James H. Schutte
(Alexander Palm, Solitaire Palm)
Alexander palm is a small, feather-leaved palm native to northeastern Australia. The slender gray trunk is ringed with old leaf scars. The arching, dark green fronds emerge from a swollen green crownshaft. Large panicles of fragrant creamy white flowers followed by red fruits are borne beneath the crownshaft in summer.
Alexander palm grows best in partial sun to partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil that is not alkaline. It is a good choice for courtyards, small lawns, and other confined...
Of all the early spring flowers, this is certainly one of the most wondrous. The elegant curved stems of pasque flower rise from the ground in very early spring and offer large fuzzy, violet-purple flowers with a wealth of golden yellow stamens. Each six-petaled bloom is nodding when it first opens and then extends upwards to face the sun. This clump-forming herbaceous perennial is native to alpine regions across Europe.
The flowers of pasque flower are surrounded by hairy, light green leaves...
(Pasque Flower, White Pasque Flower)
Feathery light green leaves of the white pasque flower surrounds the nodding, ivory and haired blossoms in spring. A clumping herbaceous perennial, it is native to Europe from the United Kingdom eastward to the Ukraine.
The soft, hairy, light green leaves are deeply and narrowly lobed, looking feathery. In mid- to late spring, stems rise above the emerging foliage with an ivory bud that opens to a six-petaled, cup-shaped flower that first nods and then turns to the sun. The flower is creamy white...
James H. Schutte
Light green leaves of the red pasque flower contrast the nodding, red-violet and haired blossoms in spring. A clumping herbaceous perennial, it is native to Europe from the United Kingdom eastward to the Ukraine.
The soft, hairy, light green leaves are deeply and narrowly lobed, looking feathery. In mid- to late spring, stems rise above the emerging foliage with a pink bud that opens to a six-petaled, cup-shaped flower that first nods and then turns to the sun. The flower ranges from red-purple...
(California Sunset Pomegranate)
Grown primarily as an ornamental shrub, ‘California Sunset’ is a flowering, fruitless pomegranate. This bushy shrub has spiny stems and opposite, lance-shaped to oblong leaves. Its abundant summer blooms are vase-shaped, firm and fleshy. They have crinkled ivory petals with bright coral red stripes and are produced at the branch ends singly or in clusters.
An easy to grow plant, pomegranate requires full sun and will tolerate most soils with good drainage. It even tolerates rocky, poor soil...
James H. Schutte
(Bromeliad, Puya, Sapphire Tower)
A large-growing alpine bromeliad, the sapphire tower produces a large, upright stalk lined in hundreds of turquoise-sapphire flowers. This succulent, evergreen bromeliad -- a relative to the pineapple -- is native to the sunny, dry slopes of the Andes in subtropical Chile.
The long, slender but stiff leaves radiate outward from the basal stem, creating a tall, rounded rosette. The leaves are light gray-green, occasionally blushed with purplish hues. The leaves also are lined with vicious tiny...
(Blue Puya, Bromeliad, Puya)
Looking more like a grass clump or agave, the blue puya is an arid bromeliad -- a relative of the pineapple -- native to the higher elevations of central Chile. The most curious feature is the three-petaled, green-blue flowers that are glossy and metallic, almost looking pewter.
A low stem bears a spreading rosette of deep gray-green leaves that are narrow and lanced, often arching. Edges have sharp but small teeth. Mature-aged plants, forming a clump, produce upright stalks that bear hundreds...