James H. Schutte
(Atlantic Whitecedar, Shiva Atlantic Whitecedar)
The Shiva Atlantic white cedar is a dwarf selection that produces soft needles each spring with a silvery light green color. It is a tidy but rounded pyramid-shaped shrub with broad soil adaptability, a trait of its parent, native to the coastal plains of the eastern United States from Maine to Florida and Mississippi. Rekha Morris selected this plant as a seedling during a visit to Cape Cod, and Clarence Towe of Walhalla, South Carolina introduced it into the American horticultural trade.
Carol Cloud Bailey
The relatively short stature of this popular palm make it ideal for smaller landscapes and interiorscapes. Cat palm originates from southeastern Mexico where it naturally can be found growing in the damp forest understory and along moist stream sides. Plants tend to sucker and eventually form concentrated, dense clumps. Most cat palms are sold as container foliage plants for the houseplant market.
This attractive clump-forming palm produces green, elegantly arching, pinnately compound fronds....
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Neanthe Bella Palm, Parlor Palm, Table Top Palm)
The elegant parlor palm is a small evergreen palm that’s a favorite for interiorscape as well as tropical and subtropical landscapes. It is native to the rainforests of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, but sadly it’s rare in the wild due to deforestation and over-collecting.
The pinnate fronds of this palm are light to medium green and, or feather-like, with narrow leaflets. They are held upright but gracefully arch downwards. In the warmth of late spring, tiny yellow flowers are borne on a branched...
Like many other Chamaedorea, sangapilla palm is a favorite shade-tolerant palm for indoor container culture as well as tropical landscapes. A native of Peru, this small, clump-forming, evergreen palm naturally exists on the understory of low and mid-level rainforests, so it is adapted to lower light and high heat and humidity.
The dark green leaves of sangapilla palm are forked like a fish tail at their tips. When conditions are favorable, mature specimens produce fragrant orange...
This small rainforest palm is near extinction in the region of southern Mexico where it’s native. It is a very popular interior specimen and or tropical landscape plant. Often known as metallica palm or dwarf fishtail palm, Chamaedorea metallica is a solitary plant with one slender dark green trunk ringed with leaf scars, though it is often planted in clusters.
Its unusual pinnate leaves look like a large, pleated fishtail and have an opalescent, metallic sheen. They are usually grouped...
This bamboo palm originates from the New World tropics, primarily Mexico and Central America. Chamaedorea pochutlensis is found in the Sierra Madre Mountains and northwestern Mexico. It is a clustering species noted for its beautiful form and gracefully arching fronds. This bamboo palm is either grown as a tropical landscape plant or house and interiorscape specimen.
The attractive leaves of this bamboo palm are pinnate, or feather-like, and have an even number of leaflets. They are...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The airy, upright reed palm is a graceful, easy to grow and thrives in low light conditions. It remains short and manageable and forms suckering clumps of palm canes. Native populations exist from southeastern Mexico to Honduras and naturally inhabit the understory of moist, forested areas. It has been introduced to southern Florida where it tends to be found in disturbed forested areas.
Ferny, pinnately compound leaves of rich green crown this graceful palm year round. In summer, mature...
(Matted Sandmat, Prostrate Spurge)
Practically every gardener has come across this warm-season, summer weed. Prostrate spurge forms nearly flat, spreading mats of small, deep green or green and burgundy-blotched leaves that can be found in sunny beds and pavement crevices across the whole of the United States, southern Canada and northern Mexico. It is an annual weed that produces loads and loads of seeds, so it's essential to pull plants as soon as they pop up in the garden.
Dense, spreading mats of small, oval leaves supported...
Commonly known as fireweed in North America, this pretty wildflower bears tall spikes of bright rose flowers in summer and fall. It is native across much of the northerly regions of the northern hemisphere where it thrives in moist ditches, old fields, open woods and along forest and stream edges. It is commonly called "fireweed" because this true pioneer species responds well to fire and is one of the first plants to seed in and thrive after a fire. It spreads by both seed and wide-spreading rhizomes...