(Fragrant Daphne, Winter Daphne)
'Leucanthe' is a pleasant selection of winter daphne is an intensely perfumed shrub that comes from China and Japan. Blooming in the winter with clusters of creamy white flowers makes this plant a prize for the warm temperate garden. Flowers are followed by pretty red fruits that contrast against the glossed leathery dark green leaves.
Unfortunately, this shrub is short-lived and demanding in its culture. Winter daphne requires extremely well-drained but moist neutral soils, so careful watering...
James H. Schutte
While most daphne shrubs are prized mainly for their fragrant flowers, Daphne tangutica not only flowers in profusion and over a long period, but also bears numerous red fruits. The berry production extends the ornamental interest of this broadleaf evergreen into nearly three seasons. It's native to the highland forests of southwestern and central China, including Tibet.
The yellow-green branches become purplish-red and brown on this upright but rounded plant. The leathery dull, deep...
James H. Schutte
Arising from a cross of Daphne caucasia and D. odora, the burkwood daphne is a small semi-evergreen shrub. Planted for its fragrant blooms in late spring, it features tight clusters of white flowers flushed with light pink. Burkwood daphne may also lightly rebloom late in the growing season, especially after a hot summer. Its lance-shaped leaves have a bluish tinge and are attractively arranged in whorls.
Humusy, mildly acidic and well-drained soils are important to this plant,...
James H. Schutte
(Burkwood Daphne, Carol Mackie Burkwood Daphne)
This attractive selection of burkwood daphne is a small semi-evergreen shrub, but may drop its leaves in colder areas. 'Carol Mackie' is treasured for its fragrant blooms and beautiful variegated foliage. It bears the name of its original owner, Carol Mackie, of Far Hills, New Jersey. This cultivar was then introduced into the trade by the Arnold Arboretum in 1969. It demonstrates exceptional winter cold hardiness.
In late spring, pink flowers that fade to white appear in tight clusters and may...
(Harford's Tree Poppy, Island Bush Poppy)
Grown for its lush evergreen foliage and sunny poppy-flowers, this medium to large shrub from California's Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz islands makes a great choice for mild-climate gardens.
Bluish green, blunt-tipped, oval leaves crowd the upright to arching branches of this relatively cold-tender shrub. Numerous bright yellow, four-petaled poppies are borne toward the branch tips from spring into summer. The solitary, 2- to 3-inch (5- to 7.5-cm) blooms have a central flourish of orange-yellow...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Hopbush, Hopseed Bush)
Native throughout much of the tropics, this large broadleaf evergreen shrub thrives just about anywhere that winters are mild. Willowy, firm, yellow-green leaves are densely borne on upright spreading stems, often standing erect on the branches. Inconspicuous blooms in late spring and summer give rise to large colorful seed capsules which may be red, purple, pink, tan, yellow, or green. They dry to a papery texture. The cultivar 'Purpurea' has bronze or burgundy foliage.
This tough shrub...
(Hopbush, Purple Hopseed Bush)
Native throughout much of the tropics, hopbush thrives just about anywhere that winters are mild. The cultivar 'Purpurea' has bronze or burgundy foliage. The willowy, firm, often upright leaves are densely borne on ascending, branching stems. Inconspicuous blooms in late spring and summer give rise to large lobed maroon seed capsules. They dry to a papery texture.
This tough shrub does well in sun or partial shade and almost any well drained soil. It tolerates salt spray and drought. Although...
(Dragon Tree, Song-of-India)
Dracaena reflexa is a tender evergreen shrub or small tree native to Madagascar and Mauritius. The shiny dark green leaves of the cultivar 'Anita' are narrowly lance-shaped, giving it a fine-textured elegance lacking in many dracaenas. They leaves spiral the upright stems from base to tip. Mature plants may bear large clusters of greenish-white flowers. Grow this plant as a multi-stemmed shrub or as a small tree pruned to a short trunk.
This handsome and durable plant does well in partial...