Five Exciting New Plants from the Fall Catalog
By Laurelynn Martin
Logee’s has a passion for finding and bringing new plants to the marketplace so our customers can grow these exciting new varieties too. Here are a few of the 51 new plant introductions from our Fall catalog that will be arriving in customers’ homes in early August.
When looking for new plants, we find categories that are already popular, like orchids or adeniums, and then extend the line, which means we add new varieties that have novel colors, or unusual fruits or flowers but still have the reliability that customers expect from us. Here are five exciting new plants from our Fall catalog:
Adeniums are grown for their beautiful flowers and their attractive, swollen caudex. Our newest Desert Rose ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ has large fully double flowers that look like roses, and the word desert speaks to its care. The plants love hot, dry, sunny conditions and will bloom during the spring, summer and early fall months. This particular variety has creamy yellow flowers with pinkish-red highlights on every petal giving an orange hue and this plant is a two-year-old, ready-to-bloom specimen with a larger caudex.
Orchids are always popular and common varieties can be found in grocery and big box stores. However, when we bring new orchids to our collection, we like to highlight special varieties that you can’t find in everyday places. This fall we are showcasing a cattleya hybrid orchid called LC CG Roebling ‘Beechview’ AM/AOS (Laella x Cattleya hybrid). The large, 6.5″ flowers are light bluish-white with a deep purple, tubular lip highlighted by gold veining in the throat. It was designated an award winner by the American Orchid Society. ‘Beechview’ often blooms in both fall and spring and the fragrant flowers last for nearly a month.
Another familiar plant is Coffee (Coffea arabica) with red cherry fruit that hides the coffee beans. This fall, we are introducing Coffee ‘Orange Bourbon.’ Like the standard coffee plant, it is easy-to-grow and has an upright growth habit. The tiny, white, fragrant flowers are a reminder that the fruit is forming next. Once the cherries get to be deep orange, they are ready to be harvested and when the flesh is removed, you will find the pale, beige, raw coffee beans inside. These beans are then roasted to make a delicious cup of coffee. The ‘Orange Bourbon’ cherries are unusual and it makes a beautiful specimen plant with the back drop of dark green, shiny leaves.
And for those who love succulents like the Bead Plant String of Pearls, we are offering the new String of Bananas (Senecio radicans). The short, succulent leaves are banana-shaped and they cascade over the pot’s edge on vining stems. There is a translucent seam on one side of the leaf that lets light into the interior. Small flowers appear during the fall and winter and emit a pleasant cinnamon-like scent. Senecios originate from South Africa and grow best in partial sun. They are drought tolerant so don’t overwater. String of Bananas is a perfect plant for the low maintenance houseplant gardener.
Our newest plant discovery happened when we were visiting our son in Southern California. We drove by a Mom and Pop nursery, then turned around to take a look inside. In the back corner of this small nursery was the gorgeous Himalayan Lantern (Agapetes ‘Ludgvan Cross’). We bought it and shipped it home. Once we grew it into a specimen plant, we were impressed with its long arching branches with dangling clusters of 1 ½” slender pink flowers highlighted with darker pink etching. The small, narrow dark green leaves cover the stems to create a dense form and in time it fills out a pot nicely. If you look closely you can see how it is a member of the blueberry family and its origins go back to the Himalayas. Grow in partial shade and a cool environment. The base forms a woody caudex. We recommend growing it in a hanging basket and the arching stems will cascade over the pot’s edge flowering with lantern-like blossoms from spring through fall.
This is just a sampling of the 51 new plants in our Fall catalog. We are always looking for new and unusual plants that perform well in containers, or have a new twist of color, fragrance, form or fruit that will delight our customers as much as they delight us.