(Oregon Alder, Red Alder)
Glossy dark green leaves with red veins, platy gray bark and the persistent brown seed fruits make red alder a great shade tree with beauty and landscape adaptability, including salty soil. Native to extreme western Canada southward into Oregon and California in the United States, it's a vigorous, cone-chaped deciduous tree. Its bark becomes ghostly gray-sandy brown that cracks into flat plates. The inner bark will turn red when exposed to air.
In early spring this tree flowers before leaves...
(Lace Aloe, Torch Plant)
A cute, cold-hardy, ground-hugging aloe from eastern South Africa and Lesotho, this little charmer is an excellent choice for container gardens indoors and out thanks to its tidy form and vivid flowers. Succulent, lance-shaped, evergreen leaves dotted with white warty protuberances and tipped with white tail-like bristles are densely packed into round, perfectly symmetrical rosettes that offset to form clumps. Loose conical clusters of tubular red flowers are borne atop calf-high stems in summer....
A small, stemless, suckering aloe from drylands of southern Africa, this succulent evergreen is valued for its ornamental leaves, compact dense habit, and showy flowers. Broadly lance shaped, light- to dark-green leaves with oblong white speckles and brown-toothed margins are borne in ground-hugging rosettes that spread to form large dense clumps. In late spring and summer they give rise to dense heads of drooping tubular flower on branched knee-high stems. Adapted for pollination by sunbirds, the...
This is a little jewel box aloe that is at home in frost free gardens, pots on the porch or indoors where there is bright light. As its name suggests, this ground hugging Aloe originates from the dry climates of Zanzibar, a small island off the coast of Tanzania.
Zanzibar aloe develops little upright rosettes that elongate over time and travel horizontally, rooting as they go. In addition, it produces lateral plantlets, or pups, over time to form colonies. Sometimes the original point...
(Lily-of-the-Incas, Orange King Peruvian-lily, Peruvian-lily)
Originating from the montane regions of Chile and Argentina, 'Orange King' Peruvian lily is an herbaceous perennial that spreads by rhizomatous tubers. It has upright stems lined with waxy, slightly wavy, lance-shaped leaves of green to gray-green. From mid to late summer many clusters of large, deep orange, lily-like flowers appear. These have delicate brown spots along their throats and are attractive to hummingbirds. After blooming foliage will die back.
Peruvian lily grows best in areas where...
(Alternanthera, Calico Plant)
Brilliant color and good heat tolerance is an irresistible combination, and ‘Brazilian Red Hots’ delivers both. This hybrid tender perennial is fully evergreen and boasts vibrant variegated foliage with purplish centers and fuchsia edges. Each elliptical leaf has a wavy texture. Throughout the year, it produces clover-like clusters of small, white flowers, but these are insignificant and fade against the electric color of the leaves.
For best foliar color, plant ‘Brazilian Red Hots’ in full...