(Eastern Larch, Lanark Eastern Larch)
Brightening the landscape with a dense foliar display of light green needles on yellow branchlets, Lanark dwarf tamarack also heralds fall with golden yellow needles. Native to much of Canada and the extreme northern United States, it is a slow growing, dwarfed, deciduous shrub that will become round and chest-high with time.
The needles are bright green, short, three-sided and arranged densely in spiral clusters atop short stubby spurs. The thin, yellowy, young branchlets are held up and out...
(Eastern Larch, Newport Beauty Eastern Larch)
A tiny, dense foliar balled shrub teeming with blue-green needles, Newport Beauty dwarf tamarack also greets fall with golden yellow foliage. Native to much of Canada and the extreme northern United States, it's a dense, dwarf, deciduous conifer that very slowly becomes a rounded mass.
The needles are mildly blue-green, short, three-sided and arranged densely in spiral clusters atop short stubby spurs. The short, young branchlets are held out from the dense congestion of foliage. With considereable...
(Marsh Labrador Tea, Muskeg Tea, Wild Rosemary)
Circumboreal in origin, wild rosemary is a plant of the Northern latitudes, bringing white blossoms to rocky terrain normally cloaked in lichen and moss. More prostrate in habit with some upright but spreading stems, this small mounding shrub is native to lands around the North Pole, including northern Europe and Siberia, and Greenland, Canada and Alaska in North America. Plants are usually buried under snow in winter and grow and bloom in the short summer when snow has fully melted away.
(Duckmeat, Frog's Buttons, Ivyleaf Duckweed, Star Duckweed)
From late spring to fall frost, the still waters on ponds, lakes and the edges of slow-moving streams may reveal a floating mat of star duckweed. Native to the cool-summer areas of the Northern Hemisphere, star duckweed sinks to the bottom of the body of water in winter to escape death by freezing.
When ice disappears and water warms up in spring, the dormant leaf bodies of star duckweed rise up to the water's surface. Floating atop the water, the light to medium green leaves of star duckweed...
(Broom Tea Tree, New Zealand Tea Tree, Tea Tree)
Few drought resistant shrubs can rival the color of a tea tree in full bloom. This large evergreen shrub or small tree has small, prickly, needle-like leaves and many thumbnail-sized blossoms. It is a native of New Zealand where it grows in a wide range of areas from peaty bogs to coastal and montane regions. So, it is surprisingly adaptable, especially to arid sites and soils.
Wild specimens are tree-like, highly variable and not suitable for coiffed formal gardens, but they develop a natural...
(Dwarf Tea Tree)
Tea trees in the Nanum Group are super compact and have neat rounded habits. The pretty ‘Tui’ has cool light pink blooms that warm up against fine needle-like leaves of bronze. It originates from New Zealand where it grows in a wide range of areas from peaty bogs to coastal and montane regions. So, it is surprisingly adaptable, especially to arid sites and soils.
This diminutive shrub has a neat rounded form, unlike most taller tea trees. Bloom time is variable. South of the equator it blooms...
(Dwarf Tea Tree)
Tea trees in the Nanum Group are compact and tend to have rounded habits, though overall size and shape can vary considerably from cultivar to cultivar. All are evergreen and have fine needle-like foliage and small colorful flowers. It originates from New Zealand where it grows in a wide range of areas from peaty bogs to coastal and montane regions. So, it is surprisingly adaptable, especially to arid sites and soils.
Most tea trees are quite large and tree-like, but those in the Nanum Group...
The U.S. National Arboretum
Tufted clusters of flower buds are pretty on sweetbells, eventually opening to small white flowers in late spring. A coarsely rounded shrub that is somewhat irregular in shape, it will form a thicket of plants in soils that are cool and moist. This deciduous to semi-evergreeen shrub is native to the acidic soiled woodlands of the eastern United States, from Maine to Louisiana. Its bark is a mix of green and red tones as well as matte and glossy sections.
The leaves are medium green and glossy...
Bold, coarsely-toothed leaves of The Rocket hybrid ragwort make a stunning backdrop to the black stems and lemony yellow flower spikes of summer. A moisture-loving herbaceous perennial, this hybrid was developed from plants native to eastern Asia.
Forming a clump but quite upright in its habit, 'The Rocket' has large, leathery, triangular leaves with jagged edges and teeth. Attractive already, the leaf undersides are a blackened green. In early to late summer, tall black stems rise above the...