South Africa native can reach 3’ in height. Greenish white pineapple-shaped flowers stretch another 1’ to 2’ above the foliage in summer. Remarkably easy to grow in average, well drained soil and full sun.

Fuchsia ‘Cascadina’ — Lady’s Eardrops

This is the Garden staff’s top Fuchsia choice for mixed containers or by itself for a dramatic hanging basket. The cascading pink and purple flowers create a waterfall of exotic blooms. While an annual for us in zone 8, it will make an impact all summer with its heat and humidity resistance. It grows to a trailing 10” and prefers part to full shade, medium water, and well drained soil.

Gloriosa superba ‘Rothschildiana’ — Gloriosa Lily

This exotic tropical vine is hardy for us! The vivid red and yellow flowers put on their show all summer long. Reaching 6’ in length, this amazing vine is lovely in containers or climbing arbors, fences or nearby shrubs. Needs well drained soil and full sun.

Gomphostigma virgatum — River Star

This evergreen shrub offers delicate texture and wonderful white flowers in the summer. If you like the manicured look, this is not the plant for you as it has a very loose habit. Native to South Africa where it grows along rivers, yet adaptable to normal garden soil. Reaches 6’ to 7 tall in full sun.

×Graptosedum ‘Vera Higgins’ — Graptosedum

A low-growing succulent ideal for use as a groundcover or in a container. The leaves emerge a ghostly gray and turn bronze with age. Though winter hardiness is questionable in the Midlands, it makes a superb houseplant as it needs little watering. Reaches about 6” tall and can spread 1’ to 2’. Needs very well drained soil and full sun to light shade.

Hedychium ‘Vanilla Ice’ — Variegated Ginger Lily

The dramatic white stripes of the leaves of this ginger are a real eye-catcher. Late summer into fall, the fragrance of the peachy yellow flowers will be vying for your attention. This selection reaches only 3’ in height, making it ideal for smaller garden spaces. Plant in rich, moist soil and full sun.

Hedychium flavescens — Yellow Ginger

Huge pale yellow flowers and glossy green foliage make this ginger one of our favorites. Blooming profusely from late summer into fall, the sweet fragrance perfumes the garden. Reaches 6’ tall in full sun and rich, moist soil.

Helleborus × hybridus ‘Sunshine Selections’ — Hybrid Lenten Rose

These carefree, long-lived perennials provide a wide array of flower colors from winter into spring. They will naturalize in the shade garden, forming a evergreen groundcover over time. Prefers well drained soil rich in organic matter in light to full shade.

Hemerocallis ‘Autumn Minaret’ — Daylily

The impressive flower stalks on this daylily can reach up to 5’ tall, sporting bright yellow flowers that have a touch of blush in the throat. A great daylily for the perennial border, it flowers in July and August and has a slight fragrance. Can be divided and spread throughout your garden. Full sun.

Hosta — Assortment

Choice selections of the shade garden favorite: ‘One Man’s Treasure’ has shiny leaves atop burgundy speckled petioles and will reach 14” tall by 24” wide. The vigorous growing ‘Vulcan’ features creamy centers and forms a mound 17” tall by 28” wide. The large, seersucker leaves of ‘Showboat’ offer great texture and the plant grows to 14” tall by 28” wide. All three prefer part to full shade in rich, moist soil. The summer flowers attract hummingbirds!

Hydrangea arborescens ‘Hayes Starburst’ — Smooth Hydrangea

Mophead clusters of double white flowers grace this native Hydrangea from summer until frost. Prune back in late winter to promote strong new growth and flowering. Grows 4’ to 5’ tall and wide in moist, well drained soil. Best with morning sun and afternoon shade.

Hymenocallis sp. — Spider Lily

Our original plant was rescued from an abandoned motel, so we’re not certain but this spider lily appears to be a selection known as ‘Tropical Giant’. The 2’ tall, glossy green foliage looks great from spring until frost. Add to that the pure white, spidery flowers in summer, and you have a real winner!

Iris ‘Red Velvet Elvis’ — Louisiana Iris

This award winning selection features stunning ruby-red flowers on 3’ spikes in early May. As with other Louisiana irises, it prefers slightly moist, rich soil or to be grown in shallow water. It needs at least a half day of sun for best flowering.

Iris × robusta ‘Gerald Darby’ — Windermere Iris

Spring brings lovely violet blue flowers on this marginal aquatic iris. The foliage will have a flush of purple in spring that fades by summer. Prefers medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Can also be grown in shallow water along pond edges.

Iris sp. — Bearded Iris

We strive to only offer plants we know the identity of, but this bearded iris is too beautiful to resist! In spring, a profusion of pale blue flowers appear on multiple branches to make a long-lasting show. Forms a nice clump reaching 1–1/2’ tall in well drained soil and full sun.

