Erica ventricosa – This species has many common names including Wax Heather, Porcelain Heath and Italian Heather – although it is a native of South Africa. It bears dense clusters of tubular pink flowers (from June to August) with a starry flared lip. It prefers an acid soil and must grown indoors in winter due to its tender nature. Grows 3′ high by 2′ wide. Zone 9-10.
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Crown of Bohemia’ – This Chinese Hibiscus is a tender evergreen shrub that can be brought outdoors for summer in coastal BC. It features fully double golden-yellow blooms with a deep orange throat (often obscured). This shrub does best in a bright south or west window. Limit phosphorus when fertilizing. Grows 8-10′ high (where hardy). Zone 10.
Gerbera x hybrida – Most cultivated Gerbera Daisies have been bred from a South African species, Gerbera jamesonii. It is a popular cut flower with its large (about 4″ wide) brightly coloured daisy blooms of red, pink, orange, yellow, violet or white – often with contrasting centers. As houseplants they will bloom for 4-6 weeks with bright light. Grows 10-18″ high. Hardy to zone 9.
Scuttelaria SCOOTER Series – Proven Winners has released a series of hybrid Scuttelaria including ‘Barberry’ (red), ‘Flame’ (shown), ‘Scarlet’, ‘Garbo’ (peachy-yellow) and ‘Flamingo’ (white with pink stripes). They can be grown as houseplants or tender outdoor bedding in part to full sun with their unusual upward flaring tubular flowers. Grows 12-18″ high by 16″ wide. Zone 9.
Primula malacoides – Fairy Primrose is a native of China and bears rounded clusters of lilac blue, rose and white flowers (occasionally red) atop short stems from late winter to early spring. It features oval mid green leaves (about 4″ wide) covered in soft down with fringed edges. Usually grown as a houseplant or tender annual. Grows 12-18″ high by 9-12″ wide. Zone 8.