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Lady's slipper orchids are found in five genera. Paphiopedilum lady's slipper orchids are among the easiest to grow for the novice gardener. CAES News
Lady's Slipper Orchids
The beauty of lady's slipper orchids, coupled with what seems to be an unending array of colors, shapes and textures, make them an addicting group of plants for a potential collector.
'South Pacific Sipper' is a tropical hibiscus that produces enormous blooms all summer. Hummingbirds, swallowtail butterflies and sulphurs love to visit the tropical blooms. CAES News
Huge Blooms
‘South Pacific Sipper’ might best be described as a fancy hibiscus, and indeed it is. It is also one born to grow and produces flowers so large they defy logic. They are somewhat ruffled and though called “double,” they open up in a most exotic fashion. Though it sounds crazy, it is one of those plants that will have you taking photos of it every day because you think today’s blooms are even prettier than the blooms from the day before.
Emperor's candlestick partners well with the spicy jatropha or Jatropha integerrima. Another terrific combination could include Cuphea 'Vermillionaire.' Grow it close to the back of your border as it does grow large, up to 8 feet tall, with compound leaves that stretch out 3 feet in each direction. CAES News
Emperor's Candlestick
Emperor’s candlestick is considered a shrub in the tropics, yet growing wild, they appear dwarfed in comparison to how they look in landscapes. Although the plant is seen in gardens as a beautiful flower, it is a valuable medicinal plant in developing countries.
Large sweeps of 'Drift Coral' roses align the entryway at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, Georgia. CAES News
Drift Roses
If you love Knock Out roses, you will relish growing Drift roses. They come from Conard-Pyle/Star Roses and Plants, the same folks who brought us the Knock Out roses. The Drift roses come in a variety of colors, ‘Red Drift,’ ‘Pink Drift’ (double pink), ‘Apricot Drift,’ ‘Coral Drift,’ ‘Peach Drift,’ ‘White Drift’ and ‘Popcorn Drift.'
'Mrs. Schiller's Delight' grows to about 3 feet tall and slightly wider. It becomes covered with white flowers that cause everyone to grab a camera. CAES News
'Mrs. Schiller's Delight'
‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ is a tough-as-nails workhorse shrub that is pretty much evergreen, but in colder areas, they tend to be semi-evergreen to deciduous.
'Ice Follies' daffodils return faithfully each year to the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, Georgia. CAES News
Early Risers
With the arrival of the narcissus, the first hint of spring is trumpeting, so to speak, in the South.
Cyclamen combines beautiful blooms with variegated, heart-shaped leaves. CAES News
Valentine's Day Plant
Cyclamen may be the perfect Valentine’s Day plant, the Persian cyclamen. You cannot beat the number of flowers it produces or its long period of bloom. Cyclamen comes in the traditional Valentine’s Day colors of red, pink and white, and the shades of purple and lavender will leave her mesmerized. If that were not enough, consider that the plant's incredibly striking leaves are heart-shaped.
Primulas offer unbelievable color during a dreary time of the year. CAES News
Fake Flowers
“Primula” comes from the Latin word meaning “first of spring.” With 400 species of primulas to choose from, pick one and enjoy some 14 weeks of unimaginable color that no other plant can match.
The golden-colored 'Caramel' and rust-colored 'Lava Lamp' are two hybrids of Heuchera villosa growing in the University of Georgia's Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah. CAES News
Coral Bells
Coral bells deserve a place in the sun, partial shade or shade. Plant them along woodland trails, in front of shrubs or partner them with wood fern or autumn fern or even hostas. Gardeners in the South must try them as a sunny, cool-season component plant.