Three Guaranteed "Conversation Starters" for Your garden

With a three-day weekend coming up for Memorial Day (Monday, May 30th), you may find time to add an interesting plant or two to your garden. Here are three guaranteed "conversation starters" that we can offer you:

Portlandia grandifloras, commonly known as Bell Flowers,
are native to the islands of Cuba and Jamaica. Regarded more as collectible garden specimens, these plants delight us with highly-fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers from May to August, and fruit appears in December and January. Their growth habit can be as a small tree or a shrub up to 15 feet tall. Many people think they are related to Angel Trumpets, but they are actually related to Gardenias. Their vanilla-scented white or red flowers make a great addition to aroma gardens. Oh so sweet..... 

Justicia corumbensis or 'Summer Sun' Justicia averages 3 to 4 feet in height and spread, which makes it a good choice for the middle or lower layer in a tiered garden. It is a good choice for informal and tropical gardens as well. The orange, tubular flowers, which bloom throughout the year with the heaviest period in spring through summer, are excellent butterfly and hummingbird attractors. This Justicia can do well in partial sun as well as full sun. It is native to Mexico, and it is not salt tolerant. 

The Red-Vein Indian Mallow (Abutilon Striatum) is unique! With leaves like a Maple tree, this plant is also called flowering maple. It is not the leaves but the flowers however, that attract attention. The hanging, bell-shaped, yellow-with-red-veining blooms resemble Chinese lanterns. They appear all year, are edible, and are a must for hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Normally a 6-to-8-foot shrub, it can also be made into a single-trunk, small ornamental tree. It can be in partial or full sun and requires moderate water. This plant is native to South America.

Now that the rainy season has begun, add these gems to your garden and enjoy the multitudes of flowers and flying visitors this spring and summer in South Florida! 

We will be closed on Memorial Day, but watch out for our sales flyer for the upcoming weekend.

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