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Superbena Amethyst and Sparkling Ruby - Verbena Hybrids

Superbena Amethyst

Amethyst superbena

Superbena is a colorful 'Proven Winner' annual plant that works as a ground cover and is also great in containers.

Superbena plants are drought and heat tolerant. They stay under 12" in height. After relatively long days arrive, they bloom vigorously throughout summer and into autumn. Butterflies are drawn to the flowers.

Our Sparkling Ruby and Amethyst superbenas are planted above the test beds along the drive. (2015)

Superbena Sparkling Ruby

Sparkling Ruby superbena


Top Pot White Scaevola

This Australian native annual withstands heat without wilting and produces blue and white fan-like blossoms all summer.

Drought tolerant, it is low maintenance, grows well in containers, and reaches heights from 6" to 3 feet.

You can find Blue Scaevola in the Entry Garden, and White along the lower walk of the Boulder Garden.(2015)

Top Pot Blue Scaevola

Short Stuff Zinnia Mix

Short Stuff Zinnia Mix

Short Stuff Zinna Mix sports huge double blooms in bold colors on plants just 12 to 14 inches high. The double blooms have rows upon rows of petals, forming lovely pompons that keep their shape and brilliance even in punishing summer heat and humidity. The mix contains all the bright shades for which Zinnia is beloved: white, yellow, orange, red, pink, magenta, and lavender. Its blooms meaure 4 inches across – on a plant that is only 10 to 12 inches wide!

Short Stuff begins blooming with the first hint of summer heat, and continues until the cold fall temperatures arrive. It can be used for filling in those strips along the sidewalk and on either side of the driveway, where other plants bake out in the summer heat. And it's also a happy container plant. When tucked between vegetable plants, it acts as a pest deterrent

In 2015, find this pretty short stuff zinnia mix in the driveway curve outside the fence, near the greenhouse.

Althea Fireworks (Rose of Sharon)

Althea Fireworks

This woody shrub is excellent for late summer garden color. Plants can get to around 12' tall by 10' wide and grow in somewhat of a vase shape. Flowers are white, red, purple, pink or violet or a combination and either single or double.

The plant starts to flower in June and continues through September. It grows well in about any soil and is still doing nicely in our garden. In fact, this plant has enjoyed both the rains of 2014 and the hot weather of 2014!

You can control the size of this plant with heavy pruning in the early spring each year which also helps to produce larger flowers in summer.

Althea Fireworks

You will find this plant in our Fountain Garden and in the Entry Garden by the sidewalk along the driveway.

Brugmansia Angel's Trumpets

Brugmansia pink
Brugmansia yellow

Brugmansia is a genus of six species of flowering plants that are known as Angel's Trumpets. Brugmansia are large shrubs or small trees, reaching heights of 3–11 m, with tan, slightly rough bark. The leaves are alternate, generally large, 10–30 cm long and 4–18 cm broad, with an entire or coarsely toothed margin, and are covered with fine hairs.

The name Angel's Trumpet refers to the large, very dramatic, pendulous trumpet-shaped flowers, up to 20 inches long and 10–35 cm across at the wide end. They are white, yellow, pink, orange or red, and have a delicate, attractive scent with light, lemony overtones, most noticeable in early evening.

Brugmansia's are easily grown in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil, in full sun to part shade, in frost-free climates. They begin to flower in mid to late spring in warm climates and continue into the fall, often continuing as late as early winter in warm conditions. In cool winters, outdoor plants need protection, but the roots are hardy and will re-sprout in April or May.

In 2015 find yellow Brugmansia in a pot in the Herb Garden.


SunPatiens® - Compact Electric Orange

SunPatiens - Compact Electric Orange

SunPatiens® - Salmon Verigated Leaf

SunPatiens - Salmon Verigated Leaf

SunPatiens is a revolutionary new hybrid impatiens bred by Sakata. These remarkable plants represent a breakthrough in flower breeding: robust, sun–loving, heat–loving impatiens that thrive in full sun or part shade and deliver continuous color from spring through frost. Whether used in baskets, window boxes, patio pots or in the landscape, these beautiful plants combine massive flower power with tough, low-maintenance plants that flourish almost anywhere.

The SunPatiens family consists of three unique series, each offering a distinct growth habit that is perfect for nearly every garden application. Three season performance is the hallmark trait for all the series so regardless of which variety you select, your SunPatiens will be covered with beautiful flowers from spring, through the torturous heat of summer, right up to the first hard frost. Note: This description is courtesy of the Sakata website. See all their varieties at http://www.sunpatiens.com

In 2015 Compact Electric Orange can be seen in our Boulder Garden by the Japanese Lantern .

