Saturday, April 23 @ 9:00am–12:00pm at the Botanical Garden Parking Lot (Due to road closure at Botanical Parkway, please use alternate route via Mohawk Drive or Seminole Rd to access the Botanical Garden parking lot.)
Liven up your landscape this growing season with a wide selection of flowers, shrubs and trees available during Riverbanks’ spring plant sale. Pick from more than 60 varieties of plants including a few staff favorites.
Acalypha pendula — Chenille Plant
We use Acalyphas at Riverbanks all the time to add a pop of unusual tropical color to our landscapes and containers. This one is no different! This trailing Acalypha, while being a tender tropical, packs a punch for hanging baskets and mixed containers with its unusually long, fuzzy red blooms. Prefers part sun to dappled shade, medium moisture, and rich soil.
Acca sellowiana — Pineapple Guava
This glaucous evergreen shrub averages up to 10' in height but can be pruned if a smaller plant is desired. Grow this one for the exotic flowers in summer. The petals are bicolor with red on top, white beneath. Fire engine red stamens erupt from the center of the flower, each one tipped with a cream colored anther. Full sun with average water and soil are all that is required.
Acorus gramineus ‘Minimus Aureus’ — Dwarf Golden Sweet Flag
This diminutive little groundcover is just as cute as it can be! Grass-like golden leaves are evergreen and only about 3” tall. It is a slow spreader, reaching about 2' wide in several years. It makes a great filler for containers and between stepping stones. And its size is ideal for fairy gardens and terrariums. Part sun to light shade. Prefers moist to wet soil.
Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’ — Whale’s Tongue Agave
Famous for their drought tolerance, Agaves are the answer to the lazy gardener’s dreams! ‘Vanzie’ features large, powder-blue leaves with wavy edges and does not offset. It is fast growing, reaching 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide at maturity. This is one of the best “blue” agaves for wet, cold winters; but as with all agaves, good drainage in winter is essential. Full sun.
Albizia julibrissin ‘Summer Chocolate’ — Mimosa
This new variety of mimosa took the gardening world by storm several years ago when it first appeared on the market. The feathery, bronze-purple leaves begin to emerge in spring and darken as the seasons go on. While perfectly fine with its foliage alone, the powder-puffs of pink flowers are an added bonus in the summer. Full sun to light shade. 20' to 40' tall.
Alocasia ‘Regal Shields’ — Elephant Ear
Another fine elephant ear with glossy, almost black, foliage with burgundy coloring underneath. This gem will get to be around 3' tall. Great choice for containers. Full sun to light shade in rich, moist soil. Note: this may not be reliably hardy in our climate.
Aquilegia canadensis — Red Columbine
This lovely native perennial is great for those garden spots where you need that woodland feel, with an interesting flower to boot! The nodding red and yellow spurred flowers appear in spring on up to 2' tall stalks from bluish gray leaves. Provides an early nectar source for hummingbirds! Grows 2' tall and 1' wide in average moist soil. Full sun to shade.
Argyreia nervosa — Wooly Morning Glory
Wooly morning glory is a hard to find annual vine that features large, heart-shaped leaves with a tropical feel. The silvery fuzz of the stems and undersides of the leaves illuminate the plant, as do the lovely lavender blooms in late summer. The seed pods resemble woodrose and are popular in dried arrangements and potpourri. Full sun with moist, well-drained soil is best.
Aspidistra elatior ‘Akebono’ — Daybreak Aspidistra
This tough-as-nails cast iron plant has 2-½' tall green leaves that are highlighted by a thin, yellow stripe down the center of each leaf. Perfect plant for dry shade, even under shade trees where there is competition for moisture. This evergreen, clump-forming perennial is tolerant of all but wet soils.
Athyrium ‘Godzilla’ — Giant Painted Fern
A painted fern on steroids! The aptly named ‘Godzilla’ can grow 3' tall and a whopping 6-½' wide. The silvery fronds are sure to capture attention in the shade garden. Some sun will intensify the color so plant in part sun to light shade with rich, moist soil. Best of all, this perennial isn’t prone to nibbling by deer or rabbits!
Baptisia alba — White Wild Indigo
False Indigo is one of our favorite natives, and this one is a great addition to anyone’s collection. With brilliant 3' white spikes of flowers in mid spring and bluish-green foliage, it will make any perennial bed shine. This plant readily makes seeds that you can spread to other beds, or leave seed pods on the plant for attractive winter interest. Needs full sun, medium moisture, and makes a great cut flower.
