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Glory bush (Tibouchina urvilleana) is native to northeastern Brazil, and so it thrives in the bright sun, heat, and humidity of Chicago summers. Royal purple flowers 5 inches in diameter cover this large, velvet-leaved shrub throughout most of the growing season. Glory bush will tolerate partial shade but flowers best in full sun, and it needs moist soils.

Glory bush (Tibouchina urvilleana) - this flower grew in our backyard growing up - loved it!

Flower Red Pansy Viola

Pansy seeds grow quickly and produce this Swiss Giant Alpenglow that is cardinal red marked with a black blotch in the center. This flower seed can be used for fall blooms.