Mark A. Miller
(Oklahoma Dwarf Palmetto)
This compact palm is considered a "semi-dwarf" because it often reaches no more than head height. It is native to the southern United States, from the Carolinas to Florida and across to Texas and is generally found swampy, shady locations. It is the northernmost naturally occurring palm in North America and has excellent cold hardiness that is surpassed only by the needle palm, Rhapidophyllum hystrix. Habit varies; more westerly populations of this palmetto tend to grow an upright trunk,...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Blue Palmetto, Florida Cabbage Palm, Sabal Palm)
With its immense fan-shaped leaves, its stout straight wind-resistant trunk, and its exceptional cold hardiness, this slow-growing, medium-size palm is both beautiful and adaptable. Native to the Southeast United States from coastal North Carolina to Florida, it also occurs on the Bahamas.
The bold, deep green to yellowish green, evergreen fronds are divided into 60 or more long, arching, blade-like segments, that radiate like the spokes of an umbrella. The segments bear narrow, drooping, ribbon-like...
(Lisa Cabbage Palm, Lisa Sabal Palm)
Bringing a new look to a familiar plant, 'Lisa' bears fronds that are stiffer and less divided than those of other cabbage palms. As with more typical forms of the species, its bold fan-shaped leaves, its stout straight wind-resistant trunk, and its exceptional cold hardiness make it a beautiful and adaptable landscape plant. A slow-growing, medium-sized palm, Florida cabbage palm is native to the Southeast United States from coastal North Carolina to Florida, and also occurs on the Bahamas. This...
James H. Schutte
Bearing 15 to 30 immense fan-like fronds atop a slender straight trunk, this remarkably cold-hardy Sabal comes from savannas and deciduous forests in western Mexico. It grows slowly into a medium-sized palm.
The arching, green to bluish green, evergreen fronds are divided into 60 or more long, rigid, blade-like segments, that radiate like the spokes of an umbrella. The segments angle upwards, giving the fronds a "folded" appearance. The fronds are borne atop the trunk on long, erect...
James H. Schutte
(Bay Palmetto, Huano, Thatch Palm)
The bold, bluish-green fronds of this slender-trunked Sabal have strongly drooping leaflets, creating a cascading effect. It is native to deciduous forests and grasslands in southwestern Cuba, Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula, usually occurring on alkaline soil. It grows slowly into a medium-sized palm.
The huge, arching, fan-shaped fronds are divided into 90 or more long, cascading, blade-like segments, that radiate like the spokes of an umbrella. The segments are joined in pairs for...
The dense, imposing hardy sugarcane creates a massive clump of arching leaves and huge pink plumes from late summer to autumn. It naturally grows on hillsides, dry stream beds and sandy riverbanks, from India and southern China to Indonesia.
The tall stalks of this formidable grass have coarse sheaths and long, dark gray-green leaves. Each blade is arching, floppy and slender. The blade's undersides are softly fuzzy. After the autumnal equinox, the stalks produce tall, impressive wispy flower...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Hardy Pampas Grass, Plume Grass, Ravennagrass)
Few ornamental grasses make a bigger statement in the garden than this stately Mediterranean native. Tall, dense mounds of slender, gray-green, fountainesque foliage give rise in late summer to towering stems topped with large feathery heads of silvery, purple-tinged flowers. The show continues into winter as the leaves and seed heads turn tawny-beige with purple and auburn highlights.
Plume grass does best in full sun and rich, well drained soil. Use it as a specimen, herbaceous hedge, or back-of-border...
Despite a link between ‘Navajo’ and ancestors on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico, the parent species is an exotic that just happens to love the American Southwest. It originates in China where it is closely related to the weeping willow, bearing most of its characteristics except the weeping form. This cultivar was named for a specific group of trees planted by the earliest colonials, possibly from Spain. It is an upright, fine-branching, deciduous tree with a globe-shaped canopy. The yellow-green...
James H. Schutte
This beautiful, long-blooming salvia hybrid comes from the famed Huntington Botanical Garden in Southern California. Easy to grow, it is the product of a cross between the deciduous South American species Salvia guaranitica and the red flowered, semi-deciduous Salvia gesneraeflora ‘Tequila’, originating from Mexico.
‘Purple Majesty’ is a large, tall-growing salvia whose well-branched stems are covered with bright green, shiny, slightly puckered leaves which remain evergreen...