The hybrid perennials in the Bush Series are profusely flowering evergreens from Australian parents, Anigozanthos humilis and A. flavidus. In late spring and summer, tall, stems, branched near the top, arise with curiously interesting flowers. Tube-shaped and slghtly fuzzy, their colors range across the warm hues. Flowering can continue from spring into fall, or year round in ideal conditions.
Kangaroo paws should be planted in a moist but well-drained soil that is kept drier...
(Mangles' Kangaroo Paw, Red and Green Kangaroo Paw)
This dainty strap-leaf perennial from the Australian bush offers a truly exotic flower for small gardens. The red and green kangaroo paw is the floral emblem of Western Australia where it grows on the floor of eucalyptus forests. Demanding extremely well-drained, moist sandy soils, it may be grown at slightly elevated locations with heavier soils. Do not group it with desert plants as it cannot withstand extreme low desert heat.
The long, grayish green, iris-like leaves produce clumps that...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
Certain to attract hummingbirds, desert honeysuckle explodes with orange-red colored blossoms from midsummer to fall. A deciduous shrub that attains an irregularly rounded shape with upright branches, it is native to the Edwards Plateau of Texas into northernmost Mexico.
The dull light to medium green leaves are small and lance-like, sometimes having a hint of white or silver on them. Beginning as early as midsummer, peaking in early autumn and waning until late autumn, the branch tips are lined...
(Flame Honeysuckle, Wright's Desert Honeysuckle)
Certain to attract hummingbirds, flame honeysuckle explodes with vibrant orange colored blossoms from midummer to fall. A deciduous shrub that attains an irregularly rounded shape with upright branches, it is native to the Edwards Plateau of Texas into northermost Mexico.
The dull light to medium green leaves are small and lance-like, sometimes having a hint of white or silver on them. Beginning as early as midsummer, peaking in early autumn and waning until late autumn, the branch tips are...
(Hybrid Cape Mallow, Slightly Strawberry™ Cape Mallow )
A hybrid developed as part of a breeding program in Cobbitty, New South Wales, Australia, in 2004, the Slightly Strawberry™ cape mallow freely produces bicolored lavender-pink and red blossoms. Its parentage stems from species native to South Africa. Cape mallow is an evergreen shrub or woody-stemmed perennial with an informal habit. It bears a profusion of pretty flowers from spring until frost or year round in warm climates. Deadheading isn't necessary and plants are drought-tolerant once established.
(Hybrid Cape Mallow, Tara's Pink Hybrid Cape Mallow)
Overall, the hybrid Anisodontea ‘Tara’s Pink’ is larger and bushier than most, and its pink flowers are larger than those of the two most commonly cultivated species, Anisodontea capensis or Anisodontea x hypomadarum.
Cape mallow is an evergreen hybrid shrub with an informal habit. It bears a profusion of pretty flowers from spring until frost or all year round in warm climates.
Its stems are slender, upright, green or purple and covered with dense hairs. They...
(South African Mallow)
South African mallow is an evergreen hybrid shrub with an informal habit. It bears a profusion of pretty flowers from spring until frost or all year round in warm climates.
Its stems are slender, upright, green or purple and covered with dense hairs. They support fuzzy leaves that are three-lobed, oblong and alternate on the stem. The flowers look a bit like Rose-of-Sharon blooms. They are five-petaled, funnel-shaped and soft pink with purple veins.
Plant South African mallow in full sun...
Forest & Kim Starr
This is a small, tropical semi-deciduous tree, named and grown for its unusual, delicious fruits called sugar apples, sweetsops or custard apples. They have a thick rind divided into knobby segments that separate when the fruit ripens to reveal conical, creamy-white segments of sweet, fragrant flesh, some containing a single seed. The flowers are fragrant and bloom on the branch tips singly or in clusters of two to four. Never fully open, they are yellow-green on the outside and pale yellow on the...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(African Ansellia, Leopard Orchid)
A magnificent large orchid with spotted flowers in late spring and summer, leopard orchid also has a white root mass that forms a bucket-like clump that naturally vegetates treetops. A cold-tender evergreen from the drier forests across all of tropical sub-Saharan Africa, from the coastal plains to interior highlands, it is varies widely in flower color.
The giant plant produces many cane-like noded pseudobulbs that carry six to seven strap-like green leaves. From late spring to summer, each...
James H. Schutte
(Chervil, French Chervil)
The lush, green, fern-like foliage of chervil has the flavor of parsley and anise and bears airy umbels of white flowers in summer. This fast growing annual forms a lush, mounded clump of upright, leafy stems when temperatures are cool and mild. It is native to Europe and western Asia where its greens are used to flavor many dishes. In fact, it is best known as a component of the classic French herb mixture, fines herbes, which also contains chives, parsley, tarragon and marjoram, among others.