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2019 Tropicals at Sandy’s Back Porch!

Our plants are delivered throughout the season and are subject to availability.

PlantDescriptionExposureSize
Canna Lilies
Cannova® Bronze Leaf OrangeThe bronze foliage offers striking contrast with the flowers. 30-48″ tall by 14-20″ spreadFull Sun6.5″
Cannova® Bronze Leaf ScarletA very early flowering canna that has scarlet red blooms. Use as an accent plant in the garden or container.30-48″ tall by 14-20″ spreadFull Sun6.5″
Cannova® Mango30-48″ tall by 14-20″ spreadFull Sun6.5″
Cannova® Orange ShadesThis early flowering canna is a radiant, vividly colorful tropical beauty. Use as an accent plant in the garden or container. 30-48″ tall by 14-20″ spreadFull Sun6.5″
Canna Cannova® Red Shades30-48″ tall by 14-20″ spreadFull Sun6.5″
Cannova® Red Yellow Flame30-48″ tall by 14-20″ spreadFull Sun6.5″
Cannova® Rose30-48″ tall by 14-20″ spreadFull Sun6.5″
Cannova® YellowA very early flowering canna that is an exotic tropical dazzler that makes a great accent plant in the garden or a container. 30-48″ tall by 14-20″ spreadFull Sun6.5″

Canna Lily (Island Series)

 The Island Series Cannas tend to be shorter than other varieties .

Island Cleopatra
Gorgeous red and yellow blooms. 28-32″ tallFull Sun6.5″
Island Red VelvetDeep red flowers. 36″ tallFull Sun6.5″
Island Madeira
Red with yellow edged flowers. 36″ tallFull Sun6.5″
Island Kreta
Bright red. 48″ tallFull Sun6.5″
Island Tenerife
Bright yellow flowers generously spotted and speckled with orange. 36″Full Sun6.5″
Dipladenias
Dipladenia is in the Mandevilla family but has a different growth pattern. The  foliage is somewhat smaller and the plant is more shrub-like Mandevilla vines climb up vertical structures to seek the canopy light. Dipladenia is a bushier plant whose stems grow down and hang. The two plants have similar brightly colored flowers, but mandevilla has a larger flower. Both plants need the same bright light and dipladenia care is the same as that for the mandevilla vine. The tubular shape of the flower is a natural for attracting hummingbirds.
The Dipladenia Madinia™ Series have large, trumpet-shaped blooms and a controlled, upright habit that is perfect for containers and combinations. They have exceptional heat and drought tolerance.
Madinia™ Red Compact grower with a mounded habit. Grows 12-14″ tall and wideFull to Part Sun1 Gal
Madinia™ Red
Compact grower with a mounded habit. Grows 12-14″ tall and wide. Hanging Basket
Full to Part Sun10″ H.B.
Madinia™ WhiteCompact grower with a mounded habit. Grows 12-14″ tall and wideFull to Part Sun1 Gal
Madinia™ Pink
Compact grower with a mounded habit. Grows 12-14″ tall and wide.  Hanging Basket
Full to Part Sun10″ H.B.
Bush – Coral Sundenia® Compact grower with upright habit. 12-24″ tall by 18-24″ spreadFull to Part Sun1 Gal
Summer Romance YellowBold yellow flowers with gold throats. 4-6′ tall by 24-36″ wide. Sun to part Shade1 Gal
Pretty Pink – Suntory
Vigorous grower with superior branching. On trellis.Full to Part Sun1 & 3 Gal
Pretty Red – Suntory
Vigorous grower with superior branching. On trellis.Full to Part Sun1 & 3 Gal
Mandevilla
Bold and showy, mandevilla makes a dramatic statement in a garden bed or a container. This tropical vine has a nonstop supply of large, trumpet-shaped blooms. Use in a garden bed to climb on arbors, Trellises, and mailbox posts. The tubular shape of the flower is a natural for attracting hummingbirds.
 
