Mark A. Miller
What a grand silvery palm! Bismarck palm is an evergreen native to Madagascar. It has a single, stout trunk and a symmetrical crown consisting of large, waxy, silver to blue-green, fan-shaped palm fronds. Its flowers are yellow and occur in the crown of foliage.
Drought tolerant and heat-loving, Bismarck palm requires full sun and does well in a wide range of well drained soil types. Too much shade and the leaves are not as silvery. Its growth and habit will be much better if given ample water...
James H. Schutte
This is one big North American perennial. It naturally inhabits the sunny moist prairies and old fields of the central United States and reaches bold heights.
White doll’s daisy has a tall, upright, bushy habit. It is clump-forming and spreads slowly via rhizomes. Its stems are lined with lance-shaped leaves that are deep green to gray-green. In midsummer to fall its stems become topped with many delicate yellow-centered daisies that may be white or lavender-pink. These appear in multitude...
(False Aster, Pink Beauty False Aster, White Doll's Daisy)
This boltonia, ‘Pink Beauty,’ is a selection of a hardy, upright perennial native to the central and eastern U.S. The plant grows as a cluster of upright stems, leafy at the base, less leafy at the top, where they branch many times to form clusters of small,upward-facing, daisy flowers with narrow pink petals and a small yellow center. Flowering begins in autumn and at full bloom the plant is a high cloud of light pink above a dense forest of narrow, stiff, green stems. In full sun the plant is reliably...
This variety of white doll’s daisy has larger daisies and tends to be shorter than the standard species. It is a large North American perennial that naturally inhabits the sunny moist prairies and old fields of the central and northeastern United States.
White doll’s daisy has a tall, upright, bushy habit. It is clump-forming and spreads slowly via rhizomes. Its stems are lined with lance-shaped leaves that are deep green to gray-green. In midsummer to fall its stems become topped with many...
The patented cultivar Jim Crockett® is noted for its relatively compact height, numerous pale violet daisies and deep green foliage. It was bred by Thomas H. Boyle in a controlled breeding program in Amherst, Massachusetts.
White doll’s daisy is a North American perennial that naturally inhabits the sunny moist prairies and old fields of the central and northeastern United States. This selection has an upright bushy habit, is clump-forming and spreads slowly via rhizomes. Its stems are lined...
Bearing a blizzard of late-season blooms on stout, relatively compact stems, 'Snowbank' is a selection of Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama, a large herbaceous perennial native to moist habitats in the eastern and central United States. This cultivar was introduced by the New England Wildflower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts.
The upright, blue-green stems of 'Snowbank' are furnished with narrowly lanceolate blue-green leaves. Plants spread slowly via rhizomes to form...
(Smallhead Doll's Daisy)
Clouds of small white to lilac "daisies" adorn this medium-sized to large herbaceous perennial from late summer to early fall. It is native to prairies, woodlands, and roadsides in the south-central and southeastern United States.
Variable in height and habit, smallhead doll's daisy typically forms a tall clump of upright stems clothed in linear to narrowly lance-shaped leaves. Plants sometimes spread rapidly via underground stolons. Yellow-eyed "daisies" appear in large airy clusters for many...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Cotton Tree, Red Kapok, Red-silk-cotton Tree)
This large, spiny, buttress-trunked deciduous tree has long been cultivated for its showy red flowers and fiber-filled seedpods. It is native to arid river valleys and open woodlands from India to northern Australia.
The spreading branches of this tropical tree are lined with large, hand-shaped, long-stemmed leaves, each with five to seven oval leaflets. The huge, waxy, red to orange-red blooms open from plump green buds in late winter and early spring, a week or two before the leaves emerge....
Old fashioned and pretty, borage is an easy-to-grow herb grown for its edible and attractive starry blue flowers that taste like cucumber. The European native germinates in spring and develops into a moderate sized bushy plant with large, distinctly prickly, hairy leaves. Only six weeks after germination, borage bears loose clusters of five-petaled, star-shaped blue flowers with white centers and black stamens. These are a delight to bees.
Sun and fertile garden soil will make this old-fashioned...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The genus Bougainvillea comprises about 18 species. They are woody, scrambling, thorny vines, shrubs and small trees native to South America. The genus is named for Louis Antoine de Bougainville, a French explorer who sailed around the world in 1767 and discovered the plant in the area of Brazil. There are several commercially important species and hundreds of cultivated varieties.
Generally, these plants are evergreen but some may be semi-evergreen for a short time during winter....