Brugmansia varieties, or Angel's Trumpets have been growing around old Florida gardens many years, brought here as a curiosity. But the flowers are more abundant in today's varieties, and the colors have become richer. Keep them out of the kiddies' reach- they are very appealing, especially given the name, but have plant alkaloids which may not agree with children and pets. A viny shrub, it can be grown as a spectaclular single specimen on an arbor or trellis, but needs cutting back during its dormant weedy stage. Nevertheless this is always a showpiece in the tropical garden when blooming, everyone will ask questions about it, and again the white throats show well at night.
Both beautiful and fascinating, The Handkerchief Tree, Maniltoa, is a weeper,so well-named! Along with the filmy creamy gold weeping boughs amidst the green, the flowers are creamy accents in their various stages, developing finally into shaggy puff balls.
This spectacular variety of Handerchief Tree is called multiflush for its varation in shoot pigments.
For something cool in color, Calanthe discolor is a many flowered palest lavender terrestrial orchid which repeatedly blooms throughout the warm months.It can be grown in a shady garden or is lovely as a potted plant for a shaded patio. This is a low level p lant nice for edging walkways or places where these pale flowers will show up well at night.
Rosa 'Elsa Polson" is a rare find, both an old rose, and a rose which performs well in the Florida garden. If you want a scented rose for your garden or arrangements, these days you will have to go back to antique and heirloom varieties. This is a prolific rose at about four feet, and clearly the proper rose for an antique arrangement. 'Elsa Polson' as well displays natural shade variations from dark pink to almost white petals.
Old rose 'Elsa Polson' is a prolific bloomer at about five feet.
Opening bud and full blown rose of Rosa 'ElsaPolson'
Steriophorma is a small tree with flashing brilliant petals, long, curling yellow stamens, and elongated leaves with a curling edge.