Gerald L. Klingaman
(Yellow False Indigo)
Yellow wild indigo is a mounding perennial with attractive yellow pea-like flowers and blue-green foliage. This southern United States native flowers in the springtime on light green stems held above the dense foliage. The tan or brown colored seedpods that form afterwards are also an ornamental feature. Various butterflies will visit the flowers when open.
Yellow wild indigo needs a full sun location for best form and flowering, but also handles up to partial shade. Tolerant of drought, nutrient...
(Screamin' Yellow Baptisia, Yellow False Indigo, Yellow Wild Indigo)
A prized selection of wild indigo, 'Screamin' Yellow' is a large perennial noted for its yellow pea-like flowers and yellow-green leaves. Descended from a native perennial of the southern United States, 'Screamin' Yellow' flowers in the springtime on tall, unbranched, leafy stems. A mature plant can send up dozens of stems, each topped by ten or more flowers, one above the other. Various butterflies visit the flowers. The tan or brown seedpods that follow the flowers are also an ornamental feature....
A fast-growing annual with dense foliage on upright stems, Burning bush is showy in autumn as its leaves turn reddish purple. Native to Eurasia, this species is usually considered a weed elsewhere because it reseeds itself abundantly.
The leaves are thin and oblong or linear, ranging in color from light green to a light gray-green. The soft, fleshy stems are blushed salmon-red and can readily flop or break in a rain or wind downburst. Flowers occur in summer but are inconspicuous. In autumn the...
Forest & Kim Starr
(Butterfly Tree, Nasturtium Bauhinia, Red Bauhinia)
When in bloom, the nasturium-bauhinia looks like a reddish-orange bougainvillea from a distance due to its habit and profuse flowers. A semi-deciduous tree native to southeastern Africa, it grows upright, but has drooping, spreading branches that flop to the ground or on to nearby plants.
The leaves are rounded and divided into two lobes like other Bauhinia. They are a light to medium green and shed during the cool or lightly frosty winter season. The five-petaled flowers bloom most...
(Butterfly Tree, Orchid Tree)
Extraordinary orchid-like blossoms make this tropical tree one of the most beautiful available. Orchid tree is native to Southeast Asia and is well adapted to hot tropical climates as well as more mild ones. It grows to a medium height and has an open canopy.
This semi-evergreen tree loses its leaves in early spring just before it blooms, which really helps the showy flowers stand out. The exotic blossoms are spidery and rich magenta to pink in color. They literally cloak the entire tree creating...
Carol Cloud Bailey
Beaucarnea is a genus comprised of four evergreen, tree-like plants native to the dry, arid regions of the southwestern United States, Mexico, and Guatemala. Most have tall trunks, often with a swollen base. In some species the trunks are unbranched; others branch only after flowering or with age. The trunks or branches are crowned with dense clusters of leaves, which are long, linear, leathery and sometimes slightly rough to the touch. Flowers are produced terminally in branched, pyramidal-shaped...
James H. Schutte
Palm-leaved begonia, a robust Brazilian native, is a tall, shrub-like tender tropical perennial with breathtaking palmate leaves. Each hand-like leaf - made up of 11-20 smaller leaflets that are fleshy and sometimes rippled - is often described as cannibis-like. The leaf stems are a contrasting pink to pink-orange. In spring, long floral stems arise and display creamy white clusters of flowers that are fragrant. Begonia flowers are either male or female, with male blossoms opening first.
(Blackberry Lily, Leopard Flower)
The fruits and flowers of this charming, but heavily self-sowing, perennial add appeal to the summer garden. Blackberry lily is an old fashioned flower that originates from Russia, China and India. It forms upright clumps of stiff, sword-like leaves of medium green. In summer, tall, airy, branched stems appear topped with orange lily-like flowers with red and yellow markings. These are followed by clusters of small, round, glossy black fruits that look much like blackberries.
James H. Schutte
(Hello Yellow Dwarf Blackberry Lily, Yellow Leopard Flower)
The black fruits and yellow flowers of the charming, shorter-growing 'Hello Yellow' add beauty to the summer garden. Blackberry lily is an old-fashioned perennial that originates from Russia, China and India. It forms upright clumps of stiff, sword-like leaves of medium green or bluish gray-green. In summer, the tall, airy, branched stems appear on 'Hello Yellow' with light lemony yellow blossoms. These are followed by clusters of small, round, glossy black fruits that look much like blackberries....
Supplying four-season interest to temperate landscapes, the Korean barberry dazzles with pretty flowers, fruits and rich fall foliage. This semi-evergreen shrub is native to the Korean peninsula and Japan. Its bark is reddish brown and the twigs are densely armed with short spines in groups of one to five. These flattened spines look like tiny duck feet. This barberry also suckers from its base, making it rather difficult to manage.
The elliptical leaves are green. In mid-spring, pendulous clusters...