(Mexican Orange, Mexican Orange Blossom, Mock Orange)
Sweet, citrusy-smelling white flowers adorn the branches of Mexican orange from very late winter to autumn. An evergreen subtropical shrub from the higher elevations of Mexico, it has glossy, compound foliage, each leaf composed of three, oval leaflets that are fragrant if crushed. In late winter, clusters of five-petaled white blossoms cover the plant, emitting an intoxicating fragrance like that of orange blossoms, and attracting honeybees. The first blooming season lasts for weeks, and then flowering...
Coarse looking, but glossy green with a crepe paper texture, the leaves of frangipani vine take a secondary role once the amazingly fragratn white flowers appear in spring and summer. A heavy, large, broadleaf evergreen vine, it is native from India southward to Malaysia.
New leaves emerge a light green with a hint of bronze and soon become large oval to heart-shaped leaves of glossy green. The blades have a rippled vein texture. In midspring through the summer, small clusters of baseball-sized,...
James H. Schutte
(White Floss Silk Tree, White Silk Floss Tree)
This medium to large deciduous tree is distinguished by its swollen, prickly trunk and its large white late-season flowers. It is native to semi-arid lowlands of central South America.
The leaves of white silk floss tree are palmately compound, with five to seven leaflets arranged like fingers on a hand. In autumn and early winter, large, creamy-white flowers open, casting a light vanilla-like fragrance. Each flower has five wide-flaring petals and a pale yellow, cup-shaped throat. Pear-shaped...
Mark A. Miller
(Chorisia, Floss Silk Tree, Silk Floss Tree)
This medium to large deciduous tree is distinguished by its swollen, prickly trunk and its large colorful late-season flowers. It is native to semi-arid forests of Brazil and Argentina.
The leaves of floss silk floss tree are palmately compound, with five to seven leaflets arranged like fingers. In autumn and early winter, large, pink or reddish-purple flowers open, usually after the leaves fall. Each flower has five wide-flaring petals and a pale yellow, purple-flecked throat. Pear-shaped seedpods...
James H. Schutte
Mums ring in fall. Their cheerful flowers and timeliness bring to mind fun fall days with bountiful leaf piles, Halloween trick or treats and Thanksgiving eats.
Chrysanthemum is a genus comprised of approximately 20 to 30 species of herbaceous perennials. These originate from regions in Europe to Asia and have been long cultivated for their beautiful flowers—particularly in China and Japan where they are most revered. Thousands of cultivars exist, new and old, most of which are hybrids....
This spreading perennial chrysanthemum produces charming single apricot daisies with yellow centers. It is a late season mum that begins flowering in early fall. Though clump-forming, ‘Apricot’ spreads fast so only plant it where there is plenty of space. Otherwise it will take over! When not in bloom, plants offer dark green deeply lobed foliage that is pungently aromatic when crushed.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun and well-draining garden loam. 'Apricot' will adopt a neater habit and...
A member of the Autumn Crescendo™ Series of hardy chrysanthemums, 'Bolero' produces numerous golden-yellow blooms with apricot undertones. The 3.5-inch (9 cm), daisy-like blooms appear from late summer to fall above dense spreading clumps of deeply lobed, pungently scented leaves. Cultivars in the Autumn Crescendo™ Series were selected by Rika Bronsther of Hempstead, New York, from seedlings of the variety 'Apricot' (aka 'Sheffield Pink').
Grow this herbaceous perennial in full sun and well-drained...
(Celo Pink Chrysanthemum, Hardy Chrysanthemum)
This hardy perennial chrysanthemum is grown for its fall display of purple-pink, yellow-eyed "daisies". The blooms are held on branching stems above large spreading clumps of deeply lobed, pungently scented leaves. This cultivar is also sold as 'Cleo's Pink'.
Grow 'Celo Pink' in full sun and well-drained garden loam. Unlike the commonly available "florists' mums," hardy chrysanthemum cultivars such as 'Celo Pink' are reliable, long-lived garden perennials. Cut them back heavily in late spring...
This spreading perennial chrysanthemum produces delicate single pale pink daisies with yellow centers. It is a late season mum that begins flowering in mid to late fall. Though clump-forming, ‘Clara Curtis’ spreads fast, so only plant it where there is plenty of space. Otherwise it will take over! When not in bloom, plants offer dark green deeply lobed foliage that is pungently aromatic when crushed. This cultivar is sometimes listed as 'Country Girl'.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun...