James H. Schutte
(Aloe Vera, Barbados Aloe)
True aloe is an outstanding ornamental succulent that is cultivated outdoors, where winters are frost-free, and indoors as a potted plant for sunny exposures. It is believed to have originated from northwestern Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, but because of a long history of widespread human distribution its true nativity is unknown.
This clump forming succulent plant produces rigid upright rosettes of light green, thick, lance-like leaves edged with tiny yellow teeth. If broken, they emit...
Lemon verbena to North American gardeners, Herb Louisa to European gardeners, Aloysia triphylla is a tender deciduous shrub grown for the odor of its leaves, an extraordinarily pleasant and sweet lemony scent released by untouched leaves and by bruised or crushed leaves alike. The flowers, which appear in late Spring, are white to pale lavender and insignificant and the ornamental value of the plant lies in its canopy of narrow leaves.
Lemon verbena grows best on well-drained, slightly...
(Sweet Almond Shrub, Sweet Almond Verbena)
Perfuming the air, the white flowers of sweet almond verbena attract bees and butterflies. Native to the drier subtropical parts of northern Argentina, this fast-growing evergreen shrub is almost ever-blooming. It is an upright plant but will look rounded with its many horizontal, weeping branches. The oval, gray-green leaves have small teeth on their edges, and overall have a fine sand-papery texture. Towards the tips of the new growth, many small flowerspikes jut out horizontally from the leaf...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Jungle Queen, Red Ginger)
Native to the South Pacific, this large evergreen perennial bears showy conical clusters of brilliant red flower bracts and small white true flowers atop tall stems whenever temperatures are warm and soil moist. The blooms contrast beautifully with the large, lance shaped, medium green leaves. The stems die to the ground in the colder part of its hardiness range, but regrow from thick ginger-scented rhizomes in spring.
After the primary flower fades, smaller, side flowers appear from the base...
Fragrant in all its parts, this large, clump-forming, evergreen perennial is native to tropical Asia and naturalized in other areas of the tropics. Pendulous clusters of waxy, pearly, pinkish white flowers resembling seashells appear atop tall, strong, large-leaved stems in spring and summer. The interior of each flower is yellow with a red throat. The lance-shaped leaves are variegated in some forms. The stems die to the ground in the colder part of its hardiness range, but regrow from thick rhizomes...
(Golden Lotus, Shell Ginger, Variegated Shell Ginger)
Fragrant in all its parts, variegated shell ginger is a large, clump-forming, evergreen perennial native to tropical Asia. Pendulous clusters of waxy, pearly, pinkish white flowers with yellow interiors appear atop tall, strong, large-leaved stems in spring and summer. The leaves of the cultivar 'Variegata' are strikingly marked with yellow and green stripes and blotches. The stems die to the ground in the colder part of its hardiness range, but regrow from thick rhizomes in spring.
James H. Schutte
(Alstroemeria, Lily-of-the-Incas, Parigo Charm Alstroemeria)
Alstroemeria is a bulbous tender perennial grown for its exquisitely dainty flowers which bloom on tall stalks in the summer. Parigo charm alstroemeria produces clusters of salmon-pink, funnel-shaped flowers; the inner tepals are yellow slashed with brown markings. Long-prized by florists as cut flowers, today there are many hybrid cultivars suited to growing in home gardens.
Grow alstroemeria in moist but well-drained, fertile soil in full sun to partial shade. Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer...
Van Zanten Plants BV
Princess Oxana, a member of the Princess Lilies Series, is a non-invasive (sterile seeds), compact dwarf alstroemeria valued for its manageable size and extended bloom season. From spring through fall, plants produce eyecatching flowers that are raspberry-red with yellow throats. These flowers are tube-shaped with six petals and its leaves are narrow, twisted and light green. Foliage dies back as bloom display comes to an end.
Unlike other alstoemeria, this series is specifically cultivated as...