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Enchanted flower… One of the most desirable flowering trees is Champaca — Joy Perfume Tree, its sweet flowers were used in creating the most expensive perfume of the world, Joy. You can't stop sticking your nose into the flower again and again — it smells absolutely heavenly!

One of the most popular plants in Southern landscapes as well as for greenhouse or sun-room collection. Very fast growing, Banana is both great ornamental plant and producer of the fruit loved by everyone, from kids to adults. Try exotic varieties of:

Great fruit tree for beginners that will tolerate neglect and still produce tasty juicy fruit resembling apricot. Eaten fresh, made into jams, wines and liqueurs, even baked in pies. The tree is pretty cold hardy and drought tolerant. Plant it where nothing else will grow... and it will make it for you! Grafted varieties have superior fruit quality. Most popular varities: Champagne, Eds Delight, Gold Nugget, Italy.

Experience exotic fruit beyond the fruit market! This one is no doubt the biggest of them all, and the biggest in he World! Surprisingly these trees are not too sensitive and can produce successfully in subtropical climate with limited cold protection. Both grafted trees or seedlings (which are usually true to seed) start producing at early age. Most popular varities: Black Gold, Borneo Red, Mai-1, NS-1.

Another perfume tree, this one is responsible for creating Chanel #5 perfume. Besides the classic tree, there are many close related species with similar fragrance, shrubs and vines, some flowers smelling like melon or lemon candy.

Slow growing, compact tree with sweet delicious fruit tasting like brown sugar. Not fussy about soils and simply easy. Great for containers thanks for its slow growth rate. Everybody wants to have one! Most popular varieties: Hasya, Makok, Oxkutzcab, Silas Woods (Dwarf, non-stop producer).

Several valuable South American fruit trees, some of them not even related, are combined under name Sapote, which means "sweet fruit". You can't beat soft sweetness! Most popular varieties: Red/Yellow Sapote, Black Sapote, White Sapote.

Sweet, juicy and fragrant flesh... Some people say this fruit smells like rose water. No doubt you tasted it in Asian restaurants, however those fruit from can have only a hint of a taste of the real one. Try your own fresh fruit, you simply can't stop eating it! Most popular varieties: Empreror (Dwarf), Hak Ip, Sweetheart (large fruit, small seed), Late Season (Heavy producer), Mauritus.

Longans are closely related to Lychees.

These unique delicious fruits can only be tasted from a grower's garden due to their soft nature. They can not be offered commercially from supermarkets due to transportation challenge. Great container fruit trees due to their compact nature: Sugar Apple, Guanabana, Atemoya, Custard Apple.

This one is one of the most popular flowering trees in the South. Fast growing and free-flowering. Spectacular long-lasting flowers, yellow or pink, presented by many types of cassias (sennas), from small shrubs to significant shade trees.

Add both color and fragrance to your Southern garden or indoor collection. They will tolerate lower light, too! They are so easy to grow and simply always happy. Try a rewarding clerodendrum as your first plant, and watch your thumb turning green on it!

A symbol of Hawaiian Paradise, Plumeria perfume and beauty can be brought into every home. It is very easy to grow, both in your garden or in a pot. Fantastic "rainbow" varieties available with multicolored flowers. Dwarf varieties (Plumeria obtusa): White, Yellow, Pink. They can be trimmed to stay only 2-4 ft short!

The biggest collection of jasmines in the world. We have them all. They talk for themselves.

Want an easy plant that will thrive in neglect and yet brightens your day with beautiful flowers? We have amazing selection of desert roses — all colors of flowers you imagine or can't imagine, plus they have a showy caudex. Some varieties even have fragrance! Check out our large collection of new hybrids: Adenium Plants and Seeds

All-time favorite, scented gardenia is a must for every fragrant garden. Great container plant, compact grower, this plant can flower several times throughout warm season. Check out over 50 varieties and forms! Special rare collectibles include:

A powerful seducer! Many people consider Mango to be the best tasting fruit in the world. Try any (or all!) of our 100+ varieties. They all are fiberless, sweet and super juicy. You can't buy these from supermarket — simply because they are so mouth-melting and don't ship well!

Condo (dwarf and for containers): Carrie, Cogshell, Ice Cream, Julie, Mallika, Nam Doc Mai.

Vigorous favorites: Bailey's Marvel, East Indian, Glenn, Haden, Jakarta, Phillipine, Southern Blush, Valencia Pride.

Exotic collectibles:

  • Alampur Baneshan — the finest dessert mango, very large fruit
  • Alphonso — the finest Indian sweet dessert mango with hint of citrus
  • Cat Hoa Loc — sweet and fiberless, oval yellow, with very thin seed
  • Choc Anon Miracle) — Thai mango, producing two crops annually
  • Maha Chinook — in Singapore considered the best tasting
  • Pim Seng Mun — eaten green to enjoy its unique apple-like qualities

Grow your own Guacamole!

If you own an avocado tree, you are for sure a tropical fruit grower! Highly nutritious fruit and ornamental statue, what can be more rewarding.

Most popular: Florida Hass (Haas), Brogdon, Simmonds, Winter Mexican.

