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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.

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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.
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This spectacular variety of Handerchief Tree is called multiflush for its varation in shoot pigments.
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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.
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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.
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Old rose 'Elsa Polson' is a prolific bloomer at about five feet.
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Opening bud and full blown rose of Rosa 'ElsaPolson'
Placeholder imageSteriophorma is a small tree with flashing brilliant petals, long, curling yellow stamens, and elongated leaves with a curling edge.
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