Seeds for growing patio and tub plants

The plants listed on this page are suited for growing in containers for displaying on a patio, balcony or pool deck.

IM099 Melampodium Melanie
Wonderful container plant. Golden daisies, prolific bloomers, vigorous in the garden. Annual growing 15" tall, blooming in 10 weeks from seed.
  pack 10 seeds $2.15
TRM552 New Zealand Flax New Hybrids ( Phormium Tenax )
A native New Zealander, this is pretty new on the scene here in the U.S. It has long been grown for its strong, upright and fast growth habit and is sometimes called an ornamental grass on steroids which makes a great accent plant.
Many gardeners know New Zealand Flax as a large and often colorful spiky plant that makes an arresting focal point in the garden or in containers.
Phormium Tenax has sword-like leaves that shoot up from the base of the plant and new hybrids are now available in shades of yellow, pink, red and bronze.
Hummingbirds love to feed on these nectar-rich blossoms. Phormiums are salt tolerant making them ideal for planting in coastal areas.
Can be rasised as a patio or container plant about anywhere, or outside in the garden in zones 7-10.
 10 seeds $2.95
TRM145 Romulea Monadelpha
Small winter growing bulb from South Africa. Deep claret-red flowers with each segment having a black blotch on a blue or purplish grey or sometimes pale yellow background, hardy to zone 8. Sow autumn or cold strat. Good in pots
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TRM149 Tassle Berry ( Antidesma Venosum )
Related to the bignay and bearing similar, dark purple-red fruits in large, colorful clusters. The small berry-fruits are edible having a bitter sweet taste and have a variety of uses. Native to southern parts of Africa. Shrubby growth to several feet. Can be container grown in large tubs, zone 9 and higher outside.
 5 seeds $3.95
3334 Orange Urchin ( Diplolaena angustifolia )
This small bushy shrub from Western Australia grows to 3 to 5 feet tall. It has narrow olive green leaves with dense rusty hairs on the underside. In late winter through early spring appear the pendant 1 1/2" wide flowers that have a double row of short greenish cream colored petal-like bracts and large brushes of pale orange stamens. The whole effect is a bit like looking at a upside down sea urchin.
Plant in well drained soils in full sun (coastal) to light shade with little irrigation - can tolerate regular watering if drainage is very good. Tolerates alkaline soils and coastal garden settings it given some protection from direct sea spray. Does best in near frost free locations as temperatures below 26 F are liable to freeze back plant before flowering. An unusual and showy plant that is good mixed with other drought tolerant plants or used as a container plant.
 5 seeds $2.95
3340 Elephant Cactus ( World's Largest Cactus ) ( Pachycereus pringlei )
Can be container grown, start in very small pots, and increase pot size slightly each year. Also know as Giant Mexican Cactus, Pachycereus pringlei is a species of cactus that is native to northwestern Mexico in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Sonora.
It is the tallest cactus species in the world, with a maximum recorded height of 63 feet with a stout trunk up to 3.3 feet in diameter bearing several erect branches. In overall appearance, it resembles the related Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea), but differs in the fewer ribs on the stems, in being more heavily branched from near to the base of the stem, and in the location of the blossoms.
Large stands of these magnificent cactus still exist, but many have been destroyed as fields have been cleared for cultivation in Sonora.
The fruit of this cactus was an important food for the Seri people in Sonora, who call the cactus xaasj
The flesh of this cactus contains alkaloids, and may have been used as a psychoactive plant in Mexico.
A symbiotic relationship with bacterial and fungal colonies on its roots allows P. pringlei to grow on bare rock even where there is no soil available at all, as the bacteria can fix nitrogen from the air and break down the rock to produce nutrients. The cactus even packages symbiotic bacteria in with its seeds.
This giant cactus can be grown in tubs when young and makes quite the conversation piece. Very slow growing, hardy for zones 9 and above outside.
 10 seeds $2.95
1A357 Night Jasmine ( Nyctanthes arbor-tristis )
Zones 9-11, or can be grown in containers and brought inside during cold weather below 35 degrees. This exotic small tree or shrub has highly perfumed flowers. The sweet scented flowers are small, 1-2", attractive shape, with white corolla and an orange-red tube in center and bloom profusely, opening at night and casting off in the morning thus making a carpet of flowers. Used in Buddhist temples, for worship. The large attractive leaves are rough and hairy. Needs warmth during winter months. Use well drained soil and fertilize once a month. Stem is used for relief of headache, leaf - cholecystagogue, flower - antipyretic, treatment of faintness and vertigo.
According to mythology, this is a heavenly tree brought to earth by the god Krishna. A quarrel over it ensued between Satyabhama and Rukmini, Krishna's wives. But Krishna planted the tree in Satyabhama's courtyard in a way that when the tree flowered, the flowers fell in Rukmini's courtyard. Another romantic story woven around the tree is about Parijataka, a princess. She fell in love with the sun but when he deserted her she committed suicide and a tree sprung from the ashes. Unable to stand the sight of the lover who left her, the tree flowers only at night and sheds them like tear-drops before the sun rises.
