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Featured Plants

Information on new, rare, or little-known plants can be difficult to find. Here are some plants that we feel deserve some extra consideration. Watch for the plant that may be just right for you.

Abutilon megapotamicum
Common Name: Trailing Abutilon

Abutilon megapotamicum is a slender branched, somewhat vining deciduous shrub with curious showy hanging lantern-shaped flowers with two tone red and yellow parts. Flowering occurs from late summer into fall. Sometimes used for han...


Ceratostigma willmottianum
Common Name: Chinese Plumbago

This "Plumbago" is a small shrub with small bristly leaves which turn reddish in fall. It has rich blue flowers in summer and fall.  It should have sunny or semi-shady site with well-drained soil and good air circulation.  It is native t...


Zenobia pulverulenta 'Woodlanders Blue'
Common Name: Zenobia, Dusty

This is the blue foliaged form of this fine semi-evergreen ornamental shrub native to the coastal Carolinas. Our introduction, the 'Woodlanders Blue' selection with blue foliage is becoming more widely available. Zenobia was virtually unavailable ...


Hibiscus coccineus
Common Name: Red Rose-Mallow
Tall open perennial with maple-like (or Marijuana-like !) leaves and bright red 3-5 inch flowers. Stamens extend from flowers. A striking ornamental Hibiscus that grows naturally in very wet sites in the southern U.S. but is widely cultivated in any ...

Verbena canadensis 'Homestead Purple'
Common Name: Trailing Verbena

'Homestead' is a vigorous trailing perennial Verbena with dissected leaves and royal purple flowers. This variety found and selected at a homestead in Georgia has become a popular groundcover and garden plant. Long blooming and long-lived it deser...


Jasminum officinale
Common Name: Poet's Jasmine
"Common White Jasmine" is a scandant twining vine with pinnate compound leaves with five to nine leaflets. It is native to the Sino-Himalayan region but has been grown in Europe for centuries. It is not commonly seen in the eastern U.S. but is satisf...

Cestrum nocturnum
Common Name: Ladies of the Night Jasmine
Scandant or spreading shrub in frost free climates but perennial in zone 8. Very fragrant clusters of tubular yellowish flowers that are fragrant at night. Plant in sheltered spot where powerful fragrance at night will be enjoyed. Cut back plants aft...

Erythrina x bidwillii
Common Name: Coralbean Hybrid

This very showy Coralbean is a hybrid between the Argentine E. crista-galli and our native E. herbacea. Perennial in zone 8 from large root stock. Large spikes of vivid red flowers in summer. Cut back plants after...


Lantana camara 'Miss Huff'
Common Name: Hardy Lantana
A now popular form of this very floriferous orange-flowered shrub attractive to butterflies. Discovered in cultivation near Athens, GA, and introduced by Goodness Grows Nursery. Lantana is a good warm climate shrub available in various color forms. ...

Buddleia x weyeriana 'Honeycomb'
Common Name: Yellow Butterflybush
Hybrid between B. globosa and B. davidii. Better and more vigorous than B. 'Sungold'. Obtained by Dr. Mike Dirr from Crathes Castle Garden in Scotland and named 'Honeycomb'. Purchased as the variety 'E.H. Wilson,'it turned out to be a very differen...

Helianthus angustifolius
Common Name: Swamp Sunflower
Swamp Sunflower is a tall robust perennial that can be an aggressive spreader in a moist sunny location. A good perennial plant for the garden with ample space. In late summer and fall the plants are smothered in 2 1/2 inch wide bright yellow flowers...

Illicium parviflorum 'Florence'
Common Name: Ocala Anisetree 'Florence' (variegated)
Native to scattered localities in Central Florida, the Ocala Anise is rare in the wild but widely cultivated in the South. It has highly aromatic olive-green foliage that smells like root beer when crushed and small yellow bell-like flowers in summer...

x Gordlinia grandiflora
Common Name: Gordlinia

Dr. Tom Ranney of the North Carolina State University Experiment Station in Fletcher, NC recently succeeded in crossing the iconic Franklinia alatamaha (which see) with it's relative, Gordonia lasianthus (which see) to ...