Apricot – Suntory
Upright & vigorous in habit. Moderate in branching and are natural climbers. On trellis.
Full to Part Sun1 & 3 Gal
Double Pink TrellisOn trellis.Full to Part Sun3 Gal
Giant Marbled Crimson
On trellis.Full to Part Sun1 Gal
Yellow Summer Romance
On trellis.Full to Part Sun3 Gal
Mixed Red And White GiantsOn trellis.Full to Part Sun3 Gal
Alice Du Pont
The flowers are ice pink with darker pink throat. A lovely choice for a Trellis or arbor. Prefers partial shade. On trellisPart Shade1 & 3 Gal
Red Giant – Sun Parasol® Trellis6-9′ tall by 24-36″ spread On trellis
Full to Part Sun1 Gal
Red Giant Crimson
On trellisFull to Part Sun3 Gal
Mandevilla Basket (Mixed Colors) – Red & Pink & White. Hanging Basket
Full to Part Sun12″ HB
 White Giant On trellisFull to Part Sun3 Gal
Hibiscus
Tropical looking, reliable and easy to grow plant
 
 Fiesta The yellow-orange blossoms have vibrant fuchsia-pink centers. The ornately ruffled petals are rounded and overlapping. A true party! Bush habitFull Sun1 & 7 Gal
FiestaSame great looking blossoms on a Tree FormFull Sun3 Gal 
Fiesta/TequillaBright yellow blossoms contrast with deep fuchsia centers. A stunning variety! Bush Habit
Full Sun3 Gal
Ft Myers   YellowDelicate pale yellow blossoms. Bush HabitFull Sun1 & 3 Gal
Ft Myers YellowBraided tree form.Full Sun3 Gal
Painted Lady PinkVibrant fuchsia colored blossoms with deeper colored centers. Bush Habit
Full Sun2 & 3 Gal
Painted Lady PinkBraided tree form.Full Sun3 Gal
President RedA  profuse blooming selection with large red flowers against glossy, rich green leaves. Bush Habit
Full Sun1 & 3 Gal
President RedA  profuse blooming selection with large red flowers against glossy, rich green leaves. Braided tree form.
Full Sun3 Gal
Dwarf – Yoder Varieties – White Wing WhiteRed, Pink, Yellow and Orange Dwarf Yoder varieties. Bush habit.
Full Sun1 Gal
Multi Color 3 colors on one Plant. Bush habit.Full Sun3 Gal 
Hollywood Varieties Hollywood Hibiscus shine with vibrant color, long-lasting blooms, and outstanding bud and bloom counts. Assorted Colors. Bush habit.
Full Sun3 Gal 
Multi Color3 colors on one Plant. Tree Form
Full Sun3 Gal
Yellow BraidBraided tree form.Full Sun1 & 3 Gal
Other Outstanding Flowering Plants
Allamanda Brown Bud
Brown Bud Allamanda has masses of yellow trumpet-like blossoms, dark green glossy, leathery leaves that are whorled along the stem. On Trellis
Full Sun3 Gal 
White Bird Of Paradise
Keep the soil moist, but not soggy during the spring through fall. In the winter, allow two inches of soil to dry out between waterings.Full Sun to Part Shade3 Gal
Orange Bird Of Paradise
Keep the soil moist, but not soggy during the spring through fall. In the winter, allow two inches of soil to dry out between waterings.Full Sun to Part Shade3 Gal 
Butterfly Bush – Claredendron Blue ButterflyThis butterfly bush not only attracts butterflies, but the two toned flowers actually look like little butterflies. Use as a specimen plant or in a mixed border or container garden. Will grow 2-4′ tall by 2-3′ wide.Morning Sun/Afternoon Shade3 Gal
Heather Cuphea PurpleProfuse purple flowers on a versatile, tidy, compact shrub with finely textured, glossy, bright green foliage. 2′ tall and widePart Sun1 Gal
Jasmine Sambac
The lush foliage grows on vine-like stems with intensely fragrant, little white flowers that open at night and close in the morning, fading to pink as they age. Plant in containers and place them  where the fragrance can be enjoyed! They wcan grow 6 to 8′ tall with a 3 to 4′ spread. Braided Tree FormPart to Full Sun3 Gal 
Justicia Red Shrimp PlantThis exotic looking plant has bright rosy-pink to salmon-colored flower-like bracts are sure to garner attention with their unique shrimp-like appearance. 3-4′ tall and wide.Part to Full Sun1 Gal