Brugmansia ‘Inca Sun’ — Angel’s Trumpet
Angel’s trumpets are one of our favorite summer bloomers, but ‘Inca Sun’ is unique in that it begins blooming while small and continues the show non-stop into fall. This cultivar only reaches 4' to 6' tall, making it a perfect patio or container plant. The fragrant yellow flowers are especially aromatic at night. Plant in full sun. Water and fertilize regularly for best performance.
Caesalpinia gilliesii — Poinciana
Native to Argentina, this striking beauty is hardy in the Midlands. The finely cut, fern-like leaves lend a delicate texture to the garden. It blooms profusely with exotic yellow flowers with 4- to 5-inch-long, bright red stamens from spring into summer. Hummingbirds love this small tree. Fast growing—5 to 10 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide—and drought tolerant. Not picky about soil as long as it is well drained. Full sun.
Camellia japonica ‘Jacks’ — Camellia
Garden director Andy Cabe’s favorite camellia, ‘Jacks’, has the most perfect pink double flowers that you would ever want to encounter. Blooms in winter starting in late January into February. Stays compact and will top out around 5 to 6 feet tall. Perfect for part sun to shade in average, well drained soil.
Carex divulsa — Grassland Sedge
This lush, evergreen sedge is one of the most versatile grasses we have grown. Growing only 1' tall to 2' wide, the arching, bright green foliage offers movement and texture to any setting. It tolerates a wide range of conditions — heat and humidity, dry to boggy soils, and sun to shade. It even makes a perfect groundcover in that inhospitable area under trees!
Carex oshimensis ‘Everillo’ — EverColor Everillo Sedge
This great little evergreen sedge boasts arching, golden foliage that tops out around 12" tall. Perfect for an accent in containers or masses in ground for a bold effect. Best in part sun to light shade. A must have for any garden.
Cercis canadensis ‘Hearts of Gold’ — Eastern Redbud
A golden foliaged version of our native redbud. This perfect small tree (15' to 20' tall) is a dual treat in the garden with its lavender flowers in late winter/early spring that appear on naked branches. As it leafs out, the reddish new foliage ages to a golden yellow when planted in sun. This has become a favorite at Riverbanks in recent years.
Chionanthus retusus — Chinese Fringe Tree
This relative of our native fringe tree features the same profusion of wispy, fragrant flowers. The sight of the fringe-like flowers dancing in the breeze is a sure sign of spring. Can be grown as a large shrub or small tree, slowly reaching 15' to 20' tall and 10' to 15' wide. Best flowering in full sun. Prefers moist, fertile soil.
Chrysanthemum ‘Niche’s October Glow’ — Hardy Mum
The beautiful apricot flowers of this hardy mum bring a soft, warm glow to the autumn garden. The flowers tend to open dark and lighten as they age. This evergreen perennial blooms profusely from October until frost. The flowers are fragrant and make wonderful cut flowers. Grows to 2' to 3' tall and 2' wide. Full sun.
Colocasia esculenta ‘Coffee Cups’ — Elephant Ear
The unusual leaves of this Colocasia are upturned, resembling small “cups”. After morning dew or a good rain the leaves will hold small amounts of water that will splash any passerby that bumps into the stem! The dark stems and foliage are a superb contrast to the greens of the garden. Will grow to a 6-foot-tall clump in a sunny spot, sending out little pups as the season flourishes.
Coreopsis ‘Sienna Sunset’ — Threadleaf Coreopsis
A profusion of soft orange blooms, maturing to apricot, covers this compact perennial from early summer until frost. This selection of our native threadleaf coreopsis is sure to attract loads of butterflies to your garden. It is also resistant to powdery mildew, and tolerates drought, heat and deer! Grows 16" to 20" tall and 36" wide. Prefers full sun and well drained soil.
Crinum ‘Rose Parade’ — Crinum Lily
This hybrid of Crinum ‘Ellen Bosanquet’ and Crinum moorei boasts large, burgundy red-colored flowers atop 4-feet-tall scapes. This low maintenance, easy to grow bulb will provide a multitude of fragrant summer flowers for years to come!
Dichorisandra penduliflora — Weeping Blue Ginger
Weeping Blue Ginger is an unusual tropical ginger relative suggested by one of our plant sale patrons! The plant is a tender tropical but can be easily brought in during winter and thrives under lower light conditions. The weeping canes bear long chains of bluish flowers against dark green foliage. Needs dappled shade/part sun and medium moisture. Grows to 4' tall!
