(Apple, Beverly Hills Apple, Yellow Cooking Apple)
The early producing, ‘Beverly Hills, is a cool weather loving apple that’s well-adapted to the southern California climate. Its small to medium-sized fruits are beautiful pale yellow with occasional red markings. The tender flesh within is moderately tart and sweet. This is a good eating and cooking apple that produces in California as early as June.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple trees. The domestic apple is most commonly a medium-sized tree with a rounded to...
(Apple, Cameo Apple, Dessert Apple, Eating Apple)
Bred in Washington State and first released in 1998, Cameo® is one outstanding apple for both flavor, texture and keeping qualities. The rounded fruits have thin red skin washed with pale yellow to greenish-yellow. The fine, cream-colored flesh of this dessert apple is firm and crisp with a perfect tart, sweet balance. Quality is said to improve with age and fruits keep for months in cold storage. The tree was a chance seedling planted by Darrel Caudle amongst a block or 'Red Delicious' apples in...
(Apple, Chieftain Apple, Red Cooking Apple, Red Eating Apple)
This cold-hardy, red apple was bred in 1917 by Iowa State horticulturist, Spencer Beach. It is a cross between the classic cooking apple, ‘Jonathan’, and the popular eating apple, ‘Red Delicious.’ Many report it tastes better than both its parents. It has lovely red skin and very crunchy, sweet and spicy flesh. ‘Chieftain’ produces later in the season and many be cross-pollinated with its parent varieties or others that bloom at the same time.
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your...
(Apple, Cortland Apple, Red Eating Apple)
This classic, old-time apple is still one of the most popular in United States production. Bred at Cornell University in 1915 as a hybrid between ‘Ben Davis’ and ‘McIntosh’, its medium-sized fruits are red with yellow-green undertones. The flesh within is super sweet and crispy, especially if eaten right after picking. 'Cortland' trees are vigorous and high-producing. Cross-pollinate with 'McIntosh', 'Golden Delicious', 'Honeycrisp' or other apples that bloom mid- to late-season. This fall-producer...
A prolific weed found across most of North America, common mallow is a prostrate to upright annual or short-lived perennial from Eurasia and North Africa. It produces many small, white, often lilac-striped mallow blooms along sprawling to erect stems lined with crinkly, round leaves. It tends to inhabit open fields, disturbed lands, waste ground and roadsides and can withstand growing in very poor soils.
Habit varies widely among individual plants, but all have crinkly, fuzzy, heavily veined...
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(Drummond's Wax Mallow, Texas Mallow, Turk's-cap)
This huge, fast-growing, red flowered shrub offers a unique form of hibiscus blossom that never opens completely. Its curling, clasped petals give it one of its common names, Turk’s-cap. For the same reason, another common name for it is sleepy hibiscus. This is a native from subtropical Mexico south into Brazil and Peru, but has also naturalized in parts of Texas and Florida. It is an evergreen in frost-free regions, deciduous in cool climates. This shrub makes a forest of upright, unbranched stems...
(Twin-spined Cactus, White Cactus)
Creating silvery white, clustered mounds of rounded cacti, Twin-spined cactus is a superb desert ornamental for container culture or dry, frost-free gardens. This species is native to Central Mexico, around Hidalgo and neighboring states. In the wild, it is commonly found beneath nurse shrubs or wedged along boulder bases that offer protection from the searing afternoon sun. In the low desert, such midday protection is essential to survival.
Twin-spined cactus initially produces a single barrel....
(American Aloe, False Aloe)
Once considered an Agave, Manfreda virginica forms a lovely succulent rosette of smooth, waxy, sword-shaped leaves with undulating edges and sharp tips. A native of the southern and southeastern United States, it naturally inhabits rocky wooded areas and dry thickets where soils are somewhat sandy and alkaline. It is very common in the Ozark Mountains.
The evergreen to semi-evergreen rosettes of false aloe are bright waxy green. From late spring to summer rosettes produce 3...