James H. Schutte
(European Honeysuckle, Serotina European Honeysuckle)
Intensely colored flowers give a highbrow look to ‘Serotina,’ a selection of the fragrant European honeysuckle vine, as it climbs and rambles around the garden. Its parent is a deciduous native of Europe and North Africa, a range that suggests its adaptability to both temperate climates and hot, dry regions. The parent has become naturalized in the United States where it is known as woodbine and considered an invasive plant, but ‘Serotina’ is manageable in the garden. Along with its flowers, it has...
Jan Smith, Flickr Contributor
(Golden Chain Tree)
Travel the rivers and forests across Brazil's Amazon Basin, and you'll encounter the showy golden chain tree. This semi-deciduous flowering tree is becoming increasingly more rare as its habitat is destroyed. And it is rarely used in tropical gardens because it transplants poorly its seed is viable for only a short time. Somewhat fast-growing, it attains an an upright, slightly rounded habit. The thin, pale gray to tan bark is warty and exudes bitter milky sap if damaged.
The glossy, emerald...
Twining upward with heart-shaped leaves, the purple bell vine's flower is deep blackish purple and contrasts a cup-shaped, rosy-pink calyx ring at it base. An evergreen, frost-tender small perennial vine that is often grown as an annual in temperate climates, it is native to southwestern Mexico.
The bright, medium green leaves are ornately heart-shaped with very rounded lobes and a slender tip. From late spring to fall, black-purple or maroon-brown flowers appear, trumpet shaped but fully pendent....
Forest & Kim Starr
(Brisbane Box, Vinegartree)
Leathery, lush green leaves, pretty white flowers and colorful bark are the ornamental strengths of the Brisbane box. A great tree for urban conditions, this evergreen is native to the eastern Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland. It attains an oval shaped canopy on top of an upright trunk and branches.
The leaves are oval to lance-shaped and leathery, held in whorls. When young they are glossy light green to red and mature to a bright, medium to dark green. In late spring and summer,...
Golden yellow flowers that look like the flickering flames of a candle have orangey tips that contrast Gold Flash trefoil's fine, light blue-green foliage. A hybrid derived from plants native to the Canary Islands, it is a deciduous vine-like plant that is low but spreading, like a tall groundcover. It may also be called parrot's beak.
It short leaves look like needles and occur in whorled tufts along the stems. The leaves are a medium green with hints of blue and/or silver. In late spring,...
Vibrant crimson flowers that look like the open peak of a parrot or lobster claw contrast Red Flash trefoil's fine, light blue-green foliage. A hybrid derived from plants native to the Canary Islands, it is a deciduous vine-like plant that is low but spreading, like a tall groundcover. It may also be called lotus vine.
It short leaves look like needles and occur in whorled tufts along the stems. The leaves are a medium green with hints of blue and/or silver. In late spring, flame-shaped or lobster...
(Parrot's Beak, Winged Pea)
The flowers of this tropical trailing evergreen perennial are colorful and unusual. They are bright red and/or gold and have a sharp protruding beak-like petal, which is this plant’s commonly called parrot’s beak or parrot vine.
Lotus berthelotii is native to the warm, dry Canary Islands, which exist off the coast of northwestern Africa. It bears feathery silvery-green foliage on low trailing stems. In spring and summer it produces curious beaked flowers that are scarlet, orange-red...
Beautiful, dark, velvety green leaves with crackled yellowy venation lend this jewel orchid spectacular beauty all season long. A native of equatorial rain forests from Indonesia to the Philippines, this terrestrial beauty lacks pseudobulbs but grows from an elongated, creeping rhizome from which emanates stout, fleshy roots.
The pointy, oblong to elliptical leaves are covered with tiny hairs that give the surface a velvety look and feel. The topsides are deep green with ornate contrasting venation...
An alluring foliage plant, the jewel orchid becomes more ornate when days are short by bearing upright clusters of tiny white blossoms. A native of the tropical regions of southeastern Asia, from China to Indonesia, this terrestrial orchid lacks pseudobulbs but grows from an elongated, creeping rhizome from which emanates stout, fleshy roots.
The pointy, oblong to elliptical leaves are deep green to chocolate-black with underlying red tones and pinkish silver veins. The leaf undersides are deepest...
David L. Morgan
(Bluebonnet, Texas Lupine)
The Texas lupine is a small bushy annual, that will sometimes survive as a short-lived perennial. The compact plant puts forth short spikes of blue and white flowers that appear in spring, when the growing conditions in Texas are most favorable. When they first open, the pea-like blooms are blue with white centers, and as they age the white centers turn purple. Insect pollinators know not to visit the older purple-centered flowers. Flowers are followed by dark, pea-like pods. Bluebonnet leaves are...