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Zone 7 (mild climate)
Thunbergia alata, or Black-eyed Susan vine, is a frequent sight in hanging baskets. As common as they are, most people not only don't know what they are, they don't think to grow them. That's a shame, because Black-eyed Susan vine is as easy care as it is charming. The flowers have an almost pop art look to them, with a solid center surrounded by a..
Though pretty and fast-growing, black locust is weak-wooded, short-lived and generally weedy. It is hardy, deciduous and forms a broad, upright canopy when mature. Some are more shrub-like. Natural populations are believed to have originated from the eastern United States, particularly along the Appalachians and Ozark Mountains, but have spread acr..
Black mulberry is a fast-growing, rounded deciduous tree with inconspicuous flowers and edible fruits. The flowers are pale green and tiny and appear in clusters that produce bead-like fruits attached to a fleshy core in an oblong cluster. The clusters go from red to black as they mature, and resemble blackberries, but are only mildly sweet and fla..
Piper nigrum is a tropical plant that produces the popular black pepper of commerce that have been used for many years as culinary spices or seasonings. This species is native to southern India and Sri Lanka. It has been used in Indian cooking since at least 2000 B. C. Today, it is commercially grown in a number of additional tropical areas includi..
Easy to grow, long flowering border plant. Great for cutting.Brilliant daisy-like blooms with wonderful complementary colours. Excellent for cut flowers and the perfect to lift mixed borders. Usually grown as an annual.Blooming from July to October. The flowers are superb for cutting and attract many pollinators, such as bees and butterflies.Grow R..
Rich golden blooms are highlighted by prominent green central cones. Beautiful in borders and as cut flowers. Usually grown as an annual.Native to much of North America. It is a warm season wildflower that can be found growing in old-fields, thickets, rocky prairies, meadows and roadsides. Wonderfully easy to grow and long-blooming.The rich green l..
A decidious Shrub growing to 3m at a medium rate. It is hardy to zone 4. It is in flower from March to April, and the seeds ripen in October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. It is noted for attracting wildlife. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and ..
Colutea arborescens is a species of leguminous shrub known by the common name bladder senna. It is native to Europe and North Africa, but it is known on other continents where it is grown as an ornamental and used in landscaping for erosion control. It is also known in the wild as an occasionally weedy escapee from cultivation. The shrub takes a ro..
Bloodtwig dogwood is a multi-stemmed, large, deciduous shrub with upright branches and a spreading, suckering habit. This European native is grown for its colorful young stems of blood red that turn dark red-green to brown as they age. In early summer it produces many flattened, rounded clusters of white flowers followed by small, oval, blue-black ..
Cupid's dart is a short-lived perennial that originates from southwestern Europe. It forms clumps of grassy leaves which are accented by single blue to blue-lilac, white flowers with dark centers from midsummer to fall.Cupid's dart is adaptable but best when grown in gritty, well drained soil and full sun. The plant will degrade and expire much mor..
When looking upon a mature false indigo in bloom it looks much like a small shrub, but it’s truly an herbaceous perennial, meaning it dies back to the ground each year. Native populations of false indigo exist across a large part of eastern North America, in all but a few of the most southern states. They tend to grow in old-fields, prairies and ot..
Blue grama grass is a perennial warm season grass grown for its fine, gray-green leaves and one-sided decorative flowers. A compact grower, it is native to the arid western United States and Mexico where soils are dry and alkaline.Fine, narrow, gray-green leaves emerge in spring. In summer slender stems rise above the foliage lined with one-sided f..
English lavender is an aromatic, evergreen garden herb that thrives in summer heat and dry weather. It is technically a subshrub, which means it behaves like a perennial but develops woody stems over time. This Western European species is more tolerant of moister growing conditions, which is why it is commonly grown in England, though it still thri..
Malva sylvestris is a species of the Mallow genus. It’s also called “common mallow” and “high mallow” or “tall mallow.” Pretty, bright, and typically some shade of purple, it’s long been used as an emollient.A very easily grown plant, succeeding in ordinary garden soil.Today, malva has found new popularity as a soothing and softening ingredient in ..
Passionflower is a fast-growing evergreen climber from South America. The flowers emerge in summer and are stunning and exotic. Bowl-shaped, white with blue centers, they bloom repeatedly through the fall. The yellow-orange fruit is edible but not particularly tasty.This fast-growing vine is one of the most hardy passionflowers, and tolerates many ..