Dracunculus vulgaris — Dragon Arum
Here’s an odd herbaceous perennial for the gardener who’s looking for the unique. The fan shaped foliage has spotted finger-like lobes which resemble a dragon’s claw. In April, large maroon-purple spathes around an almost black central spike arise above the leaves. Adds a distinctive flair to any full sun to light shade site in average, well drained soil.
Dyckia ‘Burgundy Ice’ — Dyckia
This pineapple relative makes an impressive focal point in the garden or in a container. The intense burgundy foliage is offset by the white spines along the edges and the white striation underneath. If placed in full sun, it will keep the rich burgundy color year-round. Summer brings vibrant orange blooms which attract hummingbirds. Grows 6 to 12 inches tall and wide.
Edgeworthia chrysantha ‘Winter Gold’ — 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 comosa — Pineapple Lily
This South African native bulb has erect green leaves. While the foliage itself is quite handsome, the real treat are the flower stalks that appear in summer. Each flower stalk is covered with hundreds of flowers and actually looks like a miniature pineapple! Best in full sun. Grows to about 3' tall when in flower.
Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Rosea’ — Pencil Cactus
Not really a cactus at all, this plant can grow to an impressive 6' tall and makes an unique container specimen. It is certain to add a pop of color with the bright yellow and red stems. Best color when in full sun. Though not hardy in winter here, it can be brought in and kept in a sunny spot. Requires low water and bright sun.
Farfugium japonicum ‘Crispatum’ — Crested Leopard Plant
Got shade? Need interesting texture? If so, this is the plant for you! This herbaceous evergreen appreciates a bit of shade. Spikes of yellow, daisy-like flowers emerge in midsummer and attract an array of pollinators. This selection is grown primarily for the wonderful foliage — big, bold, and ruffled. Rich garden soil and plenty of moisture yield the best looking plants.
Farfugium japonicum var. giganteum — Giant Leopard Plant
Talk about a cool plant, the giant leopard plant is amazing! The huge, glossy evergreen foliage, which can reach over 1 foot wide, adds a bold tropical statement to the garden. In fall, yellow daisy-like flowers form above the foliage. Happiest in sun to light shade. Grows 1 to 2 feet tall and wide.
Gloxinia perennis — Canterbury Bells
The beautifully textured foliage with serrated edges is just one reason to grow this Gloxinia. In summer, showy lavender-blue bell-shaped flowers appear along speckled stems. A native of Central and South America, this is a tender perennial for us so mulch well for winter protection. Grows 1' to 2' tall and wide in moist soil; prefers some morning sun and afternoon shade.
Hedychium × moorei ‘Tara’ — Ginger Lily
This ginger lily emerges in late spring with 6-foot spikes of grey-green foliage. In summer it is topped with large spikes of fragrant, bright orange flowers that can reach up to 16 inches in length! It is a hardy clumper that is sure to lend a tropical flair to your garden!
Heliconia schiedeana — Lobster Claw
Any fan of lush tropical plants in the Midlands is sure to want a winter hardy Heliconia! One of the hardiest species, it will die back in winter and returns in spring from the rhizome. Reported to be hardy as far north as Raleigh, it does require 2 years of growth to flower. (It is suggested to place a cage filled with mulch around it for winter.) Grows to 6' tall in part sun to light shade. Keep dry in winter.
Helleborus argutifolius — Holly-leaved Hellebore
The leathery, serrated evergreen leaves alone make this plant worth growing. In winter, clusters of pale green flowers dangling from the stems are an added bonus. More tolerant of periods of full sun than many Hellebores, plant in partial to full shade. 18" to 24" tall and wide. Deer and rabbit resistant.
Helleborus foetidus — Bear’s Foot
Hellebores are great evergreen perennials that provide year round interest. The delicate, dark green foliage of this species is unlike the leathery, coarser texture of most hellebores and is quite handsome on its own. Then the real treat comes in winter when pendulous, pale green flowers appear. And as a bonus, it is deer tolerate! Grows to 2' tall and 1-½' wide in full to part shade.
Hibiscus ‘Heartthrob’ — Hibiscus
We are always suckers for a new Hibiscus, and we are certainly enamored with this one. This compact 4-foot-tall perennial is covered with dinner plate-size deep red, almost black, flowers from early summer into fall. Absolutely stunning. Full sun in rich to average, moist soil.
