(Pink Sweet Begonia)
Pink sweet begonia is an elegant tropical perennial with glossy, succulent leaves and delicate marbled pink and pale pink flowers. Native of the Lesser Antilles, it is considered a "subshrub" type begonia with an open, rangy habit. This cultivar cannot handle as much direct sunlight as the white-flowering parent species.
This begonia should be grown in a moist but well drained acidic soil. Since it has succulent leaves and stems, it is important to not expose it to soggy conditions. Use pink...
(Fuzzy Leaf Begonia)
Adored for beautiful blooms and wildly colorful foliage, Begonia is one of the largest genera of flowering plants. There are over 1,500 species and more than 10,000 cultivars and hybrids. They are found all over the world but most originate from sub-tropical and tropical regions.
The plants come in many different forms. They are fleshy, herbaceous and may be annual or perennial. In habit, they can be shrubby, climbing, or epiphytic (tree-dwelling). The leaves are simple or compound...
(Grapeleaf Begonia, Thick-stemmed Begonia)
Attractive green leaves with a light glossy finish and shaped like a more rounded grapeleaf, Begonia reniformis displays upright, wipsy clusters of white flowers intermittently year round. A tender perennial native to Brazil, this species is regarded as a thick-stemmed begonia, growing tall, fleshy stems that rarely branch and can become quite wood-like with age.
The leaves are bright medium green and held out on love, grooved petiole stems in a horizontal manner. Each leaf blade is...
Distinguished by its rosette of stiff, smooth, slender reddish-bronze leaves and by its ornamental, inedible fruit, this evergreen terrestrial bromeliad from northern South America is a close relative of the commercial pineapple. The purplish-white flowers and small, reddish, pineapple-like fruit appear on a stalk that arises from the center of the leaf rosette.
Red spineless pineapple needs a well drained soil and full to partial sun. Insufficient sunlight will result in dull green rather than...
(Purple Trumpet Vine)
Purple trumpet vine is a fast growing broad-leafed evergreen vine that blooms spring through autumn. It is native to Argentina and Brazil. The somewhat fragrant flowers are lavender, violet, or pale purple with throats of yellow.
Purple trumpet vine climbs easily over trellises, fences and walls. Plant it in a moist, well drained soil in partial shade to nearly full sun. It looks its best if given a break from the hottest midday sunrays. Prune the plant back in late winter if it becomes entangled...
Mark A. Miller
What a grand silvery palm! Bismarck palm is an evergreen native to Madagascar. It has a single, stout trunk and a symmetrical crown consisting of large, waxy, silver to blue-green, fan-shaped palm fronds. Its flowers are yellow and occur in the crown of foliage.
Drought tolerant and heat-loving, Bismarck palm requires full sun and does well in a wide range of well drained soil types. Too much shade and the leaves are not as silvery. Its growth and habit will be much better if given ample water...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Brazilian Treefern, Dwarf Treefern)
Dwarf tree fern is a perennial evergreen fern with bright green, lance-like fronds on a slender trunk-like rhizome. They appear in the center crown, unrolling upwards, resembling a fiddlehead. Over time, fronds can grow quite long and beautiful.
Plant dwarf tree fern in moist, fertile, acidic soil in shade and water frequently during the warmth of the growing season. Increased humidity aids in the best development of perfect fronds. Its formal appearance makes a striking accent in the shady tropical...
(Dwarf Treefern, Silver Lady Treefern)
'Silver Lady' is a perennial evergreen fern selection with mildly silvery-green, lance-like fronds on a slender trunk-like rhizome. Over time, fronds can grow quite long and beautiful.
Plant Silver Lady tree fern in moist, fertile, acidic soil in shade and water frequently during the warmth of the growing season. Increased humidity aids in the best development of perfect fronds. Its formal appearance makes a striking accent in the shady tropical garden. Also this fern would be pretty as a containerized...