Justicia Orange  Firecracker
Also known as a Mexican Honeysuckle. Clusters of 1″ orange tubular flowers bloom  throughout summer on this dense shrub-like plant. A favorite Hummingbird plant. Grows 3-4′ tall and 4-6′ wide. Bush Habit.
Bright Shade – Shade3 Gal 
Justicia Orange Firecracker
Braided tree form3 Gal 
Jasmine SambacPerfect houseplant, takes both sun or shade, Jasminum Sambac is a beautiful fragrant everbloomer both for your home and garden. Can reach 5′ tall.Part Shade to Full Sun1 & 3 Gal 
Kalanchoe FlapjackFleshy, paddle-like leaves form rosettes that resemble the shape of a clamshell; bears clusters of fragrant tubular flowers in early spring. This succulent works as a houseplant. 10-14″ tallSun1 & 3 Gal
Lantana
They attract hummingbirds and butterflies, smell lemony, take the heat and humidity. What’s there not to love?
Assorted Colors Gold/Orange/Yellow. Tree Form
Sun3 Gal
Assorted ColorsBraided Tree FormSun1 Gal
Multi-Color BraidMulti-Colored Braided Tree FormSun1 Gal
Tree OrangeOrange Tree FormSun3 Gal 
Tree YellowYellow Tree Form
Sun3 Gal 
Ruellia/Mexican Petunia PurpleA vigorous, upright plant that typically grows in a clump to 3-4′ tall. Heat and drought tolerant. Attracts hummingbirds. Bush Habit
Part to Full Sun1 & 3 Gal
Ruellia/Mexican Petunia WhiteThe white version of the more common purple Ruellia. Can grow to 4′ tall.Part to Full Sun3 Gal
Tibouchina Island PrincessLarge flowers with an upright habit. Can be pruned to keep this bush compact.Part Shade to Sun10″
Banana Trees
Musa Basjoo
Cold hardy down to -10° if well mulched. 8-10′ tall.Full Sun6.5″
Musa Ensete Maurelli
Giant green leaves with dark red undersides and edges.  36 – 96″ tall. Need to bring indoors for the winter.
Part to Full Sun6.5″
Musa Gran Nain Chiquita
This long-leaved beauty yields large heads of flavorful bananas faster than any other tree, and produces well as a potted specimen. Need to bring indoors for the winter.
Part to Full Sun6.5″
Musa TropicanaA dwarf banana that can, fairly easily, be kept as an indoor house plant and outdoors as a patio plant. Need to bring indoors for the winter.
Part to Full Sun6.5″
Musa Zebrina Rojo
Large, eye-catching, green leaves with red splotches on top and solid  maroon coloring on the bottom give an exotic tropical appearance to this banana tree. Need to bring indoors for the winter.
Part to Full Sun6.5″
Elephant Ears
Alocasia and Colocasia are both plants of the Araceae family. Both  have very large leaves, and both are called elephant’s ears. Alocasia plants grow best in shade or partial sun. Full sun exposure, especially in warm areas, can damage these plants. Their leaves are held horizontally, with the tips generally pointed upwards. Although they require frequent watering, Alocasia plants need soil that drains well and doesn’t stay soggy.  Colocasia, on the other hand, grows best with full sun exposure. Their leaf tips generally point downward.  Colocasia can take full sun and plenty of water. All of these can be wintered indoors
Alocasias
Regal ShieldsSturdy, textured leaves are deep green blushed with dark purple and veined in lighter green.  It is relatively compact growing 3-5′ tall.
Part Shade to Part Sun
Black StemElegant black stems and attractive, glossy foliage.Part Shade to Part Sun
3 Gal 
Macrorrhiza Dwarf CalidoraGreen upright elephant ear grows about 40″ tallPart Shade to Part Sun6.5″
PortodoraStunning upright clump with giant, green, heavily-scalloped leafPart Shade to Part Sun3 Gal 
WentiiThe glossy bronze-green leaves grow to 1′ in length on this tightly clumping elephant ear.Part Shade to Part Sun6.5″
Colocasias
Black BeautyDark purple leaves with prominent green veins. 3-6′ tallPart to Full Sun
