Dainty white flowers dot this shrub's foliage in late spring, followed by astringent deep purple berries in summer and red fall foliage. The purple chokeberry is a thicket-forming upright deciduous shrub from the eastern United States, regarded as a naturally-occurring hybrid between the red chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia) and black chokeberry (Aro..
The flowers of this interesting member of the lily family look like tall upright fiery torches of orange-red and yellow. Redhot poker is a semi-evergreen, clump-forming perennial that originates from the rocky montane regions of the South African cape. It forms dense clumps of green grassy arching foliage that has a rough scabrous texture when touc..
This ornamental all year long hardy and vigorous ninebark is popular for its rich dark purple leaves that turn red and bronze tones in fall. It also offers clusters of beautiful ivory flowers that contrast nicely with the leaves.Ninebark is a hardy deciduous shrub with long-lasting flowers and fruits and exfoliating bark. This tough native of the e..
The fragile, crinkly blooms of rockrose look like small, delicate, roses, but this tough, shrubby perennial can stand up to considerable heat and drought. In the wild, Helianthemum nummularium is found growing in open meadows and rocky, chalky sites across Europe and Asia Minor. It has a low, spreading habit and fine stems lined with small, fuzzy, ..
It is an upright broadleaf evergreen shrub from China and Japan. It is likened to bamboo in habit and appearance but is actually related to barberry.Popular and widely planted in the south, this clump-forming plant produces open cane-like branches topped with airy compound leaves that are blue-green in color and leathery in texture. Leaves are ofte..
Sedum is a perennial with thick, succulent leaves, fleshy stems, and clusters of star-shaped flowers. There are many types of sedums, which all have different uses: use low–growing varieties for ground covers and rock gardens and tall varieties for back borders. Sedums are easy to care for.When growing sedum, keep in mind that sedum plants need ver..
The Serbian spruce is an elegant evergreen tree that is among the most tolerant of summer heat and boasts a tall, lean, conical habit with upwardly curving branches. It is a native of Serbia and Bosnia where it exists at high elevations along regional mountain ridges and favors calcareous soils.The needles of Serbian spruce are flattened, shiny and..
Grown for its handsome foliage that flutters and flashes with the slightest breeze, this medium to large deciduous tree is also valued for its symmetrical habit and its fragrant summer flowers. It is native to Southwest Asia and Southeast Europe.The rich green, glossy, heart-shaped leaves of this hardy tree have fuzzy, silvery-gray undersides that ..
Hardy and reliable, arrowwood is a useful medium-sized to large deciduous shrub that is amenable to many growing conditions and soil types. This native of the eastern United States has straight upright stems, a rounded habit, and distinctive dark green, coarsely toothed leaves that turn shades of yellow, burgundy or purple-red in fall. In late spri..
Abies pinsapo (Spanish fir) is a species of fir native to southern Spain and northern Morocco. Related to other species of Mediterranean firs, it is considered the Andalusian National Tree, and is native to the Andalusian mountains. Abies pinsapo is an evergreen tree growing to 20–30 m tall, with a conic crown, sometimes becoming irregular with age..
Stone pine is native to the northern Mediterranean coastal region (Southern Europe to Turkey and Lebanon). In the Mediterranean area, edible pine nuts from this pine have been harvested since prehistoric times. Pine nuts may be eaten raw or roasted, and may be added to a variety of culinary dishes. This is an umbrella-shaped tree that grows in its ..
This is a small, tropical semi-deciduous tree, named and grown for its unusual, delicious fruits called sugar apples, sweetsops or custard apples. They have a thick rind divided into knobby segments that separate when the fruit ripens to reveal conical, creamy-white segments of sweet, fragrant flesh, some containing a single seed. The flowers are f..
This is a tough shade tree that grows in a wide range of soils. This tree may be used as a lawn tree or street tree. Sugarberry is basically a southern version of common or northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis). Sugarberry differs from common hackberry inter alia by fruits are juicier and sweeter, bark is less corky, leaves are narrower with mos..
Swamp milkweed is native to pond edges and stream banks of the eastern and Midwestern United States. The cultivar ‘Cinderella’ bears rose-red flowers. Though this perennial is a wetland plant, it is very adaptable and at home in sunny gardens.Delightful, lightly fragrant flowers are produce summer through fall. They are born atop upright stems that..
Swamp milkweed is native to pond edges and stream banks of the eastern and Midwestern United States. The cultivar ‘Ice Ballet’ bears clear white flowers. Though this perennial is a wetland plant, it is very adaptable and at home in sunny gardens.Delightful, lightly fragrant flowers are produce summer through fall. They are born atop upright stems t..