|Brads Garden in Smithville, TN
|Hello, my name is Brad and I grow a lot of plants, wildflowers, annuals, bulbs, perennials, but mostly gesneriads. Gesneriads are a large family of mostly tropical and sub-tropical
plants, including Saintpaulia (African Violets), Achimenes, Nematanthus (Goldfish Vine), Aeschynanthus (Lipstick Vine), Streptocarpus (Cape Primrose), and Sinningia (Florist
I mostly grow and hybridize in the family Sinningia, they are fascinating plants from the size of a quarter to 4 foot tall, most fall between. I have been growing native plants for over 30
years now and have a few really nice ones, so be sure to look at the pictures. Recently, I have started collecting some of the Impatiens and Begonia species, they are very unusual
and not what most people recognize, as I get more pictures I will be adding details about them.
|Above - On the left is 8102 and on the right is 8105, two of my new hybrids. The parentage is (5400 x Dark Beauty), 5400 has contributed to the
color, but Dark Beauty has given it a wonderful heavy texture that last even in 100 degree weather outside.
|Above - Sinningia elatior - the bloom reminds me of sunset, peach, pink and yellows. It blooms fairly early, June, so I haven't been able to use it in any crosses yet. This particular
plant is 6 years old and has only bloomed twice.
|Above 12400 series (eumorpha x sp. 'Ibitioca') - The first on the left is 12416 it has a larger, fuller bloom than its siblings. Second photo is 12416, still has good color, but
not as large. The last two on the right is of 12413, it has been throwing 6 petals and peloric blooms, the purple is very intense on the white background. Hoping to use
them for breeding stock.
|Above - 11706 (incarta x richii 'Robson Lopes') bloomed for the first time on August 13. Quite a surprise for
me, the foliage is tight with a reddish-purple hue, but the blooms are yellow with an orange blush. Very hopeful
the color will pass on to its progeny, already made several crosses using the pollen from this bloom.
|©Brad Walker, August 16, 2016
|Above - 7405 (Sinningia 'Dollbaby' x richii white) made this cross in 2012, bloomed for
the first time in 2015. Small with a distinct throwback in flower form from the richii, the
plant on the right is blooming in a 2 1/2" pot.
|Above - Alsobia sp. RM2010 - Upright growth with white flowers that are fringed with purple spotting. Nice compact plant.
|Above - New hybrid, my VanHouttea hilairiana with the last breath of life, produced three set of seeds. I planted one and apparently it had crossbred with one of the sinningias nearby. Soft wonderful
leaves and upright stem gave way to the bloom above, all three plants that have bloomed so far are almost identical with only slight variations on color and color. My mistake on listing it earlier as a
Vanvania, Vanhouttea x Paliavana apparently no distinct intergeneric term for it yet). Plant tuber on right, as you can see not a true tuber more a mass of enlarged roots.
|Above - Achimenes patens major - Cute little
plants with flat-faced blooms, they have a
eggplant color to the bloom. These are heavy
bloomers if happy.
|Above - Achimenes lutea was a gift from Jonathan at a Tennessee Gesneriad Show a few years
ago. It took a couple of years to get the growing right, but it has blooming for over a month now
with no signs of stopping. It is a intense yellow with a little red spotting in the throat.
|Above - 6303 (eumorpha x 'Heartland's
Dancing') It has medium lavender
blooms that are almost blue. I want to
cross several of the ones on this page
and intensify the bluish color.
|Above - Passionflower, Passiflora incarnata, this plant came from a load of dirt from my parents property several years ago.
This year I strung them up and they have been producing passion fruits like mad.
|Above - 10104 (eumorpha x 2821)
Incredible color, medium lavender with
dark purple in the throat, makes a striking
|Above - 15100 (2000 x beauty) I honestly thought this cross was a selfing, until I looked a little closer at the color of the
bloom. It is a warm, soft melon with a slight orange in the throat.
|Above -11034 (9002 x tubiflora) This plant is compact and has small, almost blue
flowers with a dark purple stripe in the throat.
|Above - Achimenes antirrhina has large blooms that are yellow with a
reddish-brown overlay. I am going to cross this to my Smithianthas.
|Above - Our native spider-lily, Hymenocallis occidentalis, amazing plants that when in bloom will draw every eye
around. I grew these from wild gathered seed and have had them for about 15-20 years now, they bloom like
clockwork every year.
|Above - Corydalis lutea - beautiful little wildflower that won't seed in my yard, but jumps
from one empty pot to another (have about 5 pots full now). It has deep blue, glaucous
foliage with bright yellow little blooms.
|Above - Campanula 'Cherry Bells' - This
is only the second time it has bloomed in
many years. Cut the oak that was
blocking the light and it has bloomed
most of the summer.
|Above - Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow' - Bright yellow version of our native orange
butterfly weed. It is slightly shorter and blooms about two weeks before the native
orange version, but they make a wonderful contrast in the yard. As you can see the
butterflies (Zebra Swallowtail) love these plants.
|Above - Honeysuckles or Lonicera - on the left is a hybrid between one of the natives and the japanese honeysuckle. The middle one that is
yellow is Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'. It has bright yellow flowers and great vining habit. The last one is Lonicera sempervirens or the
coral honeysuckle, it is native to my area, this one actually is a cutting from the bluff about a quarter of a mile from my house. These are all
great honeysuckles to train upright or onto fences, they are well behaved and don't take over. The have the extra wonder, that hummingbirds
will cover them in the early spring as a high energy food source.
|Above - Dendrobium antennatum - The antelope
orchid, wanted one for years, finally broke down and
bought one 8 years ago and this is the second time it
bloomed. It is a miniature, with an amazing scent.
|Above - Red orchid cactus - I bought this one and a pink
one this year. They both bloomed, but the pink blooms
were eaten by slugs, large blooms on compact plants.
|Above - (Sinningia sellovii x conspicua) I ordered this from
Crosswords several years ago, but it had never bloomed, moved it
into a gallon pot in the spring of 2015. It started blooming in June,
bloomed all the way through November with a few blooms at a time.