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Xian’ — Everlasting Opal Hydrangea
The Everlasting series of mop head hydrangeas features strong stems, dark foliage, and long lasting blooms that change colors as they mature. In early summer, ‘Xian’ flowers emerge lavender-pink, changing to lime green with pink markings, finally aging to a celadon green. Makes a superb cut flower (and Mother’s Day gift)! Grows 3' to 4' tall and wide in full sun to part shade.
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ — Oakleaf Hydrangea
An introduction from the U.S. National Arboretum, ‘Ruby Slippers’ is ideal for smaller gardens, and those without much space left for shrubs. Reaching only 3-½' tall and 5' wide, its compact form is dwarfed by 9" upright blooms held above the foliage in summer. The white flowers turn pale pink, aging to a deep rose. The dark green foliage turns a reddish mahogany in fall. Part sun to part shade.
Hymenocallis riparia — Spider Lily
Every garden deserves these easy-to-grow beauties. The narrow, glossy green foliage reaches 15 inches tall and looks great from spring until frost. In summer, elegant white flowers with long, dainty sepals appear atop 18-inch stalks. Spreads to 2 feet in full sun to light shade. Though it prefers wet soil, it is highly adaptable to average soil.
Iris ‘Black Gamecock’ — Louisiana Iris
A must-have for our Gamecock fans! In May, this Louisiana iris cultivar has stunning, dark purple flowers. Forms a large 5' tall clump of sword-shaped foliage that will spread enough in a few seasons to share with your Carolina (and Clemson) friends! Performs well in average garden conditions, but is perfectly suited for wet locations, even in several inches of water. Full sun.
Iris ensata ‘Laughing Lion’ — Japanese Iris
Perfect for soggy areas in the garden, ‘Laughing Lion’ will delight you with large, dark purple blooms in April. The upright, sword-like foliage forms a clump reaching 2' to 3' tall and offers structure to the garden after flowering. Grows in average to wet soils in full sun to light shade, but more drainage in winter prevents rotting. Best flowering occurs in moist, acidic soil.
Kerria japonica ‘Golden Guinea’ — Japanese Rose
This deciduous shrub erupts in late March with one-inch golden blooms. Kerria is a great harbinger of spring and requires very little care. Plant in full sun to light shade in average garden soil. Prune in spring after flowering, as it blooms on the previous year’s wood. Grows to about 6 feet tall and wide.
Kniphofia sp. — Red Hot Poker
If our summers aren’t hot enough for you, plant a few of these rugged evergreen perennials to heat up your garden. Large blooms appear above the upright, arching foliage in summer and attract hummingbirds. Grows to 4' tall in full sun and well drained soil. Drought tolerant once established.
Lavandula × intermedia ‘Phenomenal’ — Lavender
Ever want a lavender that will take the heat and humidity of the deep south? Look no further; this lavender performs well in our summers and can also withstand cold winters. Evergreen silver foliage with lavender colored flowers in summer. Will get a bit over 2' tall and 3' wide. Well drained soil is paramount. Full sun.
Lespedeza liukiuensis ‘Little Volcano’ — Bush Clover
Don’t let the name scare you, this Lespedeza is not invasive and makes a tidy, arching shrub! Along the branches are born thousands of red-purple pea-like flowers in summer lasting into mid-October It prefers full sun, takes pruning well, and can tolerate drought. Reaches 5' to 6' tall by 10' wide.
Leucanthemum × superbum ‘Banana Cream’ — Shasta Daisy
Few flowers brighten a garden like shasta daisies. ‘Banana Cream’ is a compact selection growing 15" to 18" tall and 24" wide. Blooming from late spring throughout the summer, the large yellow flowers age to a creamy white. Plant in average, well drained soil in full sun, but can tolerate light shade. Dead head to promote reblooming.
Liatris spicata — Button Snakewort
Liatris is another one of those wonderful butterfly-magnet perennials that fits into anyone’s yard. In summer, this grassy foliage plant sends up spikes of deep purple flowers which attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumble bees! Liatris is a great addition to a native perennial border. 2' to 4' tall and 1' wide. Tolerant of drought and clay soils!
Lilium martagon — Turk’s Cap Lily
For all of our lily lovers out there, here’s one that will make your neighbors envious. Though slow to establish, this species is very long-lived and free-flowering with up to 50 blooms on a stem. The pale to deep pink flowers hang facing down from stems reaching 4' to 6' tall. Happiest in dappled sun or morning sun/afternoon shade in rich, well drained soil.
