James H. Schutte
(Dendrobium, Noble Dendrobium, Sentinel Orchid)
Perfect for cool greenhouses or minimally heated winter sunrooms, Dendrobium nobile and its many hybrids are grown for their winter to spring profusion of showy fragrant blooms. In the wild it grows on tree trunks and rocks in temperate, upland forests from the lower Himalayas to Vietnam.
This semi-evergreen perennial carries long lance-shaped leaves on slender, cane-like, 6- to 24-inch (15- to 60-cm) "pseudobulbs." In winter and spring, numerous small clusters of fragrant flowers...
(Male Bamboo, Timber Bamboo)
Male bamboo is one of the Eastern Hemisphere's most important plants for economic uses and is native to southeastern China, India and Southeast Asia. This is a tall, large clumping species that is drought and low humidity tolerant and grows well in areas normally disregarded as being favorable for bamboo. The stems, or culms, have been used by many local peoples in Asia for making paper, building construction, furniture, mats and baskets.
Male bamboo needs full sun in any well-drained soil....
(Mount Kilimanjaro Groundsel)
This shrubby succulent offers a great mass of blue-green color from leaves in tufts. It is a form of an arborescent, or tree-like species native to Kenya, where it grows on Mount Kilimanjaro, hence its name. There, the long, hot, dry season is tempered by the high altitude. This is why this plant is indeed drought-tolerant but not as vigorous in very hot, inland regions. In the wild, this plant grows taller than a human. In cultivation it is much smaller. It produces woody, shaggy stems topped by...
(Golden Bouquet Tree, Yellow Pagoda Tree)
A fast-growing evergreen tree with large clusters, or "bouquets", of yellow flowers, the golden bouquet tree also boasts dramatic glossy green leaves. While it looks like a lush tropical rainforest tree, it naturally exists along forest edges and sandy outcrops in New Guinea and northeastern Australia. The branches are angular and sparse, creating a simple, rounded canopy.
The glossy green leaves are leathery and have wavy edges. When first emerging, they are slightly bronze and reveal hairy,...
(Blueberry Flax, Tasmanian Flax Lily)
Tasmanian flax lily is an evergreen perennial native to southeastern Australia and Tasmania. The leaves grow from underground thick stems that grow laterally and spread to form clumps or colonies. Its leathery strap-like blades are often curved. The lavender-blue flowers are held on branched stems above the foliage and appear from spring to summer. Each flower is small, nodding, star-shaped and centered with a flare of bright yellow male structures called stamens. These are followed by persistent...
(China Pink, Rosemarie White)
Bred for their dwarf size and early flowering habit, Rosemarie Series hybrids are a dependable source of long-lasting color in the summer garden. Their large, single, fringed flowers appear in various solid and bicolor shades of white, pink and red. They are borne profusely atop compact domes of linear, pale green foliage, and bloom from spring throughout summer. This selection, ‘Rosemarie White,’ has ver large white flowers.
Derived from a short-lived perennial species native to China, Rosemarie...
(Silver Dichondra, Silver Ponysfoot)
Dichondra is a low-maintenance, creeping or trailing plant native to the southwestern United States. It is an evergreen perennial in warm climates but is often used as an annual in frost-prone climates. The flowers are small and insignificant. The leaves are heart-shaped to kidney-shaped and attached to long, trailing stems. This vigorously fast growing plant can grow very long in just one season.
Dichondra is very heat and drought tolerant and requires well-drained soil and full sun. Use it...
James H. Schutte
(Dichondra, Silver Falls Dichondra, Silver Ponysfoot)
Dichondra is a low-maintenance, creeping or trailing plant native to the southwestern United States. It is an evergreen perennial in warm climates but is often used as an annual in cooler, frost-prone climates. The flowers are small and insignificant. The leaves of 'Silver Falls' are heart-shaped, covered with soft, silver hairs and attached to long, trailing stems. This vigorously fast growing plant can grow very long in just one season.
Silver Falls dichondra is very heat and drought tolerant...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Asian Ponysfoot, Dichondra, Kidneyweed)
With emerald green to grayish green leaves that look like tiny waterlily pads, Asian ponysfoot is a low spreading groundcover once heavily used as a substitute for turfgrass in warm climates. An herbaceous tender perennial from eastern Asia, it sprawls outward and sends out roots from the horizontal stems as it creeps.
The small leaves are lush green to slightly grayish green are are shaped like a kidney or more rounded and like a waterlily leaf. In summer and fall, tiny flowers appear, ranging...