MojitoNamed after the popular Cuban mixed drink, the amazing leaves are medium green with dark purple flecks throughout will grow to 3′ tall.Part to Full Sun6.5″
Royal Hawaiian® AlohaA vigorous growing elephant ear that produces incredibly glossy black foliage. The 2′ long x 1′ wide black leaves are contrasted nicely on both the front and back by green veins. Grows to 48″Part to Full Sun6.5″
Royal Hawaiian® Black CoralA clump of very glossy, jet-black leaves with heavy corrugation grows to 3.5′ tall.Part to Full Sun6.5″
Royal Hawaiian® Blue Hawaii
Blue Hawaii is an outstanding addition to the series with its large green leaves with prominent bluish-purple veins. Growing up to 60” tall with a 24″ spread
Part to Full Sun6.5″
Royal Hawaiian® Diamond HeadLarge dark purple to black leaves with a spectacular glossy finish. Performs best along the edge of a pond or submerged in a water feature. Requires wet soil.Part to Full Sun6.5″
Royal Hawaiian® Hawaiian PunchBright green leaves with bright red stems. Prefers moist, rich soil. 24 – 40″ tall by 18″ spread.Sun or Shade6.5″
Royal Hawaiian® Maui Gold
The textured chartreuse foliage is held on ivory white stems. The foliage does not burn in high temperatures or full sun. Great companion for ‘Black Coral’. 48″ tall with a 36” spread
Part to Full Sun6.5″
Royal Hawaiian® Tropical StormDark stems with a dense mass of dark purplish green foliage with deeper highlights and creamy white centers. A dramatic container specimen. Spreads  in  rich, wet soils. 2′ tall and wide.
Filtered to full sun6.5″
Royal Hawaiian® White LavaA tight forming clump with a tropical look in the garden. The large glossy green leaves are adorned with a wide band of creamy white down the center of each leaf, later radiating out into the side veins. Each leaf is highlighted by a large purple spot where the leaf attaches to the stalk. A  medium grower reaching 48 x 36”Part to Full Sun6.5″
Palms
Chinese Palm A large plant with sprawling fan-like fronds that grow up to 2′ across.Bright Indirect Light3 Gal
Majesty Palm  Very regal looking and grows tallShade to Part Sun3 Gal
Windmill Palm The Windmill Palm features lush, green fronds that fan out from its branches with oblong leaves. This palm is low maintenance and pest resistant.Part Shade to Full Sun3 Gal
Outstanding Foliage and Other Tropical Plants
Aglaonema Siam AuroraSmall herbaceous plant with compact, low-growing form. It is easy-to-grow and makes an ideal houseplant.Part to Full Shade1 Gal
Aloe VeraEasy to grow plant. The gel is useful for burns. Every home should have one!Bright Indirect light1 Gal
Croton PetraAdd bright color to a sunny spot in the garden with this very colorful plant. The long, leathery leaves have splashes of red, orange, pink, yellow and green. Easy to grow, but very thirsty plantsPart to Full Sun1 & 3 Gal
Dieffenbachia
Popular tropical plants in homes and offices because they are easy to grow, do not need much light and they are on the NASA list of plants that filter harmful toxins from the air.
Dieffenbachia Camille CompactaA compact variety growing up to 3′ tall by 14″ widePart Shade to Part Sun1 Gal
Dieffenbachia PantherPanthers leaves are dark green with wide silver streaks etched down them mid-rib. In addition, random flecks of lighter green decorate the leaf blade.Part Shade to Part Sun3 Gal
Dieffenbachia Tropical SnowA compact, almost stemless plant with ovate creamy-green leaves with darker green margins and midrib. Grows about 5′ tall.Part Shade to Part Sun3 Gal
Dracaena Warneckii Gold StarThis erect, upright tropical shrub has gray-green, leather like leaves striped with yellow edges. 3-6′ wide by 6-10′ tallPart Sun1 Gal
Echeveria AssortmentVariety of versatile little succulentsFull Sun to Part Shade4″ 