Salmon Verigated Leaf can be found along our Boulder Garden path by the sitting rock. Find compact red above the test beds along the driveway.(2015)

Early Bird Lavender Crape Myrtle

Early Bird Crape Myrtle

This early blooming crape myrtle begins blooming in May, often as early as Mother’s Day and much earlier than other June-July blooming crape myrtles. It re-blooms in lavender for 100-130 days of color starting in May or early June. Moderate to fast growing, it can thrive in full-sun or part-shade.

Early Bird is also deer resistant, and it can be used as an accent, hedge, or container plant. It grows 5-8’ tall and 3-4’ wide.

You can find it outside of our gates in the pine bed along the curve of the driveway, and also in a pot alongside the barn.(2015)


Crimson Flood and Lemon Berry Frost Daylily

Crimson Food and Lemon Berry Frost Daylily

Glory Bright Daylily

Glory Bright 'Yellow' Daylily

Who doesn't enjoy a bed full of colorful daylillies.

No investment in perennials pays off like one in daylilies: foliage that looks great all season, flowers in a rainbow of colors, no special care and now, many that reward you with both a spring and fall season of bloom. "Reblooming Daylilies" are just what they claim. Most have a big bloom during regular daylily season in late spring, and then bloom off and on for the rest of the season, usually with a burst of bloom before fall.

The 6" bright yellow blooms of the Glory Bright Daylily are irresistible. They are very heavily ruffled with the ruffle often being 3/4" wide. Scapes have 3 and 4 way branching with 25 buds. This daylily is a must have if you love yellow.

But whether yours are the old favorites or the brand new ruffled-up fancy faces, they'll all reward you with a big perennial show for very little care. And since they don't demand absolute full sun, daylilies also let you sneak some of the color back into shady areas, making them one of the best shade perennials.

In 2015 Crimson Flood is blooming next to the fence in the Boulder Garden. Lemon Berry Frost has not yet appeared as of June 16. Glory Bright 'Yellow' can be found in the Fountain Garden.


Angelonia Angelface Pink

Angelface Pink Angelonia

Angelonia Serena Purple

Serena Purple Angelonia

Angelface Pink Angelonia is part of a great new series for Proven Winners. This annual is bred for flower performance as well as a great upright branching growth habit. Serena Purple was chosen as the Spring 2011 Louisiana Super Plant.

Angelonias in containers make full blooming specimen plants that are great for the patio and yard. Planted in the landscape, Angelface will WOW gardeners.

They will flower well into the fall season. The flower stems are great for making vase arrangements providing enjoyment for 10 days or more.

Serena Purple is a standout in our Fountain Garden.(2015)

Lobelia Techno Blue

Lobelia Techno Blue

Here is an annual that will catch your eye with its low growing habit and lots of flowers. It shows off its stuff from late June through mid August. Grows in sun to partial sun with intense, cobalt blue flowers that have a good mounding and trailing habit and will not melt down in the heat as the old varieties did.

This little show stopper can be found in our Entry Garden and due to its wonderful blue color gives the visitor a cooling feeling. It's bright blue flowers also stand out in plantings throughout the Fountain Garden.(2015)

Petunia Supertunia

Petunia Supertunia Shockwave Purple

Supertunia Shockwave Purple - a 2009 Hot New Annual

Petunia Supertunia - Pink

Other colors of Supertunias are also winners

Supertunias are a vigorously trailing species of an ever-blooming, long living petunia from Australia. They will provide long term color in full sun areas throughout the season, and can grow nearly an inch a day. They are ideal for baskets, beds, balconies, and combination plantings. Supertunias are very heat and drought tolerant once established in the ground or pot.

Supertunias do not need to have their dead flower heads removed to continue flowering and they are not leggy. They grow fast and therefore need ample moisture and fertilizer.

Look throughout our garden areas including the Entry and Boulder Gardens to see amazing displays of Supertunias - absolutely beautiful throughout the summer.(2015)

Supertunia Vista Silverberry Petunia

Supertunia Vista Silverberry Petunia

Twist n Shout Hydrangea

Twist n Shout Hydrangea with a blue flower head
Twist n Shout Hydrangea with a pink flower head

Like all plants in the Endless Summer Collection, Twist-n-Shout produces abundant blooms on both old and new wood all summer long. Lacy deep-pink centers are surrounded by gorgeous blossoms of pink or periwinkle blue, depending on soil type. Sturdy red stems and glossy deep green leaves turn red-burgundy in fall to offer year-round interest in the garden.

Easy to care for and hardy to zone 4, Twist-n-Shout is an elegant stand-along specimen, dramatic in combination with other plants, and compact enough for containers.

You can find these beautiful plants welcoming you in the Entry Garden.(2015)

Last Updated 6/16/2015