Cold hardy can survive short periods mid lower 20°s F without significant damage: Brazos Belle, Fantastic, Joey, Lila, Poncho.

Dwarf varieties are popular exotic house plants, valued for beautiful shape and foliage, besides they easily fruit in container: Fuerte, Wurtz.

Snowbird Gardening
South Florida Snowbirds face unique landscape challenges. When the soil is mostly sand, the plants are all different and you are only here part of the year to care for them. Even if you're an avid gardener up North, there can be a huge learning curve in keeping your landscaping healthy and beautiful in South Florida.
Snowbird Gardening is a unique book by Chase Landre, a design consultant for Florida plant nurseries and garden centers. The Snowbird Gardening is a book to answer all your questions. The book is also helpful to Florida newcomers and non-natives too.
- South Florida's easiest to grow palms, trees and flowers
- 193 full-color photos and complete care guide
- How to grow your favorite citrus
- How to maintain a healthy lawn
- How to make your Florida landscaping low maintenance AND beautiful year-round
- Answers to questions you're afraid to ask
- Common mistakes
- Myths and truths
- 10 Keys to success
- Real answers to the unique challenges of gardening for South Florida Snowbird.
lerodendrums as houseplants

Q: Can I grow Clerodendrum philippinum as a houseplant? I love fragrance of this flower, it reminds me of my home in India. But now I live in NY and many plants I want to have in my garden won't survive outside.

A: Clerodendrums in general are perfect house plants. They can be kept in containers, most of them require only minimal pruning, and respond well to it, producing showy flowers, sometimes several times a year. Most of clerodendrums tolerate low light, some of them even prefer shade. Clerodendrum philippinum (Cashmere Bouquet) is one of those unique shade plants that will produce bunches of beautiful fragrant white flowers for you, and will look much healthier and greener in filtered light conditions than in full sun of your garden. You can still bring the plant outdoors in summer and position it on a patio or in the garden under a tree canopy. Cashmere Bouquet is a very fast growing plant, and it produces root suckers readily. When grown in container, it will form a very full, dense bush, with large, dark green velvet leaves. The plant flowers profusely in bright filtered light. Fragrance of its rose-like flowers is pretty strong and fruity. Overall, Clerodendrum philippinum is an easy to grow plant, it likes water which makes it a convenient plant for beginners who may tend to overwater. Keep your eye on insect control - mealybugs is a common problem, but easy to clean off with a mixture of Neem (or vegetable) oil, warm water and a few drops of a dish soap.

See all clerodendrums from our store.
It is only toxic if you eat it.
Carambola (Star Fruit) in winter.

A word from our customer: I just wanted to let you know that the Dwarf Carambola Kari has survived last winter and turned into a nice bushy tree this summer.I have been trying to grow this tree forever it never survived winters here. Then last year you suggested me to plant Carambola in wind protected corner, so I picked a place next to the house,South side very close to the wall. I covered it several times with a sheet on windy days like you said. The tree did lose leaves during winter but it survived and established well. I had my first crop this year nearly 20 fruit!Just thought your other customers wanted to know keep it protected from winds this is the secret,it works! (M., Avon Park, FL)
Hibiscus as house plants

Q: Thank you for your interesting newsletters, it is always fun to learn something new. Your last newsletter encouraged me to inventory my houseplants... I have mostly common indoor plants - a few philodendrons, African violets and Spath. It would be fun to grow something colorful tropical and maybe even fragrant! Any suggestions for beginners? I live in New Jersey.

A: The definition of a tropical plant suggests species that grows in frost-free area. Your indoor environment can be a perfect spot for all kinds of tropical plants as long as you can provide enough light. This is why traditional locations for indoor plants are on windowsills. When your windowsill area reaches its capacity (this happens very quickly to most gardeners no matter if they own a windowsill collection or a large garden lot), it's time to think about additional lighting. To learn more about indoor lighting, see Indoor Lighting for Tropical Plants Article and for advanced classes - our Tropical Treasures magazine, Issues 2 , 3, 12, 15 PDF downloads.

One of the most popular and exciting flowering plants for indoor culture is Hibiscus - it both easy and rewarding. Exotic varieties of this plant bring into your life rainbow of different colors and color combinations. (See Hibiscus flower gallery The special feature of Hibiscus plant is tolerance to low light conditions. In fact, in filtered light Hibiscus leaves look healthier, they are larger and darker then of those plants grown in full sun. However keep in mind that the more light, the more flowers it will produce; so try to pick some bright spots for your hibiscus plants - as close to a window as possible.

Another side of the coin with a showy Hibiscus flower is the fact that these plants are very often susceptible to bugs, especially when grown indoors with a lack of circulation. The most common problems are mealybugs and aphids. However as long as you inspect your plants on regular basis and treat the problem as soon as it appears, these plants will brighten your days year round. Refer to our previous newsletter for more info on easy insect control.

Take a virtual tour of indoor garden of Alena Malinovskaya, her amazing hobby is growing Hibiscus and fragrant plants in her small apartment.

For more suggestions on plants most suitable for container culture, see our Container Plant List.
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