James H. Schutte
(Golden Butterflybush, Honeycomb Butterflybush)
Sunny and vigorous, ‘Honeycomb’ offers dense globose clusters of beautiful golden flowers all summer.
A hybrid of Buddleja davidii and B. globosa, golden butterflybush is a vigorous medium-sized deciduous shrub with gently arching branches lined with large glossy deep green leaves with silvery undersides. In the heat of summer it offers golden yellow flower clusters at the ends of its branches. These are fragrant and attractive to butterflies and bees.
Drought tolerant once...
James H. Schutte
(Golden Butterflybush, Sungold Butterflybush)
Distinguished by its golden orange flowers, 'Sungold' is a colorful butterflybush that offers warm tones to sunny gardens.
Golden butterflybush is a vigorous hybrid of Buddleja davidii and B. globosa but retains the orange-yellow flower color of the latter species. This medium-sized, deciduous shrub has gently arching branches lined with glossy deep green foliage. Its flowers are borne in clusters that appear from summer to autumn. Removing spent blooms will encourage continued...
(Bulbine, Cat's Whiskers, Rankkopieva)
Bulbine is a tough, evergreen perennial native to South Africa. It is a low-growing plant, which spreads slowly by underground stems to form large clumps. Its dense leaves are round and juicy and reminiscent of chives. Bulbine bears many tall, leafless flower stalks above the foliage that look somewhat like cat whiskers. These are topped with spikes of small, star-shaped, yellow flowers with masses of stamens. Blooms appear throughout the year in warm climates, but are most plentiful spring through...
(Bulbine, Hallmark Bulbine, Hallmark Cat's Whiskers)
Hallmark cat's whiskers is a tough, evergreen perennial with airy spikes of orange-yellow flowers. It originates from South Africa and has round and juicy leaves reminiscent of chives. It is low-growing plant, which spreads slowly by underground stems to form large clumps. The cultivar ‘Hallmark’ is a little more compact than standard Bulbine. It bears many tall, leafless flower stalks above the foliage. These are topped with spikes of small, star-shaped, orange flowers with masses of yellow stamens....
Touting fine, rich green foliage and unique, radial, yellow flowers through the warmth of summer, vera wood is an exceptionally beautiful tropical tree. Native to Colombia and Venezuela, this slow-growing evergreen can be found inhabiting dry tropical forests. Its reddish brown bark flakes off in a visually appealing way, and the wood is dense and desirable for furniture making.
The fine, compound leaves of vera wood are comprised of eight or nine small, oval leaflets. These are arranged alternately...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Gumbo Limbo, Tourist Tree, Turpentine Tree)
Numerous, laugh-inspiring common names abound for the gumbo limbo, which has beautiful bark and lustrous bright green leaves. The smooth, swollen limbs and trunk base are the reason it's called red belly tree. The thin, peeling, reddish bark -- which looks like sunburned skin -- gives rise to the name tourist tree. The strong odor of gumbo limbo's wood is the reason for the name turpentine tree.
Gumbo limbo is native to the dry lowland thickets and woods across the Caribbean Basin, including...
(Flame-of-the-forest, Parrot Tree)
Easily misidentified as a coral tree (Erythrina spp.) because of its pointed, beak-like flowers, the flame-of-the-forest lacks thorns on its branches and bears fuzzy black and vermilion-orange flowers. Native to the humid, lowland forests of India and Sri Lanka, it may fail to flower or partially die back if winter conditions become too cold, dry, or wet. Flame-of-the-forest almost always attains an upright, tattered, crooked habit that's intriguing when limbs are devoid of leaves in winter,...
(Climbing Palas, Flame-of-the-forest)
Three-parted leaves and showy orange-red flowers that look like bird beaks are the two chief ornamental highlights of the climbing palas. This woody vine (liana) is native to the forests of Southeast Asia, from eastern India and southern China into Thailand, Laos and southern Burma. It quickly colonizes sunny, open areas clambering across the ground or growing upward on the trunks of trees. Climbing palas grows from a plump, yam-like root that is yellow and contains mild toxins, often used in traditional...
(Pindo Palm, South American Jelly Palm)
Pindo palm is an evergreen single-trunked palm with blue-green to gray-green fronds that beautifully arch downward. Native to the seasonally wet/dry regions of southeastern Brazil and adjacent Uruguay and northern Argentina, it is the most cold-hardy feather-leaf (pinnate) palm. The thin leaflets of each frond are held at an angle, making it have a V-shape in cross-section. The lower part of the frond stem, called a rachis, has small teeth. Summertime flowers are yellow, borne on short but many-branched...
James H. Schutte
(Boxwood, Chicagoland Green® Boxwood)
An exceptionally cold-hardy hybrid boxwood that does well in the Upper Midwest United States as well as in other regions with harsh climates, 'Glencoe' is a dense compact evergreen shrub that eventually forms a mound twice as broad as high. The small rounded paired leaves emerge soft green and deepen to dark glossy green. They may take on a burgundy tinge in winter. Bees visit the non-showy fragrant spring flowers.
This shrub prefers moist, well drained soil and some winter protection from wind...