What's Blooming in April

Heritage Plants Available in the Garden Shoppe

Several of the plants that grew on the property during Thomas Edison's time are available for sale in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. We select plants that are seasonally appropriate and are happy to provide horticultural tips. We also carry many organic products for the vegetable garden. This month's available plants are as follows:

African MahoganyKhaya senegalensis$20
AgaveAgave cultivars$6-10
Assorted Flowering Annualsblue daze, geranium, alyssum, pansies, wire vine, $1.50-5
BougainvilleaBougainvillea hybrids
Brazilian Cloak Megaskpasma$21
BromeliadsCryptanthus, Tillandsias, Neoreglia, Aechmeas $3-20
Cactus and succulentsVarious single plants and arrangements$5-$30
Copperleaf and Chenille shrubsAcalypha spp. various$12
Crinum liliesCrinum sp. Various varieties$5-10
Crotons 3 gallonCroton varieties$12
Crown of Thorns 6 and 1 gallonEuphorbia $6-$15
Dwarf Pitch AppleClusea rosea ‘nana’$7
FernsHolly, Wart, Elkhorn, Staghorn Fern $10-$25
Flowering Trees Yellow Geiger, Jamaican Rain Tree, White Champaca, Royal Poinciana, Verawood, Jacaranda, Jerusalem Thorn, Ylang Ylang$20-$100
Grafted Gardenia ‘Miami Supreme’Gardenia jasminoides$10-$25
Green Island FicusFicus microcarpa ‘green island’$10
Herbs and VeggiesMany varieties $1-5
HibiscusHibiscus rosa-sinesis cultivars$15-$65
Hypertufa potsHandmade using Portland cement, moss, perlite$12-$40
IxoraIxora varieties$10
Jasmine-arabian,star, and confederate, and night bloomingJasmine sambac Jasmine robusta, Trachelospermum jasminoides, Cestrum nocturnum$10-$20
OrchidsVarious varieties along with Orchid supplies$5-$50
PalmsFoxtail, Royal, Fishtail palm$10-35
Roses-Old Garden and KnockoutRosa sp. $12.99-$25
Sweet Almond BushAloysia virgata$7-$20
Tropical Fruit TreesFig, Jackfruit, Avocado, Allspice, Lychee, Mango, Pitomba, grumichama, guava, jaboticaba, Carambola(starfruit), Mulberry$25 up
Various Butterfly/Native Plants pentas, lantana, porterweed, milkweed, cassias, firecracker, dutchman’s pipevine, passion vine, mist flower, jatropha, duranta$1.50-20
Various container additionsSedum, pepperomia, hoya, $2-$8
Various vinespassion vine, pipevine, blue sky vine, Stephanotis, $20-30

Plants Currently Blooming with Fruit or Seedpods


(Behind the Edison Botanic Research Lab)

Organic VICTORY GARDEN contains a variety of seasonal produce grown by Edison Ford horticultural staff.  Many items such as plants, seeds, compost, fertilizers, and other soil amendments are sold in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Members and Community Garden-raised bedsVarious veggies, herbs, and fruitsIndividual plots of chosen veggies started from seeds or seedlingsWorldwide1
Dwarf Mulberry EverbearingMorus nigra hybridWhite catkinsNative1
Peach ‘Tropic Beauty’Prunus persicaPink flowersFlorida Hybrid1
Red PowderpuffCalliandra haematocephalaRed powderpuff flowersTropical America2

Edison Research Gardens

(Parking lot side of property)

Bead Tree/Red Sandalwood TreeAdenanthera pavoniaRed seeds in a twisted open pod Asia1
Shaving Brush TreePseudobombax ellipticumReddish-pink flowersMexico, Central America2
Indian jujubeZiziphus mauritanaSmall green fruit shaped like an appleAfrica & Southeast Africa1
Yellow IxoraIxora coccineaYellow star shaped flowers in grouped in a large clusterSE Asia2
Edison Research BedsRubber vine, milkweed, goldenrod, crown of thorns, poinsettiaVarious rubber plants for white latex Worldwide3

Banyan Tree Area

Banyan TreeFicus benghalensisMany auxiliary trunks, figs ripening redIndia1
(Edison signature tree)
Flaming GlorybowerClerondendrum splendensRed clustered flowersAfrica1
AzaleaRhododendron sp.Large pink flowersSE Asia2

Heritage Garden

(Next to ticket office)

Herb and vegetable gardens reflect the gardens the Edisons planted in this area.  Extra fruits and vegetables that the Edison family and staff did not consume were sold in downtown Fort Myers.