Lilium philippinense — Philippine Lily
Imagine an Easter Lily on steroids and you’ve pictured the Philippine lily! Reaching 8' to 10' tall with a multitude of fragrant white trumpet flowers, it is certain to catch your eye in the summer. The wispy foliage grows in whorls around the stem adding delicate texture. Remove the seed pods in fall for use in wreaths and decorations, or leave on to allow self-seeding. Full sun.
Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Silver King’ — Sweet Gum
Here’s a sweet gum you will actually want to have in your garden. The creamy margins on the multi-hued green leaves make the foliage pop, especially against a darker background. In fall, the foliage keeps its creamy margins but flushes to rosy pinks in the center. Makes a beautiful and unusual shade tree. Grows 40' to 50' tall with a spread to 30'. Full sun to light shade.
Magnolia tripetala — Umbrella Tree
This is one of the big-leaved magnolias, and it does not fail to impress! It is found growing wild from the Blue Ridge to as far down as Alabama, so it will take the heat! It often forms a multi-trunked tree, reaching 25' tall and wide with impressive 24" by 10" leaves and 6" to 10" flowers! Loves rich, moist soil. Full sun to part shade.
Millettia reticulata — Evergreen Wisteria
Not a true wisteria, this is a great alternative to the invasive wisteria, and it won’t eat your house. We’ve been growing this vine for years at Riverbanks for its fragrant, deep purple, wisteria-like blooms. With age, it will bloom continuously throughout summer and into fall. It needs a strong structure for its permanent home. Excellent for an arbor! Full sun, medium water, rich soil.
Muhlenbergia dumosa — Bamboo Muhly
This feathery soft grass is a favorite in the garden. Nobody can resist a touch when they pass by. The chartreuse foliage tops out at about 4' in height. We cut this terrific texture plant back to the crown in February. Planting in full sun makes a fuller plant. You gotta have one!!
Musa acuminata ‘Siam Ruby’ — Banana
An amazing red banana with green flecks. Reaching a height of 8 feet in a season, ‘Siam Ruby’ performs best when given full sun and lots of water. Loves heat and humidity! This selection is not hardy in the Midlands, so remove it in the fall and store in a frost free place to plant out again in the spring.
Musa balbisiana ‘Black Thai’ — Banana
No plant gives a tropical feel to the garden like a banana and the winter hardy ‘Black Thai’ is no exception. The deep purple/black trunk continues up into the petioles of the enormous leaves offering rich contrast to the olive green leaves and surrounding plants in the garden. This fast growing beauty can reach up to 18' tall when in full sun, rich soil, and provided plenty of water.
Osmunda cinnamomea — Cinnamon Fern
The striking cinnamon-colored fertile fronds of this native, deciduous fern emerge in spring from the center of the vase-shaped cluster of sterile fronds. A long-lived perennial which thrives in part shade in moist, humus rich soil, it typically reaches 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.
Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’ — Switch Grass
The strong, upright foliage of ‘Northwind’ makes a striking vertical accent in the garden. In late summer, the blue-green foliage is topped with creamy, finely-textured flower panicles which turn into attractive seed heads. The seed heads and yellow foliage adds interest in fall and winter. Grows about 2' wide and 4' tall, 5' in flower. Full sun. Drought tolerant.
Parrotia persica — Persian Ironwood
Parrotia is a deciduous, carefree tree with many pleasing attributes. The tidy growth habit is vase-shaped with a canopy of dark green leaves. The bark on mature trees exfoliates to white, gray, brown, and green. Fall color is orange, red, and yellow. Parrotia is not fussy about growing conditions. They thrive with a half day of full sun and average growing conditions. Typical height is a modest 20' tall.
Phlox ‘Barfourteen’ — Purple Flame Phlox
We were very impressed when we saw this phlox on a visit to our friends at the South Carolina Botanical Garden! With stupendous disease resistance and the loveliest purple flowers, it is a must for the perennial lover. The fragrant flowers are born on 12" strong stalks in the summer and are excellent cut flowers. Grows 1' tall & wide. Full sun.
Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum’ — Variegated Solomon’s Seal
One of the most elegant perennials for the shade garden, the creamy white variegation of this Solomon’s seal is striking. As are the delicate, sweetly scented, bell-shaped flowers that dangle from the arching stems each spring. The flowers are followed by blue-black berries in autumn. Preferring moist, humusy soil in full to partial shade, it will slowly spread by rhizomes to form colonies in optimum growing conditions.
