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SUBTROPICAL ORCHIDS FOR LANDSCAPE USE
For over 50 years the Santa Barbara Orchid Estate has been collecting and developing outdoor garden type orchids. Our nursery is famous throughout the horticultural world. Because we have been at it for more than half a century, the variety and size of our specimens are unmatched. Our years of experience helps us to help you select plants that work for your situation.

In most landscaping the plants will have to experience some heat and frost. Certain hardy orchids have proven themselves resilient under such conditions and can make a spectacular and rewarding addition to a garden or landscape.

Here are some of the most popular and satisfactory orchids for use in landscaping.

Specimen Cattleyas
Specimen Cattleyas
Often people are surprised to learn that there are many varieties of Cattleyas, the most showy and illustrious of the classic orchids, that are perfectly suited for outdoor garden culture. They are happy to grow potted, or mounted to trees, walls, and rocks, or hanging in slatted wooden baskets. Different varieties bloom in different seasons which allows the collector to enjoy blooms for an extended period of time. Some varieties even bloom more than once a year. The flowers of this family of orchids come in several sizes and colors : white, white with accent colors, shades of purples and pinks, art shades, and even blue tones. Many varieties are highly fragrant.

Specimen large flowered classic types start at $100 to $250 depending on size and variety.
starting at
$100.00
Specimen Cymbidiums
Specimen Cymbidiums
In 1910 Mr. Hertrich introduced Cymbidiums into the landscape of Huntington Gardens. They are the most well known garden orchid. In bloom these plants have long lasting, semi-erect sprays of flowers in most any color. These plants are also popular for their long, graceful, strap-like foliage, and are grown best potted or in garden beds.

Specimen plants range from $75 to $250 depending on size and variety.
starting at
$75.00
Specimen Dendrobiums Of Australia
Specimen Dendrobiums Of Australia
These are among the most hardy of outdoor orchids. The Eastern slopes, valleys, and shoreline of Australia are known to be similar to California. These orchids grow wild there, because such places in Australia receive year round rainfall, and although they can not grow wild in California they are right at home under typical garden care. These plants vary in size, some are more miniature and others become truly gigantic specimens. Wonderful for rock gardens, ground beds, potted, and on hillsides, trees, and fences. Flower color ranges from shades of purples and pinks, to yellows, and white. Some varieties are highly fragrant.

Specimens range from $50 to $350 depending on size and variety.( Pricing for Dendrobium speciosum, the specimen feature in the back of the truck, is unique. Because this plant is valued as much for its non-flowering landscape quality as its flowers, specimen pricing ranges from $250 to $325. As a guide, a $250 specimen would look appropriate in a 5 gallon container)
starting at
$50.00
Specimen Laelias Of Mexico
Specimen Laelias Of Mexico
These exceptionally showy and resilient orchids are great for growing mounted to trees, walls, and boulders. They also make a beautiful addition to rock gardens, and can be grown potted, or hanging in slatted wooden baskets. In bloom these orchids produce clusters of 3 – 4 inch wide flowers in various colors : white, purple, pink, yellow, orange, red, and even blue. Each cluster of flowers is supported by a graceful, slender 1 – 3 foot long stem.

Specimen plants range from $50 to $325 depending on size and variety.
starting at
$50.00
Specimen Miltonias Of Brazil
Brazilian Miltonias produce amazing growths and are eager to bloom when grown outdoors, unlike the Colombian Miltonopsis that are difficult for garden use. The Miltonias command a variety of color types, and are well suited for growing on trees, rocks, rocky slopes, and in hanging slatted wooden baskets. Their blooming season begins in late Summer and continues through Autumn.

Specimens range from $50 to $175 depending on size and variety.
starting at
$50.00
Specimen Oncidiums
Specimen Oncidiums
The blooms of these orchids produce flowers in cloud-like formation around their stem. The flowers range in color from intense yellow, combinations of yellow and brown, brown, and some pink. These orchids are native to the areas between Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. They grow happily in trees, rock gardens, ground beds, potted, and in slatted wooden baskets. Different varieties bloom in different seasons.

Specimens range from $50 to $375 depending on size and variety.
starting at
$50.00
Specimen Reedstem Epidendrums
These are the roadside gems of the Americas, and they are terrific bloomers. They provide trouble-free flashes of color in a garden, and bloom throughout the year. Grown easily in ground beds or potted.

Specimens ranging from $50 to $100 depending on size and variety.
starting at
$50.00
Specimen Sarcochilus
In nature these colorful spring bloomers grow exclusively on rocks, but in cultivation they grow well mounted on trees and fences, tucked into rock work, and in hanging slatted wooden baskets. The attractive foliage is compact, its fleshy leaves and distinctive growth habit give it an appealing, almost succulent appearance. These orchids are famous for their eagerness to flower. Shaped like cherry blossoms, their blooms come in various shades and combinations of white, pink, and red.

Specimens ranging from $50 to $350 depending on size and variety.
starting at
$50.00
Specimen Schombolaelias
The candelabra orchids of the Americas. Large plants that grow 3 – 5 foot tall slender flower spikes topped with clusters of large, showy flowers. Flower color varies between pink, purple, and white. Ideal for big trees, rock gardens, garden beds, and large containers. The different varieties bloom between Autumn and Spring.
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Specimen Sobralias
Specimen Sobralias
These hardy Central American orchids grow clumped together, and their attractive 3 –5 foot tall foliage is strongly reminiscent of bamboo. They boast large 4 – 6 inch showy flowers, similar to the look of classic cattleya flowers, that grow on top of the plant’s canes in summer. Each top that blooms will flower several times in the blooming season. The flowers are charming shades of pink, purple, yellow, and white. Grown best in ground beds or large containers.

Specimens range from $100 to $250 depending on size and variety.
starting at
$100.00

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