BougainvilleaBougainvillea ‘Daniel Bacon and Margaret Bacon’ Watermelon colored bracts and purple colored bractsSouth Pacific1
Crinum lilyCrinum sp. White spider-like flowersSouth Africa, Asia2
Butterfly Plants Various host and nectar plants Tropical Sage, Porterweeds, Golden Dewdrop, Jatropha, Privet cassia, milkweed, white vine, passionvine, coral honeysuckle, blue plumbago pentas, blue pea vine, sweet almond bush, lantanaFL Natives2
Lily of the Valley Tree or MakokEleocarpus grandiflorus Drooping white flowersSE Asia3
Papaya, Paw PawCarica papaya Creamy drooping flowersNative 4
Lucky Nut, Yellow OleanderThevetia peruviana Light yellow flowersCentral America, Mexico5
Wildflower GardenVarious wildflower speciesBeach sunflower, twinflower, wild petunia, coreopsis, yellowtop, tropical sage, scorpions tail, mulhy grass, FL. Natives5

Edison Caretaker's Gardens

Dwarf Ylang YlangDesmos chinensisYellow finger-like flowers Tropical Asia1
Belindas Dream RoseRosa sp. Shrub RoseLarge pink flowersHybrid1
Lady of the Night Brunfelsia plicataCreamy extremely fragrant blossomsJamaica1
Crinum lily-Easter Lily, Tree Crinum, St. Christophers LilyCrinum species and cultivarsWhite fragrant flowersSouth America1
Angel TrumpetBrugmansia sp. Large trumpet shaped drooping white flowersTropical America1
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaPink flowers India to China2
Yellow Star Fruit forming
GambogeGarcinia xanthochymusGreen fruit formingChina, India, SE Asia, 2
Rose AppleSyzygium jambosSmall green fruitSE Asia3
Egg Fruit or Canistel TreePouteria campechiana ‘trompo’Tiny green fruit formingSouth America3
Firewheel TreeStenocarpus induatusRed flowersAustralia3
Golden Chalice VineSolandra grandifloraYellow trumpet shaped flower-very largeMexico4
Gardenia Gardenia jasminoidesFragrant white flowerChina1
Hong Kong Orchid Tree Bauhinia x blankeana seedless hybridPurple flowersSE Asia1
Golden ChampacaMagnolia champacaGreen clustered seed podsChina, India, SE Asia1
Bougainvillea Bougainvillea glabraPurple bracts with small white flowersSouth Pacific2
Crinum lilyCrinum asiaticumWhite spider like bloomsIndia1
Chenille PlantAcalphya hispidaRed droops of flowersSouth Pacific2
Dwarf PoincianaCaesalpinia pulcherrimaSeparate trees bear Red or pink flowered West Indies2

Moonlight Garden

(Next to Edison Caretaker's House & Edison's Little Office)

Sweet Almond BushAloysia virgataWhite fragrant flowersArgentinaMcGregor side perimeter-outside moonlight garden
White Mandevilla VineAllamanda bolivenensisWhite trumpet shaped flowersTropical South AmericaInside Moonlight Garden in blue pots
Tropical BegoniaBegonia odorata albaWhite flowersTropicsInside Moonlight garden beds
PentasPentas lanceolataClustered umbels of white star shaped flowersEast AfricaPlanted throughout
Antique RosesRosa spp. ‘ white pet’, ‘Marie Pavie’ and ‘Prosperity’Pink rosette flowers/white clustered flowersNorthern HemisphereOn walkway at entrance and at chimney trellis
Water liliesNymphea hybridsPink, purple, lilac flowersTropical HybridInside reflecting pool
Angel TrumpetBrugmansia suaveolens White flowers ‘Super Nova’SE BrazilSouth side perimeter and East side perimeter

Edison Pool Area

Banana Musa acuminataFruits visibleSoutheast Asia and Australia1
Walters ViburnumViburnum obovobatumWhite clustered flowersFL. Native5
Dahoon HollyIlex cassineRed berriesFL. Native3

Edison Rose Garden

(Next to Edison Ford House)

A formal garden of antique roses, representing Mina Edison’s interest in roses, has been installed on the north side of the Edison House. A long list of her roses is in the Edison archives. Roses with an *asterisk were on Mina’s 1929 list.

