From right, Vitex from a cutting, Dogwood from seed,
Seedling Camellia and gardenia from a cutting.
Crape Myrtles in the background were sprouts.
Camellia seed pod.
Inside are marble sized black seeds when ripe.
Seed to bloom takes about 4-5 years.
Cuttings are a little faster.
Seedling Camellias and a white Crape Myrtle.
Seed pods on a white Crape myrtle look similar to bloom buds above them.
Seed pods are larger and darker. Seedlings may not look like the parent.
My white Crape sprouts came from the Colonel's Lady's garden in town.
All but 2 were white. They bloomed in a nursery bed so I could
choose before I moved them to permanent homes.
Dogwood seeds are ready to plant when they turn red.
They may be soaked, the red part rubbed off and seeds stratified.
My method is to poke them into the ground when I gather them.
It may take an extra year for sprouting, but I used not to mind.
Oakleaf hydrangea seed heads can be gathered in a paper bag and shaken to release the seeds.
A faster plant is to dig suckers from around the shrub as shown below.
Esperanza, Tecoma stans and Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia pulcherrima are perinnials here, dying back to the ground at frost. They are easily started from seed.
Seeds of Esperanza look like green bean pods but are filled with many small seeds layered in a white tissuepaper-like substance.
Seeds of Pride of Barbados are large flat seeds in a pea-like pod. I have trouble collecting these seeds because they suddenly ripen and the pods open and seeds fall to the ground and disappear. Picked too soon, they tend to mold in the pod.
If like me you grow for the joy of seeing plants from seed to blooom you may choose to grow from seeds, strike some cuttings and collect suckers from underneath mother plants.
If you are on a budget but propagation isn't your interest, you might start with small nursery plants, remembering to give them space.
If you want a finished look the first year more costly full-sized plants are available.