Spindle palm is a single trunked palm with few, stately, large, feather-shaped fronds. Native to the small Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, its smooth gray trunk is narrow at the base and top with a gentle bulbous swelling in the mid-section. It is nearly extinct in the wild. In summer, fragrant, small ivory to orange flowers are produced from the upper trunk, then followed by orange-red fruits. The leaves, which rarely number more than five or six, are bright green on top and gray underneath....
James H. Schutte
(Canary Island Date Palm)
A large evergreen plant with dark green, arching leaves atop a massive trunk, Canary Island date palm is architecturally stunning. The trunk is decorated with ridges and old frond boots, often making the crownshaft resemble a large pineapple. Its fronds are pinnate (like a feather) and can have a slight blue-green or silvery tinge. Lowest leaflets on the front are stiff, vicious spines. Early summer-occurring flowers are pale yellow and produce semi-dry, yellow-red fruit. It is a native of the Canary...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Pygmy Date Palm)
One of the smallest of the date palms, this native of Laos bears an arching canopy of feathery, dark green fronds with sharp spines at the lower ends. The leaves appear in a crown atop a short, relatively slow-growing trunk. It sometimes suckers to produce multiple stems. Large, dense clusters of cream-colored flowers appear in the warm months succeeded by small, oval, black edible fruits.
Pygmy date palm likes warmth, humidity, well-drained soil, and protection from hot sun. Highly alkaline...
James H. Schutte
(Alexander Palm, Solitaire Palm)
Alexander palm is a small, feather-leaved palm native to northeastern Australia. The slender gray trunk is ringed with old leaf scars. The arching, dark green fronds emerge from a swollen green crownshaft. Large panicles of fragrant creamy white flowers followed by red fruits are borne beneath the crownshaft in summer.
Alexander palm grows best in partial sun to partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil that is not alkaline. It is a good choice for courtyards, small lawns, and other confined...
(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...
(Aster, Believer Hardy Aster)
This beautiful aster decorates the garden with low, broad drifts of rich, deep purple daisies in very late summer to early autumn. A patented hybrid, ‘Yobeliever’ was introduced by Yoder Brothers, Inc. and is marketed under the name ‘Believer’. Its vivid flowers are displayed on strong, compact, wide-spreading plants, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
Provide this perennial with full to part sun and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. If desired, clumps may be divided...
(Aster, Celeste Hardy Aster)
This gorgeous hybrid aster adds richness to the late summer and early fall garden with a profusion of vibrant, violet-blue daisies. Developed by Leon Glicenstein at Yoder Brothers, Inc., ‘Celeste’ is the result of a cross between the species Aster pringlei and Aster novi-belgii. Its bright blossoms are displayed atop generous mounds of fine, deep green foliage, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
Grow this perennial in full to part sun and moderately moist,...
(Aster, Dragon Hardy Aster)
This lovely aster displays numerous soft, lilac-blue daisies atop tidy, compact mounds of fine, deep green foliage. A patented hybrid, it was introduced by Yoder Brothers, Inc. and is marketed under the name ‘Dragon’. The cool blossoms decorate the garden from very late summer to early fall, and are highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
Provide this perennial with full to part sun and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Pinch back stem tips in late spring or early summer to...
Calico aster is a clump-forming perennial native to much of eastern and central North America. This species is most often found in lightly shaded forests, although it also grows in full sun locations where soils are moist. Its delicate sprays of small daisies displayed in autumn make it a valuable addition to perennial borders, woodland gardens or wildflower meadows, and also make attractive, long-lasting fillers for cut flower arrangements.
The slender, arching, branched stems of this aster...
(Calico Aster, Lady in Black Calico Aster)
The deep purple foliage of this striking calico aster cultivar contrasts dramatically with its clouds of tiny, white, purple-centered flowers displayed in autumn. The species is most often found in lightly shaded forests throughout most of eastern and central North America, although it also grows in full sun locations where soils are moist. ‘Lady in Black’ achieves its best foliage color in full sun, and is perfect for perennial borders, woodland gardens or wildflower meadows. Its dainty blossoms...