Philodendron Monstera Deliciosa (Swiss Cheese)A tropical ornamental that has aerial roots growing downwards from the stem. The Swiss cheese plant gets its name from its large, heart-shaped leaves, which as it ages, becomes covered with holes that resemble Swiss cheesePart Shade to Part Sun3 Gal 
Philodendron Rojo CongoA large plant with thick, shiny, smooth-edged leaves. The new foliage is brown to coppery red, maturing to dark green with a reddish blush, but the fleshy leaf stems remain bright red. It is fast growing and can reach about 9′ tall x 9′ wideBright Natural Light3 Gal 
Philodendron Sujitha1 Gal
Sansevieria Laurentii / Mother-in-Laws Tongue or Snake Plant
This mother-in-laws tongue is a tall robust plant up to 3 to 4 feet tall with a tight clump of many vertically growing dark green leaves with lighter gray-green, zig-zag, horizontal bands and broad,  yellow margins. Flowering  is rare but not unheard of with fragrant greenish white flowers clusters.Part Shade to Part Sun1 Gal & 8″
Sansevieria Zeylanica / Mother-in-Laws Tongue or Snake Plant
This mother-in-laws tongue is one of the tallest species with more of a light silver-green with darker cross bands or mottling of the leaf. Low maintenance houseplant. On of the  air purifying plants.Part Shade to Part Sun2 Gal & 8″
Syngonium White ButterlyAlso known as the Arrowhead Plant, is an excellent houseplant for low light. Easy to grow. Will start to vine as it grows. Hanging Basket
Part to Full Shade10″ HB
Fabulous Ferns
Kimberly Queen FernUpright and arching habitPart to Full Sun1 & 3 Gal
Lemon Button FernSmallest of the Boston ferns. Cute and compact, tiny golden green button-like leaflets on dark green, arching stems that reach just a foot high. Use in a hanging basket in a shady spot,  a houseplant or in a  terrarium. When the leaves are crushed the aroma is lemony. Grows to 12″Filtered Sun to Full Shade5″
Button FernA great houseplant for a hanging basket. This evergreen fern has cascading, leathery, button-shaped leaflets. Unlike most ferns, this plant will tolerate fairly dry conditions. Clumps reach 18″ Filtered Sun to Full Shade5″
Boston Fern – Hanging BasketThe standard in basket ferns. 34″ Spread. Hanging Basket
Part Shade to Shade10″ H.B.
Boston Fern – Hanging BasketThe standard in basket ferns. 36-38″ Spread. Hanging Basket
Part Shade to Shade12″ H.B.
Macho FernBoston fern on steroids! Very easy to growPart Shade to Part Sun1 & 3 Gal
Maiden Hair FernThis fern has arching delicate fronds and the contrasting dark, almost black wiry stems. Needs moist soil.Filtered Sun to Full Shade5″
Foxtail FernLong, upright, plume-like stems hold soft, needle-like leaves. Develops red ornamental berries in fall. An excellent choice for hanging baskets and containers.Part Sun to Sun5″ & 1 Gal
Sprengerii  (Asparagus) Fern Arching fronds of fresh green, needle-like foliage. Can be easily over wintered. Hanging BasketPart Sun to Sun
10″ H.B.
Grasses and Thrillers
Lemon Grass – Cymbopogon CitratusWhether you choose to cook with it or use it in a mixed container, you can’t go wrong with this easy grassSun1 Gal
Cordyline Black MagicGlossy dark leaves, happy in semi-shade, elegant shape, less than 2m tall, very adaptable for feature planting, tubs or borders. Dramatic backdrop for more vibrant flowering plants. Can grow to 6′.Part Shade to Part Sun3 Gal
Cordyline Red SensationLong, narrow bronzy-red foliage. A great choice for adding height and texture to container plantings or use as a focal point in mixed borders. 3-4′ tall with 2-3′ spreadPart to Full Sun
Cordyline Red Sister (Hawaiian TI)Pink, plum, maroon and deep burgundy foliage makes this a star as a thriller in a container.Part Shade to Part Sun3 Gal 
Varigated Ginger 3 Gal
 

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 • Belleville, IL 62221

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