Polystichum acrostichoides — Christmas Fern
A native fern adaptable to a wide range of conditions, from dry to moist soils in part to full shade, the Christmas fern does require good drainage. It will not spread or colonize but the clump will widen up to 2' with time. It is considered evergreen though the glossy green fronds may lay flat in winter and be hidden by leaves. Silvery fiddleheads appear in spring and unfurl to a height of 1' to 3' when mature.
Prunus mume ‘Bonita’ — Flowering Apricot
Truly one of the gems of winter, Prunus mume is a must-have tree. In late winter, before the foliage emerges, this variety is covered with bright pink, semi-double flowers. Will eventually top out at 20 to 30 feet tall with an equal spread. Performs best in full sun and well drained soil.
Rhododendron ‘Hotspur Yellow’ — Deciduous Azalea
We love deciduous azaleas, and this one is no exception. In winter, the naked branches are topped with attractive swollen flower buds that burst open golden yellow in spring. Tolerant of sun and shade, and will reach 10' to 12' tall when mature. Great along the edge of a woodland area, but equally at home in a garden border.
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Barbeque’ — Upright Rosemary
The long, stiff twigs of this favorite culinary herb make ideal savory kebob skewers! The leaves can be used fresh or dried. The extremely upright habit of this evergreen shrub is excellent in the herb garden, perennial border or as a hedge. Thrives in poor soil and needs only occasional watering once established. Full sun in well-drained soil. Will reach 4 to 6 feet tall by 2 to 3 feet wide.
Salvia mexicana ‘Limelight’ — Mexican Sage
In early fall, when there’s not much color left in the garden, this tender perennial puts on a show-stopping display. The bluish green leaves are a perfect backdrop to the vivid purple-blue flowers and their contrasting bright lime green calyces. Butterflies and hummingbirds love this plant, and so will you! Grows 3 to 6 feet tall and wide in full sun to light shade.
Salvia regla ‘Jame’ — Mountain Sage
Another great Salvia to grow in the dry, hot South Carolina sun, ‘Jame’ thrives on neglect making a 3' tall and wide shrub. Starting around September, it explodes with orange-red flowers and continues until the first hard frost. Hummingbirds love this plant! Plant in full sun in average soil.
Sedum ‘Blue Pearl’ — SunSparkler Sedum
The bluish foliage of this evergreen succulent almost looks artificial. The hot pink flowers in late summer are a favorite of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Plant in full sun to light shade and well draining, average to dry soil. 16" to 24" tall and 12" to 24" wide. Drought tolerant. Rabbit and deer resistant.
Senna alata — Empress Candle Plant
This is definitely a Jack-in-the-beanstalk plant. This small seedling can reach 10 feet tall in a growing season. From late summer into fall, the tropical foliage of this annual bursts forth with golden, candle-like flowers. Responds well to fertilization and water. Full sun.
Sisyrinchium californicum — Golden-eyed Grass
The bright yellow flowers of this perennial will delight you from late spring into early summer. The grassy foliage is semi-evergreen and is attractive in itself. Reaching only 8" tall, its diminutive size makes it perfect for the front of the border or in a container. Prefers average to moist soil in full sun to light shade. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds and is deer & rabbit resistant.
Spigelia marilandica — Indian Pink
A southeastern native perennial normally found in woodlands, Indian Pink is an excellent addition to any garden. In spring, the red tubular flowers open to a bright yellow interior and are a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies. Will spread to a small clump about 12 inches wide by 12 to 18 inches tall. Adaptable to most soils, yet prefers well-drained soil. Plant in full sun to light shade.
Styrax japonicus (Benibana Group) ‘Pink Chimes’ — Japanese Snowbell
The subtly fragrant, soft pink flowers of this small, deciduous tree cover the undersides of the branches like clouds of sleeping butterflies. The attractive bright green foliage is held above the flowers. The smooth bark develops cinnamon-orange colored fissures as the plant matures, offering winter interest. 10' to 25' tall and wide. Full sun to part shade.
Vernonia lettermannii ‘Iron Butterfly’ — Ironweed
Don’t let the dainty, fine foliage of this perennial fool you! It is very tolerant of hot, dry locations as it is native to rocky areas in Arkansas. Its dense, compact form will be covered with loads of purple-pink flowers from late summer into fall. A favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies. 30" to 36" tall and wide in full sun.
Woodwardia orientalis ‘Mama Mia’ — Chain Fern
This delightful evergreen fern will lend a tropical feel to your garden. Though slow growing, it can reach 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide when mature. The most fascinating aspect of this beauty is the way it forms little plantlets on the fronds, which can be removed and planted elsewhere. Moist soil in part sun to light shade.