(Cape Jasmine, Gardenia, Variegated Gardenia)
The variegated gardenia has glossy white, creamy pale yellow and dark green leaves and double white blossoms. It is more slowly growing than the species. This medium to small shrub originates from China, Taiwan and Japan. From late spring to summer it produces waxy, ivory flowers exude oils with a lovely fragrance.
Acidic, evenly moist soils with good drainage are crucial for plant health and successful blooming. Common gardenia grows best in full to partial sun and should be provided with good...
(Everblooming Cape Jasmine, Gardenia)
Best known for its compact habit and vigorous flowering, Everblooming Cape Jasmine is a superb evergreen shrub for southern gardens.
This small shrub originates from China, Taiwan and Japan. Its neat, bushy habit and glossy, dark green leaves provide landscape interest all season. From summer to fall it produces many large, waxy, highly perfumed, ivory flowers. These are quite large and their sweet fragrance is so pungent it can be detected from afar.
Acidic, moist soils with good drainage...
(Cape Jasmine, Gardenia, White Gem Gardenia)
Best known for its lush foliage, dwarf stature and wonderfully ornamental fragrant flowers, ‘White Gem’ is a superb evergreen shrub for warm climates. From late spring to summer it produces many single, waxy, white flowers whose light fragrance permeates the garden. Flowers have six whorled petals that barely touch each other. Sporadic flowers may be seen in the cooler days of late summer and fall.
Acidic, evenly moist soil with good drainage is crucial for plant health and successful blooming....
Wavyleaf silktassel is an arresting sight in midwinter when it drapes itself with long, cascading, ghostly-gray flower clusters. This medium to large evergreen shrub is native to California and western Oregon.
Leathery, wavy-edged, oval leaves are paired along the upright to spreading branches of this rounded shrub. The leaves are glossy deep green above with downy gray undersides. In early winter, plants produce numerous drooping chains of gray-green flowers. Individual plants bear either long,...
James H. Schutte
(Boxberry, Chilean Pernettya, Chilean Wintergreen, Prickly Heath)
The glossy foliage of prickly heath is a delicious foil for the white flowers and crops of tiny white to violet-purple berries that persist into winter. A compact, spreading broadleaf evergreen shrub, it suckers from its roots, sprouting new stems nearby to form a gentle thicket. It's a native of northern Chile and Argentina.
Glossy green leaves are beautiful to look at and are tapering ovals with sharp points and notched teeth. In late spring, small white to light pink flowers appear that are...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Australian Willow, Wilga)
Finely textured leaves and a slightly weeping habit make this an elegant tree for hot, dry climates. A small, slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen from eastern Australia, it has ascending, arching central branches and pendulous outer branches, the whole forming a rounded crown. Branching begins low on the trunk. The aromatic, willowy, narrowly lance shaped leaves dangle gracefully from the branches. They are shiny dark green in partially shaded sites, and somewhat paler in sunny locations. This tree...
Scores of trees and shrubs in the genus Gordonia grow across the moist forests of mild-climate southeastern Asia. Two species are native to the New World, from southeastern North America to central South America. At least 63 species are known, but as many as 80 are possible as botanists explore more habitats and rework tedious classifications. All species are broadleaf evergreens, just like their close cousins, the camellias.
The leaves are leathery and shaped like ellipses, lances or...
Mark A. Miller
(Aussie Crawl Grevillea)
This mat-forming shrub has deeply lobed evergreen leaves and burgundy-red spring flowers. Its parentage includes Grevillea laurifolia, a prostrate species from the Blue Mountains of southeastern Australia.
The oak-like leaves of 'Aussie Crawl' are alternately borne on trailing, carpeting stems. The leaves flush bronze and mature to dark green. Toothbrush-shaped clusters of dark red flowers appear along the stems from late winter to late spring, and sometimes again in fall. Nectar-seeking...