Lilium longiflorum ‘White Heaven’ — Easter Lily

An Easter lily for the garden. Fragrant, white trumpets bloom in early summer on sturdy stems reaching 2’ to 3’ tall. ‘White Heaven’ is easy to grow in average, well drained soil and full sun to light shade. Mulch around the plants to keep the roots cool.

Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Medusa’ — Sword Fern

A delightful new twist to the ordinary Boston fern! ‘Medusa’ features dense, ruffled fronds with a more compact form. An excellent filler for containers and hanging baskets, yet is striking all on its own. The deep green fronds arch to about 12” tall. More tolerant of drier soil than most ferns. Part to full shade.

Osmanthus fragrans ‘Fudingzhu’ — Fragrant Tea Olive

The white flowers of ‘Fudingzhu’ are much larger and showier than the straight species, yet still have the same delicious scents. Be sure to place it near a patio or walkway to fully enjoy the heavenly scent. This evergreen will reach 20’ tall by 15’ wide over time. Sun to part shade with rich, well drained soil.

Polypodium pseudoaureum ‘Virginia Blue’ — Virginia Blue Fern

The unusual silvery-blue fronds of this hardy fern are sure to brighten the shade garden. Slowly spreads from a fuzzy rhizome that inches along the surface of the soil. Color is best in light shade. Reaches 1’ to 2’ in height in rich, moist soil with good drainage.

Rosa ‘Blush Noisette’ — Noisette Rose

This beauty has proven to be one of the best roses we grow! The double, blushwhite flowers are very fragrant and appear from spring until frost. Deadheading promotes additional blooms. It maintains a nice, manageable form 5’ to 6’ tall and wide. Full sun.

Salvia ‘Wendy’s Wish’ — Salvia

Starting in spring this perennial erupts with foot tall spikes of tubular flowers that are a purple-pink in hue. Flowering will continue well into fall. Periodic deadheading of spent flower spikes makes for not only a tidier plant, but encourages more flower spikes to form! Drought tolerant. Plant it in full sun for best results. 3’ to 4’ tall with a spread of 2’ to 3’.

Salvia leucantha — Mexican Bush Sage

Spikes of velvety purple and white blooms top the gray-green foliage of this drought tolerant sage from late spring into fall. Not only is it a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, it makes an excellent cut flower. Grows 4’ to 5’ tall with a width of 1’ to 3’. Adaptable to a range of soil types in full to part sun.

Salvia leucantha ‘White Mischief’ — Mexican Bush Sage

The velvety white flowers of this perennial salvia attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds from late summer until frost. Ideal in containers or in the ground, it will reach 2’ to 3’ tall and wide in average, well drained soil. Full sun.

Schefflera delavayi — Hardy Schefflera

We are excited to offer this relative of the common houseplant that is hardy to zone 7! Evergreen leaves form an umbrella canopy at the top and 3’ long spikes with tiny white flowers extend out in the fall. Prefers rich, moist, yet well drained soil in part sun to light shade. Will reach approximately 10’ to 12’ tall and a width of 5’ to 8’.

Sedum makinoi ‘Ogon’ — Golden Japanese Sedum

This diminutive succulent is hard to miss with its bright golden foliage. It makes a dense groundcover only 2” tall and spreading up to 12”, or can be used as a filler for containers. Needs average, well drained soil. Best color when has some afternoon shade. A “Snow Storm 2014” survivor!

Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Theta’ — Asiatic Jasmine

The prostrate habit and durability of this evergreen jasmine makes it ideal for use as a groundcover or for spilling out of a container. The narrow, dark green foliage is accentuated with a silver mark down the center. Grows 6” to 12” tall and spreading to 20’ as a groundcover. Partial to full sun.

Vaccinium virgatum ‘Brightwell’ — Rabbit-eye Blueberry

This edible blueberry is a vigorous grower and is well suited to the hot, humid climates of the southeast. The sugary-sweet fruits ripen in late spring to early summer. Will grow 6’ to 8’ tall over time. Likes full sun and moist, acidic soil. While blueberries are partially self-fertile, you can achieve better fruit production by planting two or more different varieties.

Vaccinium virgatum ‘Powderblue’ — Rabbit-eye Blueberry

This edible blueberry is well suited to the hot, humid climates of the southeast. The sweet-tart fruits ripen in late spring to early summer. Will grow 6’ to 8’ tall over time. Likes full sun and moist, acidic soil. While blueberries are partially self-fertile, you can achieve better fruit production by planting two or more different varieties.

Zephyranthes candida — White Rain Lily

Lovely white flowers top this easy-to-grow perennial from late summer into fall, especially after a good rain. The grassy foliage remains evergreen into the high teens, but the plant is hardy to 0°F. Will naturalize over time in moist, well drained soils in full sun to light shade.

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