James H. Schutte
(Gladwyn Barberry, William Penn Barberry)
This popular cultivar has a mounded to spreading habit and deep green foliage that turns bronze hues in winter.
Gladwyn's barberry is a beautiful, but thorny, evergreen that is a hybrid cross between Berberis verruculosa and Berberis gagnepainii. It is grown for its glossy, spiny, evergreen leaves that turn bronze in winter. This medium sized shrub is also graced with showy yellow flowers in mid to late spring. The flowers are followed by small blue-black fruits that offer...
(Mentor Hybrid Barberry)
The Mentor barberry is an exceptionally resilient shrub for hedging and deterring trespassers. It originated in Mentor, Ohio, as a hybridization between wintergreen barberry (Berberis julianae) and Japanese barberry (B. thunbergii). Slender yellowish yet stiff branch shoots grow from this generally rounded but upright shrub that's semi-evergreen. The colder the winter, the progressively more deciduous it becomes.
The new foliage in springtime is chartreuse-green, and then matures...
At first glance, the hybrid Ottawa barberry looks like a Japanese barberry on steroids. Ottawa barberry shows intermediate characteristics of both of its parents: European barberry (Berberis vulgaris) and Japanese barberry (B. thunbergii)). It develops into a taller, rounded deciduous shrub.
Rounded oval leaves, sometimes with tiny teeth on the edges, are found on the Ottawa barberry. The leaves are medium green, turning haphazardly yellow to orange-red each autumn. In spring,...
(Hybrid Barberry, Silver Miles Barberry)
The Silver Miles hybrid barberry looks like a purple-leaved Japanese barberry on steroids. It shows intermediate characteristics of both of its parents: European barberry (Berberis vulgaris) and Japanese barberry (B. thunbergii)). Selection 'Silver Miles' has deep red-purple foliage with splotches or blushing hints of silver-gray. This barberry develops into a tall, rounded to spreading mounded deciduous shrub.
Rounded oval leaves, sometimes with tiny teeth on the edges, are found...
Blooms of Bressingham
(Bergenia, Bressingham Ruby Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak)
This selection of Bergenia, ‘Bressingham Ruby,’ has the distinction of dramatic color in autumn and winter, vivid flowers and compact habit. Like other bergenias, it is a low, evergreen perennial with large, rounded, glossy green leaves that grow from a wandering fleshy root in an unruly clump. In mid to late spring the plant sends up tall, thick stems that end in a generous cluster of small, rose-red flowers. In late fall and through winter the leaves are dark maroon and shiny. By spring, some may...
Blooms of Bressingham
(Bergenia, Bressingham White Bergenia, Elephant's Ears, Pig Squeak)
This selection of Bergenia, ‘Bressingham White’ has the distinction of profuse flowering, compact habit, and glossy leaves. Like other bergenias, it is a low, evergreen perennial with large, rounded green leaves that grow from a wandering fleshy root in an unruly clump. In mid to late spring the plant sends up tall, thick stems that end in a generous cluster of small, white flowers. In late fall and through winter the leaves turn shades of maroon. By spring, some may look weatherbeaten and should...
A slow spreading, clump-forming, evergreen perennial, bergenia is a good plant for semi-shady areas. The Bressingham series plants have been bred for their abundant spring blooms, compact habit and shiny, leathery dark green leaves which sometimes turn bronze in late fall and winter. The flowers are held in upright clusters above the leaves. They prefer moist, humusy soil but will tolerate short periods of drought. A nice plant for the woodland border or as a ground cover for small areas.
With fine deep green foliage, buttonbush has woolly button-like flowers from winter to late spring and then decorative tan seedheads that remain on the plant for up to two years. An upright, clumping shrub from South Africa, it is associated with sunny bogs. Its overall shape can also be rounded with a spreading tendency.
The small and narrow leaves are rich green and arranged in whorls all along the upright stems. from midwinter to late spring the stem tips bear small clusters of small, rounded...
Best known for bright red color and sweet flavor, beets are true biennials that produce edible greens and sweet, bulbous roots only a couple of months after planting. They are European origin but enjoyed by many cultures worldwide. In the first year, they store lots of fuel in their large, fleshy, edible roots and then bloom in the second season. If subjected to high heat, plants may bolt in the first year. Their unimpressive flowers are borne in spikes along the floral stems. If allowed to mature,...