Mark A. Miller
(Alpine Forget-Me-Not, Mountain Forget-Me-Not)
A quaint wildflower of the alpine regions of Europe, Asia, and northwestern North America, this small, fuzzy-leaved, sometimes short-lived herbaceous perennial produces rich blue flowers in mid-spring. It is often confused in horticulture with woodland forget-me-not, Myosotis sylvatica, which is a prolifically self-sowing biennial.
Plants form low tufted clumps of fuzzy, oblong, light green leaves. Dense clusters of five-petaled flowers appear on compact stems from mid-spring to as...
Renowned as the source of bayberry wax, this aromatic medium-sized deciduous shrub from eastern North America makes a serviceable and attractive garden subject. Handsome, shiny, oval leaves are densely borne on rounded, suckering plants, and often remain attached well into winter. Male plants bear interesting gray-green catkins in spring; female plants have inconspicuous flowers that give rise to terminal clusters of small waxy gray berries which contain the fragrant waxy tallow used in bayberry...
Boasting glossy dark green leaves, tiny white blossoms that yield purplish-plum colored fruits, African boxwood or cape myrtle is a tough plant suitable for urban landscapes as well as more ornamental applications in refined gardens. A slow growing, rounded to upright boradleaf evergreen shrub, it has a wide natural distribution: Azores and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Himalayan region of India and China.
The glossy, dark green leaves are oval and release an aroma once crushed. Emergent leaves...
(Compact Tarentum Myrtle, Tarentum Myrtle)
This versatile dwarf selection of common myrtle makes a fine evergreen shrub for hedging or topiaries in dry, mild-climate gardens. Its parent is a true Mediterranean species that is native to Europe. There it has been grown since antiquity both as a commercial source of perfume oil and as a garden plant. In the wild it can be found on poor soils in protected locations. This makes ‘Compacta’ a fine choice for difficult sites in arid regions. This dwarf myrtle is a fine-branching, rounded, evergreen...
(Compact Heavenly Bamboo, Heavenly Bamboo)
A medium-sized tender evergreen shrub often planted near temples in its native China and Japan, heavenly bamboo is prized by gardeners worldwide for its colorful lacy leaves and attractive flowers and fruit. The cultivar 'Compacta' offers all these virtues at two-thirds the size. The airy compound leaves are reddish-purple when young and again in fall and winter. The foliage and stiff upright stems suggest those of bamboo, particularly when pruned in the Asian fashion with the lower leaves thinned...