Mutabilis (1894)China roseFlower opens yellow, changes to orange to pink and then crimsonChina
Louis Phillipe (1834)China roseDouble deep crimson flowers with a blush centerChina
Maitland White (date unknown)Noisette roseWhite flowersUnknown
Madame Josephine Schwartz (1880) *Noisette roseOn Mina Edison’s 1920 rose list; white cabbage- shaped flowers China
Mademoiselle Franziska Kruger (1880)*Tea roseWhite, near white, or white blended with pink flowersChina
Mrs. Dudley Cross (1907)Tea roseDouble yellow flowers that blush pink in sunEngland
SpiceUnknown found Pinkish-yellow fragrant Bermuda
Blush Noisette (1817)Noisette roseCupped double blush white flowersSouth Carolina
Marie van Houtte (1871)*Tea roseYellowish-pinkFrance
Perle des Jardins (1890)*Tea roseOrange to golden pinkFrance
Madame LombardTea roseDeep pink France

Edison Main House Gardens

Chenille PlantAcalypha hispida Red flowers South Pacific1
PeriwinkleCatharanthus roseusWhite flowersSouth Africa1
Ground OrchidsSpathoglottis plicataTerrestrial orchidsSouth Africa2
Yesterday Today TomorrowBrunfelsia paucifloraPurple, lavender, white flowersBrazil2
Bougainvillea ‘Barbara Karst’Bougainvillea sp. Fushia bractsBrazil2
Old Garden RosesKathleen’s Bermuda Mystery, Mrs. B R. Cant, Cramoisi Superieur, DucherPinks, reds, and whitesNoisettes, Chinas, Teas, and Climber Classes of Roses3

Edison Guest House Gardens

Bougainvillea ‘Imperial Delight’Bougainvillea sp.Variable pink-colored bractsSouth Pacific1
Crown of ThornsEuphorbia milliYellowish-white flowersSouth Africa2
Kings MantleThunbergia erectaBlue flowersIndia2
Tropical BegoniaBegonia odorata ‘alba’White flowersSouth Africa3
Yesterday Today TomorrowBrunfelsia paucifloraPurple, lavender, white flowersBrazil3
Sausage TreeKigelia pinnataBurgundy flowers followed by sausage shaped fruitTropical Africa4

Edison Gardens (Riverside)

Cycad collection Many genus and speciesOldest known seed-bearing plant; eaten by dinosaursAfrica and Asia1
Blue MahoeTalipariti elatumBurgundy flowersCaribbean2
Turks Cap or Sleepy HibiscusMalvaviscus penduliflorusScarlet flowers that appears to not have openedMexico to Central America3
Bismark PalmBismarkia nobilisLarge black inflorescenceMadagascar4
Roxburgh Fig TreeFicus auriculata Green fruit borne on trunkChina5
Candle TreeParmentiera cereiferaLong slender green seed podsPanama1
IxoraIxora chinesisClustered Red star shaped flowersChina2
Vanilla OrchidVanilla planifolia Vine grows up the Pink Floss silk tree-yellow flowers open one dayMexico2
Calabash TreeCresentia cujeteGourd shaped fruit forms on trunkCentral America3

Edison Gardens (Mcgregor Side)

Cluster FigFicus racemosaGreen fruit on trunkAsia1
StarfruitAverrhoa carambolaYellow star-shaped fruit and pink flowersIndia2
Blue Sky VineThunbergia grandiflora Light blue trumpet flowersIndia1
Shaving Brush TreePseduobombax ellipticum Pink flowers similar to shaving brushesMexico, Central America1
Ylang Ylang TreeCananga odorataYellow fingerlike fragrant flowers-perfume tree essential oil in Chanel #5SE Asia2
Tamarind Tree Tamarindus indicaBrown seed pods used in Worcestershire sauce-tiny yellow flowersEast Africa3

Ford Gardens

Green ButtonwoodConocarpus erectusSmall green berry-type fruitFL. Caribbean1
FirebushHamelia patensOrange flowersFL. Native1
Glory bower ‘bleeding heart’Clerodendrum thomsoniaeWhite flowers with red centerWest Africa2
Jatropha TreesJatropha integerrimaClusters of small red flowers, also a pink varietyCuba1
PowderpuffsCalliandra haematocephalaRed and white powder-puff flowersBolivia1
Oranges, Grapefruit, Lime, Lemon, and Tangerine, Citrus sp. White fragrant flowers followed by green fruitChina2
Starfruit Averrhoa carambola ‘Fwang Tung’Tiny pink flowers with yellow star-shaped fruitTropical Asia2
Blue PlumbagoPlumbago auriculataSky blue flowersSouth Africa3
Clara Ford Rose Garden Old Garden RosesWhite, yellow, pink, and apricot colored flowers Crosses from Europe and China4

Note: Orchids and Bromeliads are in bloom in various locations throughout the Edison Ford gardens.

Many new citrus trees have been planted to represent the original Edison and Ford collections, including varieties of oranges, grapefruit, kumquats, limes, lemons, and calamondins. They are blooming and fruiting throughout the year.

Edison Ford Garden Shoppe open daily 9AM - 5:30PM.  
Edison Ford Garden Tours offered every Tuesday at 10:30AM. 

For more Edison Ford Garden information on "What's Blooming in April" contact the Edison Ford Horticulturist at 239-334-7419!