Don't know what the cross is really, but it has a really nice reddish
maroon color and the blooms like a red version of 'Deep Purple
|Above left 7302 right 7312 (1011 x 'Innocence') Unusual plants with a long tube that doesn't fully open. A soft white to peach, with matching
hair on the bloom.
|Above - 12909 (555 x araneosa) It was another big surprise this year. I had a (eumorpha x araneosa) that
bloomed last year, but the color on this one and the spotting makes it an amazing bloom.
|Above - 10703 (3507 x tubiflora) All
the other plants have white blooms
so far. The color is intense and has
|Above - 212 (eumorpha x beauty) I
remake this cross every couple of years
to see what I get in the new batch.
Colorful, ranging from pink to lavender
|Above - 555 (eumorpha x beauty) A
remake of the one to the left. As you
can see the spotting and lines varies
from plant to plant. This is a parent to
12909 above, it contributed to easy to
grow plants, nice tube and flower shape.
|Above - 401, 434 (eumorpha x leucotricha) Large plants that bloom
easily, but they seem to be infertile as pollen or seed parents. All of
these are a soft pink with white in throat and some striping. They also
don't propagate easily.
|Above - (eumorpha x
piresiana) I bought this on
ebay several years ago.
Great bloomer with great
|Above - hybrid 2 is a cross
of (eumorpha x beauty). It
was one of my first 5 hybrids
to ever bloom.
|Above - Noid a -Another hybrid the numbers have been rubbed
off. Nice color and form, large blooms. Think this may by one of
my 'Seminole' crosses from several years ago.
|Above - Noid b Don't know
the ancestry on this one, it
was rubbed off the pot at
sometime. Beautiful flower
|Above - Noid d another one
with no id. It looks to have
some guttata and speciosa,
in it though.
|Above - Sinningia sulcata - 5 year old plants first blooms, an
incredible soft yellow\green bloom with lots of pollen. Bloomed
very early May for a couple of days, blooms dropped in rain and
then blasted, hopefully will bloom this fall.
|Above - Sinningia piresiana - incredible plants with 6 leaves, that starts blooming almost as soon as
the stem gets a few inches off the ground. I have a couple of hybrids using this plant, it tends to
give its hybrids striping in the throat. Nice bubble gum pink with burgundy stripes and spots, also a
|Above - Sinningia Richard Holder 1 - This is a hybrid by Richard Holder, I have had it for several years and you can see the
large tuber it will form. I believe it is (eumorpha x reitzii) with maybe something else in the mix. It has upright growth and
smaller blooms, but really intense color. I crossed this to eumorpha several years ago and most of the plants were identical
to this one, but one has beautiful white blooms and larger flowers, it stays at my job with me.
|Above - Sinningia 700 series - left 702, dusty pink with intense color over all the
bloom. Right 706, paler pink with iarae shape of bloom. All of these hybrids
have intense coloration that permeates the blooms.
|Above - Sinningia warmingii 'Esmeril' - upright grower, it has an unusual color, soft brownish red, with deep red
on the petals. It is very striking with a dozen blooms all open at once.
|Above - Sinningia 'pink leuco' (leucotricha x piresiana) - incredible pink blooms
against silver foliage, blooms every year with large clusters of blooms. It
unfortunately, seems to be sterile as pollen or seed parent.
|Above - Sinningia 'Peridot's Bubbling Butter' - I bought this at the Tennessee Lawn & Garden Show from our
booth. I have made several crosses using S. bullatta, they make large plants with striking blooms, mine
have all been in the orange range. I was really surprised when this one bloomed and is deep red-wine with
stripes in the throat. Glad I took the chance and bought the little fellow.
|Above - Achimenes 'Apple Cider' - The dark
foliage with deep pink blooms makes a
stunning display plant.
|Above - Achimenes mexicana - Beautiful plant with soft, fuzzy leaves, then large
lavender/blue blooms. It makes a large plant and is very showy.
|Above - Achimenes 'Little Red' - A small
achimenes with soft red blooms with peach
overtones in the throat.
|Above - Achimenes 'India' - Large flat faced
achimenes with a deep, rich blue. It is a
good dependable variety.
|Above - Achimenes 'Caligula' - Large red
blooms with yellow in the throat, great color
contrast to the other achimenes.
|Above - Achimenes 'Moonstone' - Clear
white blooms that are large and flat-faced.
|Above - Aeschynanthus 'Thai Pink' - It doesn't bloom regularly, but when it does
bloom you can't miss them. Dusty pink calyxes with bright pink blooms sticking out.
|Above - Nematanthus nervosa - Looks great in a hanging basket.
The photo on the left was taken in the spring in the greenhouse,
the one on the right in natural sunlight hanging outside. It is going
into full bloom right now, with about 40 blooms covering it.
|Above - Trycirtis - The toad lily, I have several different varieties but have lost the tags.
They are green all summer and burst into bloom in August and bloom for about two
months. This is a really large cultivar, about 4 feet with blooms on the end of the stems. I
highly reccomend these plants for anyone with a woodland or wildflower garden.
|Above - Hoya species - The wax plants have been around as a houseplant for
years, because they will take horrible conditions and keep growing. This is a plain
green leaved variety my mother bought somewhere about 40 years ago. I took a
cutting 5 years ago and it fills a hanging basket now in the greenhouse. This
spring it decided to have a bloom fest, it had 5 large clusters of these exquisite