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TRM067 Mini Angel's Trumpet ( Iochroma australe )
Good patio plant if grown in 5-10 gallon container. A rare plant, it is cultivated as an ornamental and can be found in a few botanical gardens. A small shrub, generally to 3-6ft, sometimes to 10ft. Flowers are borne in clusters of up to 6-12 and sometimes more. Flowers grow to about 2-3", are snow-white in color and can remain on the branches for a while. Flowering may occur for much of the warmer months. There are blue and violet colored types as well.
Cold hardy to 24 degrees.
 5 seeds $3.95
TRM068 Lilac Lycianthes ( Lycianthes quichensis )
This exceedingly rare shrub from Guatemala belongs to the Solanum family, same as the tomato, the blue potato bush, the white potato jasmine vine and many more wonderful plants.
This is a good container plant or garden background plant.
A rare ornamental related to the potato bush. It grows into a bushy habit. A medium-sized perennial with felty, soft to the touch, heart-shaped leaves, it has huge, almost flat, light purple flowers with a little magenta tint in the yellow center.
Bright red fruits follow. Hardy to the 20's. Great in sun or shade.
 5 seeds $2.95
3320 Broad Leaf Lily Palm ( Cordyline petiolaris )
A wonderful patio plant, easy to care for. A native of north eastern New South Wales and south east Queensland where it likes moist soils in a semi-shaded, sheltered position but will tolerate light to medium frosts. It is drought tender.
Flowers are white to purple appearing in winter followed by strings of red berries which persist on the plant.
This plant is also suitable for pot culture and as an indoor plant where it happily spends long periods inside.
Broad Leaf Lily Palm plants are a colorful, interesting plant to grow indoors, far superior in hardiness and more beautiful than others usually grown for their foliage.
They are a great plant to brighten up an office environment, a living work of art, and last longer than flowers. In winter months plants should be placed by a window where they will receive some sunlight, or if no sun, strong light.
Grown outside in zone 9b or higher, the plant would reach 20 feet tall. But grown inside in containers, they remain much smaller.
  10 seeds $2.95
3322 Pink Pandora Vine ( Bower Vine ) ( Pandorea jasminoides pink )
Pandorea is an excellent vine to grow in large containers. When outfitted with a trellis these make beautiful portable screens of foliage that can be moved around as needed to block an eyesore or just to create a romantic mood.
Several times a year this talented vine covers inself in large fragrant flowers causing you to congratulate yourself for having the luck to grow this beautiful vine. Graceful form, attractive foliage and a rather rapid rate of growth make pandorea a perfect vine for covering arbors, trellises, summer houses and other structures in warm climates. Bower vine looks great growing on a tree with the flowers cascading down the trunk.
Bower vine, or pandorea, is a bushy, twining vine with woody stems and pinnate, evergreen leaves. The 5-9 lance shaped leaflets are 1-2 in (2.5-5 cm) long. Fragrant pink to red tubular flowers are clustered in hanging panicles. They bloom in warm weather, from spring through summer.
USDA Zones 8-9. Pandorea is evergreen in USDA Zone 9, and a returning perennial in zone 8 if the roots are protected during hard freezes.
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3326 Sturt's Desert Pea ( Swainsona formosa )
The flowers are classic pea shaped, bright red with deep purple-black center spots, presented in clusters of 5-6, each flower is up to 3 inches long. Requires a full sun position, in cooler areas needs a warm dry winter position. Prefers good drainage, but is widely adaptable to most soil types. This fantastic plant is the floral emblem of South Australia and can be treated as an annual or tender perennial in cooler areas. Brilliant in large pots or mass plantings, suitable for large hanging baskets, mass plantings or in an annual or perennial border.
Zones 9-11 as a perennial, an annual in all other zones.
  10 seeds $2.95
TRM146 Polyxena Maughanii
Small winter growing bulb from South Africa. Flowers at ground level, hardy to zone 8. Sow autumn or cold strat. Good in pots
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3328 Toogoom Heath ( Phyllota phylicoides )
A species of flowering plant in the pea family (Fabaceae) found in New South Wales and Queensland. An evergreen shrub to 3 feet with narrow leaves, edges curled underneath, and a dense flowerhead of delightful pea like flowers.
Grows in almost any conditions in zones 9-10, or in containers or patio tubs in cooler regions.
  25mg pack ( about 10 or more seeds ) $2.95
TRM008 Blackbird ( Dierama )
Also known as Angels Fishing Rods. Hardy perennial suited for pots. Exquisitely beautiful. Blackbird with arching wiry 'rod like' stems rising through tufts of grassy foliage. Numerous darkest burgundy flowers hang just like fish from the rod from June to August and nod, even on the calmest of days providing continual movement. Attractive to bees and butterflies and evergreen. Prefers sun in moist but well drained soil.
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TRM222 Dog's Tongue ( Thevetia ahouai )
An unusual flowering shrub, still rare in cultivation, that can be used as a container plant. Native to tropical America. Cream-colored or yellow flowers. It can be easily grown from seed and will do well in Florida or other tropical regions. Traditional healers in Belize and other parts of Central America have used the milky, latex-like sap of this plant for medicinal purposes since ancient times.
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