(Ivy of Paraguay)
At first glance, you may mistake the ivy of Paraguay as a miniaturized Virginia creeper. The small, leathery, green leaves on this tropical evergreen vine -- native from southern Brazil westward to northern Chile -- comprise three or five leaflets.
The medium green leaves on this fast-growing and slender vine are accompanied by tendrils. In summertime, tiny green flowers occur in clusters opposite the leaves. Glossy oval berries ensue. The leaves and fruits contrast the reddish stems nicely.
(Marine Ivy, Mexican Grape Ivy, Mexican Sorrelvine)
Known as marine ivy or Mexican sorrelvine, this mostly herbaceous vine that grows from a woody stem base hails from arid northern Mexico. Naturally inhabiting salt marshes, chaparral and open woodlands, both its leaves and fruits provide ornamentation to the dry garden.
Simple or forked tendrils help the stems clasp onto trees or climb over shrubs. Evergreen only when frosts don't occur, marine ivy's leaves are smooth and dark green and dry green and papery thin. Typically each leathery and fleshy...
James H. Schutte
(Sageleaf Rockrose, White Rockrose)
This rockrose isn’t a true rose but a drought- adapted, large-flowered shrub from the Old World. It is found along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and further inland where winters are mild and rainy followed by a long, dry summer. The leaves are small, rough and gray-green, typical of many plants adapted to drought. They are are rich in potent oils once extracted as a substitute for the ancient perfumer’s ambergris.
These evergreen shrubs do their growing during the moist winter months. In...
Rockrose is a hardy, evergreen shrub. It is a natural hybrid between Cistus ladanifer and Cistus populifolius, both native to the Mediterranean region. Shiny, sticky leaves are lance-shaped, opposite on the stem and have smooth to wavy margins. The lovely, papery, abundant, summer flowers are solitary and open for one day. They are roundish, flat, white with a red tint, have a center of bright gold stamens and reminiscent of wild roses. The stems and foliage have a pleasant, resinous...
(Crimson-Spot Rockrose, Rockrose)
Rockrose is a hardy, evergreen shrub. It is a natural hybrid between Cistus ladanifer and Cistus populifolius, both native to the Mediterranean region. Shiny, sticky leaves are lance-shaped, opposite on the stem and have smooth to wavy margins. The lovely, papery, abundant, summer flowers are solitary and open for one day. The cultivar ‘Maculatus’ has flowers which are roundish, flat, white with a red to maroon spot at the base or each petal. The flowers have a center of bright gold...
James H. Schutte
This demure, pink-flowered rockrose is a prized, evergreen shrub for dry cottage gardens. It is a hybrid of Cistus parviflorus with Cistus monspeliensis, both native to southern Europe and adapted to a Mediterranean climate of mild, wet winters combine and long, dry summers, a combination that has produced some of our most attractive drought-resistant plants.
Though small, this shrub was once highly valued by Old World perfumers for the oil in its gray-green aromatic leaves....
Keith Weller, USDA/ARS
(Watermelon, Wild Watermelon)
Nothing celebrates summertime like a sweet slice of watermelon! A native of the southern regions of Africa, the watermelon is a tender annual vine that needs a long warm growing season to produce its famous fruits. The vines become quite large and cling using tendrils but are best left grounded. The sheer weight and size of melons precludes fence or trellis training.
Warm weather is necessary for flower and fruit development. This popular fruit produces separate male and female flowers on the...
(Crimson Sweet Watermelon, Watermelon)
Enjoy summertime with a refreshing slice of watermelon. The super sweet, large-fruited 'Crimson Sweet' offers some of the best slices around. The round, green melons are striped and have sweet, crisp, deep red flesh inside. This variety takes 85 days to mature from planting seeds to harvest. It is resistant to wilt and anthracnose problems.
Watermelon is a tender annual tropical vine that needs a long, very warm growing season to produce its famous fruits. Yellow, bee-pollinated flowers appear...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Golden Crown Watermelon, Watermelon)
This 1991 All-American Selections winner is a small watermelon that boasts golden skin and crisp, sweet, red flesh. The oval watermelons weigh between 5 and 7 pounds (around 2 to 3 kg) when mature. Vines are resistant to powdery mildew and anthracnose. This vigorous variety bears mature fruit in 70-80 days from planting.
Watermelon is a tender annual tropical vine that needs a long, very warm growing season to produce its famous fruits. Yellow, bee-pollinated flowers appear among the attractive,...
(Jubilee Watermelon, Watermelon)
This is one huge watermelon! The large, oblong melons of ‘Jubilee’ are green striped on the exterior and have crisp, sweet, red flesh on the interior. Fruits have been known to reach up to 35 pounds (~16 kg.). ‘Jubilee’ is an ideal cultivar for the American South due to its ability to withstand high heat. The vines are also quite disease tolerant—particularly to fusarium wilt and anthracnose. This vigorous variety bears mature fruit in 95 days after planting seeds.
Watermelon is a tender annual...