(Canberra Gem Grevillea, Grevillea, Spider Flower)
A hybrid of unknown parentage, 'Canberra Gem' is a rounded, medium-sized evergreen shrub with fragrant, prickly, needle-like leaves and rose-pink flowers. One of the hardiest of the Grevillea tribe, it survives into USDA Hardiness Zone 8a.
The short, awl-shaped, bright green leaves of 'Canberra Gem' are densely borne on ascending, gray-green stems. Spidery clusters of purple-pink flowers appear along the stems from winter to spring, and sporadically at other seasons. Nectar-seeking...
(Grevillea, Noell Grevillea, Spider Flower)
Drought resistance, beautiful flowers, and handsome evergreen foliage combine in this small, dense, mounding shrub. It is derived from Australian species (including Grevillea rosmarinifolia) that thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic soils.
The prickly, awl-shaped, glossy green leaves of 'Noell' are densely borne on arching stems. Spidery clusters of pink and cream flowers appear along the stems in spring. Nectar-seeking insects and birds visit and pollinate the blooms. Individual...
Forest & Kim Starr
Silkoak tree is native to the subtropical rainforest regions of eastern Australia. It produces airy, green, fern-like leaves with silvery undersides and masses of golden flowers that smother the tree in mid- to late spring. The tree partially defoliates as the curled flowers open up in obvious, showy clusters. Because of its beauty, the wood of this tree is harvested and used in the furniture-making industry.
In the right conditions silkoak tree is a fast grower and excels in full sun and average,...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
Delicate flowers and foliage add feminine beauty to this otherwise big, burly shrub for dry, warm climates. Native to New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, rosemary-leaved grevillea thrives in well-drained, slightly acid soils. It has a large stature, upright habit and bears needle-like leaves, much like those of the herb, rosemary. The rich green foliage may become more yellow-green in extreme drought.
This is a winter bloomer, flowering off and on from fall through spring. Blossoms are...
(African Starbush, Lavender Starflower)
Lavender starflower is a stately broadleaf evergreen with an irregularly tiered, upright habit that displays starry mauve or lavender flowers spring through fall. It is a native of southern Africa with a tolerance for wind, seasonally dry and wet soils, and salt. The alluring flowers arise in between the leaves. Occasionally orange fruits develop that will ripen to purple. Nectar-seeking insects and birds will frequent this shrub while in flower.
Lavender starflower grows well in full sun to...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Common Lignum Vitae, Palo Santo)
Loved for its purple to blue-violet flowers that yield bright red fruits, lignum vitae is heat, drought and salt tolerant, making it stupendous as a specimen in the coastal tropics. A rounded evergreen tree from the northern coastline of South America and the Caribbean islands, it is extremely slow growing and has a crooked, knotty form that adds to its beauty. The wood is very dense and does not float.
The green to yellow-green glossy leaves are leathery and held on yellowish leaf stems (petioles)....
Mark A. Miller
(Holy-wood, Lignum Vitae)
Loved for its rich violet-blue flowers that yield bright red fruits, lignum vitae is heat, drought and salt tolerant, making it stupendous as a specimen in the coastal tropics. A rounded evergreen tree from Central America, the West Indies and the Keys of Florida, it is extremely slow growing and has a airy, crooked, knotty form that adds to its beauty. The wood is very dense and does not float, but less so than the common lignum vitae (Guaiacum officinale).
The green glossy leaves are...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Ruggedly handsome branches and the pinnate, green foliage of Kentucky coffeetree casts wonderful shade and adds nearly four-season interest to the spacious landscape. A tall deciduous tree from the interior of the eastern United States, it is rather irregular and coarse in habit when young but eventually attaining a soft, oval crown at maturity. Its bark is deep brown and gray, with lovely ridges developing in the corky tissues, giving it added intrigue when leafless in the cold of winter.
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Baby's Breath, Perennial Baby's Breath)
Baby’s breath is the traditional filler flower for florist’s bouquets. It is an herbaceous perennial plant bearing tall, airy panicles covered with hundreds of tiny white flowers. When in bloom, from early to midsummer, the effect is cloud-like. Off-season it maintains an inconspicuous existence as a dense rosette of lance-shaped, blue-green basal foliage.
Baby’s breath is native to Central and Eastern Europe, where it thrives on dry, stony slopes, often with chalky soil. In the garden, it...
James H. Schutte
This is one of the best of all the double-flowered baby’s breath cultivars. The vigorous and lovely ‘Bristol Fairy’ offers big airy clouds of white blooms in early summer. The flower panicles are strong-stemmed and moderately compact.
Baby’s breath is the traditional filler flower for florist’s bouquets. It is an herbaceous perennial plant bearing tall, airy panicles covered with hundreds of tiny white flowers. When in bloom, from early to midsummer, the effect is cloud-like. Off-season it maintains...