Carol Cloud Bailey
(Areca Palm, Golden Cane Palm, Yellow Bamboo Palm, Yellow Butterfly Palm)
Areca palm is a popular tropical plant that is native to Madagascar. It has glossy, graceful, feathery compound leaves that have long, narrow, bright green leaflets along a yellow frond stem. In summer it produces small yellow flowers followed by yellow to purple fruits.
This pleasing palm forms multiple trunks and large clumps. It is used extensively as a landscape palm in frost-free locations and an interior specimen where not hardy. Outside, it prefers full sun to partial shade and very...
Remarkable for its coral-like hues, this rosette-forming evergreen succulent was raised by Richard Graessner of Perleberg, Germany, some 75 years ago. It remains a popular variety. A hybrid of Echeveria gibbiflora 'Mettalica' and E. elegans, it produces one or more ground-hugging rosettes of spirally arranged, rounded, gray-purple leaves that shade to rosy mauve at the rosette's center. The entire rosette is dusted with a silvery patina. Each rosette may attain the breadth...
(Echeveria, Mexican Gem, Mexican Snowball)
Mexican Gem is native to Mexico and has succulent leaves that form a stemless rosette. This species produces a silver-blue rosette that puts forth disproportionately long spikes of pink and yellow flowers in spring or summer. This plant is a wonderful clumping colonizer and develops off-shoot babies that spread and root where they touch soil, often giving them the name of tropical hens and chicks.
This succulent thrives in full sun and prefers dry sandy soil that is moist in summer. Occasional...
This soft little fuzzy succulent has beautiful leaf color that adds interest to small gardens and pots. It is a rosette-forming species that hails from northern Mexico. This evergreen forms small asymmetrical rosettes comprised of fleshy, football-shaped leaves with a burnished-red cast along the leaf edges. The rosette will occasionally send out pups, or lateral plantlets. As these accumulate, the plant develops a mound-like habit.
This succulent has large, beautiful flowers, but it is not a...
(Echeveria, Painted Lady)
Providing year-round interest with its bold rosettes of colorful evergreen leaves, this beautiful succulent perennial is native to dry limestone cliffs in central Mexico. The rather loose rosettes of fleshy, oval, gray-green, maroon-striped leaves are borne atop short stems. Plants develop into architectural mult-stemmed clumps.
In summer and early fall, each rosette may produce a knee-high flower spike bearing small red-flushed pale yellow blooms.
This cold-tender, sun-loving perennial needs...
James H. Schutte
Spreading relatively rapidly to form clumps of large silvery ground-hugging rosettes, this Mexican native is one of the most commonly grown echeverias. Comprising 20 or more spirally arranged, blue-green, silver-dusted leaves, each rosette can grow as wide as a dinner plate. The spade-shaped leaves terminate in a small bristle. A compact stem topped with a branching cluster of orange, bell-shaped flowers arises from the center of each rosette in late summer or early fall, attracting hummingbirds....
(Echeveria, Topsy Turvy Echeveria)
Literally a new twist on the Mexican native Echeveria runyonii, 'Topsy Turvy' has leaves that are curiously curled and folded. It spreads relatively rapidly to form clumps of large ground-hugging rosettes, each comprising 20 or more spirally arranged, blue-green, silver-dusted leaves. Each rosette can grow as wide as a dinner plate. The up-curled leaves are folded lengthwise, appearing chevron-shaped in cross section. A compact stem topped with a branching cluster of orange, bell-shaped...
Crazy Pink coneflower (cultivar 'Adam Saul') is a hardy, prolific perennial that often has dozens upon dozens of flowers open at one time. Its fragrant blooms have a large, orange central disk accentuated by true pink petals that point downward.
Big Sky coneflowers all attract bees and butterflies and provide seeds for hungry birds in the fall and winter months. Use these perennials in flower borders, en masse in landscape beds, in meadow or in a sunny container.
They grow best full to partial...
James H. Schutte
(Hybrid Coneflower, Orange Meadowbrite™ Coneflower)
This beautiful clump-forming perennial was the first orange-colored hybrid coneflower and inspired a flood of new colors to the Echinacea palette. The parents of this hybrid, Echinacea purpurea ’Alba’ and Echinacea paradoxa, are North American in origin and naturally inhabit prairies and grasslands. Orange Meadowbright™ was bred by Jim Ault of The Chicago Botanic Garden.
The plants have semi-glossy lance-shaped green leaves that are sparser than those of purple coneflower....
James H. Schutte
A compact, prolifically blooming purple coneflower, this Chicago Botanic Garden introduction is a hybrid of three echinacea species. For many weeks in summer, this hardy herbaceous perennial bears medium-sized daisies with perky horizontally held rose-pink petals surrounding a large orange-brown "cone." The blooms draw flocks of butterflies. The petals drop after withering, leaving the seed-bearing cone. The rough, lance-shaped, dark green leaves are narrower than those of "standard" purple coneflowers....