Zone 7 (mild climate)
A slow-growing, spreading-canopied deciduous tree, American hornbeam is native to southeastern North America from Canada to Mexico. The ridged, gray, smooth bark looks like there are flexed muscles under it, yielding another common name of musclewood. It may also grow with many trunks and attain a form much more shrub-like, albeit large.The pretty,..
Pokeberry (Phytolacca Americana) occurs naturally in the fields and woodlands of the eastern United States with rare occurrences west of the Mississippi River. It is a large species of plant, often reaching over 6 feet in height with ovate, textured leaves and a central flower stalk that develops into a cluster of purplish berries in late summer. A..
The spiny fruits, palmate foliage and stark appearance of the American sweetgum are all unmistakable. This impressive tall, deciduous tree is native to the central and southeastern United States from New York to Florida and across to Texas. Specimens are also said to grow into Mexico and Central America. Sweetgum is an incredibly adaptable hardwood..
The Angel Trumpet is a decorative container plant with large, fragrant flowers. This variety has as a special feature blue-violet, filled flowers. Flowers from August to October.The plant is usually cultivated as a solitary in a large bucket. All plant parts are poisonous. Grow in moist, well-drained soil in full sun with filtered afternoon shade...
Charming, versatile and vibrant with a great variety of colours and shades. Superb planted in bedding displays, mixed borders, patio containers and rock gardens.Phlox drummondii is an annual phlox that is native to grasslands and open woods in central and eastern Texas. It has escaped gardens and naturalized along roads, fields and waste areas in m..
From spring to summer, this annual produces multiple flower spikes with tiny flowers enclosed in showy bracts in shades of white, pink, or purple and marked with darker veins. Plants grow to 60 cm tall and about half as wide. They are especially dramatic in large groupings. It is excellent as a long-lasting cut or dried flower.Provide moist but wel..
A great tasting variety with good bolt tolerance. Enjoy the pungent taste of it and it is a great addition to salads.A superb variety with attractive large, smooth, round leaves and great peppery flavour with a bit of bite.Heat tolerant so slower to bolt than other varieties.According to ancient traditions, eating it will bring you good luck. The o..
Arabian or Arabica coffee is a lovely upright evergreen shrub with graceful gray-barked branches, fragrant white flowers and fruits (drupes) that yield some of the best coffee for drinking. Native to Ethiopia but now cultivated in wooded, high-altitude plantations throughout the tropics, Arabica coffee is by far the most economically important of a..
What an explosion of color! Bronze-purple leaves and orange flowers make 'Vesuvius' campion a festive addition to the cottage garden. A short-lived perennial, it is a hybrid between Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonica) and Haage campion (Lychnis x haageana). The plant grows as a tufted clump of bronzy purple green leaves that are slightly hairy and..
Asparagus fern is a tuberous, semi-woody perennial native to South Africa. In its native habitat, it is a scrambling subshrub that survives in a wide range of habitats across the southeastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. These include rocky lands, scrub, coastal dunes and wooded areas. In the landscape and garden, it is grown primarily for its soft, fea..
China Aster ‘Supreme Belstead’ is a lovely aster variety.Grows up to 50 centimetres in height. The centre of each flower is filled with tubular and ligulate white flowers that greatly contrast with the outer ligulate purple flowers.Flowering over a period from July to late autumn, China Aster ‘Supreme Belstead’ is suitable as part of a border. They..
Ninebark is a hardy deciduous shrub with long-lasting flowers and fruits and exfoliating bark. This native of the eastern United States suckers and has an irregular habit and informal look but tough constitution. In the wild it exists along the fields and forest margins of uplands and lowlands.The small lobed leaves of ninebark are typically dark g..
An evergreen Tree growing to 30m by 8m at a fast rate. It is hardy to zone 6. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to June, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant) and are pollinated by Wind. The plant is not self-fertile. The plan..
Though native to China, Korea and Japan, autumn olive has become naturalized across all of eastern North America since its initial introduction in 1830. The silvery red berries of this large deciduous shrub are produced in profusion and eaten and spread by birds and other wildlife. Tough and fast-growing, the autumn olive was once favored as a road..
This low-growing plant is wonderful in front of borders and as an edging for beds, walkways, and paths. Try it tucked between the paving stones in a patio. Plant it in rock gardens. It's a natural for containers.All species of Nemophila are annuals, and most bloom in the spring. Their flowers have five petals and are bell or cup-shaped, blue, often..