(Dwarf Yesterday Today and Tomorrow, Raintree, Yesterday Today and Tomorrow)
This shrub is commonly called yesterday-today-and-tomorrow because its blooms open purple, fade to lavender and finally to white with all three colors occurring on the shrub. 'Floribunda Compacta' is a freely blooming smaller shrub. Its flat, pansy-like flowers are borne in clusters from spring into fall.
Though it tolerates full sun, this plant is native to the woodlands of Brazil and does best with dappled shade. Raintree needs moist, humusy soils that are slightly acidic. In neutral to alkaline...
(Raintree, Today and Tomorrow, Yesterday)
This shrub is commonly called yesterday-today-and-tomorrow because its blooms open purple, fade to lavender and finally to white with all three colors occurring on the shrub. 'Floribunda' is a very free-flowering selection with a open growth habit. Its flat, pansy-like flowers are borne in clusters from spring into fall.
Though it tolerates full sun, this plant is native to the woodlands of Brazil and does best with dappled shade. Raintree needs moist, humusy soils that are slightly acidic. In...
(Butterflybush, Lo & Behold Butterflybush)
Grown for its compact, non-invasive habit and elongated clusters of blue flowers, the dwarf moderately-vigorous hybrid butterflybush ‘Blue Chip’ A.K.A. Lo & Behold™ is a tough shrub that is a cross between Buddleja davidii, B. lindleyana and B. globosa. It was developed at the J. C. Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.
This butterflybush has silvery gray-green leaves on low spreading multi-branched plants. Lo & Behold™ produces...
James H. Schutte
(Orange-eye Butterflybush, Orchid Beauty Butterflybush)
Grown for its elongated clusters of rich lavender-pink flowers, the compact butterflybush ‘Orchid Beauty’ is a tough shrub with an short rounded habit.
Asian in origin, it has dark gray-green leaves that are very silver-white when they first emerge. From summer to fall it produces clusters of numerous tiny tubular lavender-pink flowers with orange eyes. These are sweetly fragrant and appear at the ends of the branches. They will continue to bloom with greater regularity if spent flowers are...
(Bulbine, Cat's Whiskers, Rankkopieva)
Bulbine is a tough, evergreen perennial native to South Africa. It is a low-growing plant, which spreads slowly by underground stems to form large clumps. Its dense leaves are round and juicy and reminiscent of chives. Bulbine bears many tall, leafless flower stalks above the foliage that look somewhat like cat whiskers. These are topped with spikes of small, star-shaped, yellow flowers with masses of stamens. Blooms appear throughout the year in warm climates, but are most plentiful spring through...
(Bulbine, Hallmark Bulbine, Hallmark Cat's Whiskers)
Hallmark cat's whiskers is a tough, evergreen perennial with airy spikes of orange-yellow flowers. It originates from South Africa and has round and juicy leaves reminiscent of chives. It is low-growing plant, which spreads slowly by underground stems to form large clumps. The cultivar ‘Hallmark’ is a little more compact than standard Bulbine. It bears many tall, leafless flower stalks above the foliage. These are topped with spikes of small, star-shaped, orange flowers with masses of yellow stamens....
Intrigue, murder and thievery have followed the orchid; world explorations have been launched and fortunes won all in the pursuit of these exotic flowers. Since the 19th century, when tropical orchids were first introduced to Europe, orchids have inspired human desire and greed because of their rarity, collectability and indescribable beauty.
Measured in geologic time Orchidaceae was once thought to be a newer family but recent research has shown it is much older. One of the largest plant families,...
Despite the malodorous nature of the greenish brown cap-like flowers of Burford's bulbophyllum, this fall-blooming orchid is a reliable performer and conversation piece. A tropical epiphyte from the hot and humid forests of New Guinea and eastern Indonesia, it dots upper tree branches and produces slightly stinky flowers that attract flies as pollinators.
The slender, bright green leaves of this orchid are thick and leathery. The plants are comprised of many pseudobulbs, each carrying only one...
Large, flopping, tongue-like leaves and clusters of dark red flowers that reek of rotting meat, make Bulbophyllum spiesii an orchid that should be encountered at least once! (But maybe not twice.) A tropical epiphyte from the hot, humid forests of New Guinea eastward into the nearby Pacific Islands, it thrives along low and mid-level tree branches and trunks. The rotten stench of the flowers attracts green bottle flies, which pollinate the blooms.
Plants are comprised of a small group...
James H. Schutte
(Boxwood, Chicagoland Green® Boxwood)
An exceptionally cold-hardy hybrid boxwood that does well in the Upper Midwest United States as well as in other regions with harsh climates, 'Glencoe' is a dense compact evergreen shrub that eventually forms a mound twice as broad as high. The small rounded paired leaves emerge soft green and deepen to dark glossy green. They may take on a burgundy tinge in winter. Bees visit the non-showy fragrant spring flowers.
This shrub prefers moist, well drained soil and some winter protection from wind...