Mary S. Thomas
(Rock and Roll Astilbe)
This astilbe, ‘Rock and Roll’ is a herbaceous perennial grown for its tolerance of shade, dependable bloom, spikes of flowers, and dark, dense ferny foliage. The spikes have a branching habit, a bit like a Christmas tree. Tiny, closely packed flowers clothe the spikes, transforming them into soft, billowing plumes. One plant may produce several, making a cloud of bloom above the leaves. A member of the Music Series, ‘Rock and Roll’ blooms with white flowers in mid through late summer. Deadhead the...
(Astilbe, False Spirea, Hennie Graafland False Spirea)
Hennie Graafland false spirea is a clump-forming, herbaceous perennial that produces dark, bronze-green compound leaves and a drooping plume-like inflorescence of rose-pink in the summer. The flowerheads fade to attractive shades of brown in the fall, providing landscape interest through winter.
'Hennie Graafland' needs a well-drained moist soil in full sun to partial shade. A plant in full sun needs more moisture to remain looking its finest. It functions best in shade gardens, borders, rock...
(Astilbe, False Spirea, White Wings False Spirea)
Compact and free-flowering, astilbe ‘White Wings’ is an herbaceous perennial grown for its tolerance of shade, dependable bloom, plush spikes of flowers, and dark, dense ferny foliage. The spikes grow at the top of slender upright stems and have a branching habit that looks a bit like a Christmas tree. Tiny, closely packed flowers clothe the spikes, transforming them into soft, billowing plumes that wave in the breeze. One plant may produce several stems, making a cloud of bloom high above the leaves...
(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...
(Honeybell Tangelo, Tangelo)
Surprisingly sweet and tart, easy to peel and eat, tangelos are favored by citrus gourmands and often planted in backyard orchards. These large evergreen trees are either a happy accident or purposeful cross between a grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi) and tangerine (Citrus x reticulata). The hybrids were first described in both California and Florida in the late 1890s.
Tangelo trees have upright, rounded crowns covered with large, glossy, linear, pointed leaves. Flowers appear...
Mark A. Miller
(Snow Fountain® Weeping Cherry, Weeping Cherry)
The weeping branches of this hybrid cherry are mantled with snowy flowers in early spring, before the leaves appear. It can be grown as a groundcover or as a small tree.
This hardy deciduous tree has oval, serrated, dark green leaves that turn yellow, orange, and burgundy in fall. The leaves are alternately borne along the pendulous gray-barked branches. A blizzard of pure white, five-petaled flowers envelops the branches in early spring. A few small, black, inedible fruits may follow the flowers....
(Dart's Red Spirea, Japanese Meadowsweet, Japanese Spirea)
Dart's Red spirea is a flowering deciduous shrub that originates from Japan and China. This hardy, easy to grow plant has a rounded, compact habit and bears soft clusters of rose-red flowers in mid to late summer. These contrast nicely with its crisp dark green foliage. Spent flowers can be removed to extend flowering.
Best grown in full sun and tolerant of a wide range of soils, 'Dart's Red' is a highly versatile landscape shrub that looks great in mixed borders, low hedges or planted in masses....
Mary S. Thomas
(Crimson and Gold Flowering Quince, Hybrid Flowering Quince)
The very compact and fast growing hybrid flowering quince, 'Crimson and Gold', offers loads of deepest crimson, bowl-shaped flowers with conspicuous golden yellow anthers inside. This deciduous shrub is most attractive when in bloom but does produce some marginally attractive yellow fruits in fall. Many favor hybrid flowering quince because it combines the most desirable features of its parent species, common flowering quince (Chaenomeles speciosa) and Japanese flowering quince (C. japonica)....
(Advance Dwarf Loquat, Loquat)
Loquat is a rounded dwarf tree or small shrub producing flavorful fruits native to extreme eastern Asia. Its ornamental leaves are large, glossy dark green above and paler green or gray beneath with distinct veins. New growth is woolly. 'Advance' bears many fragrant but unimpressive whitish flowers in late autumn and yellow edible fruit in spring. Fruits are numerous, juicy, mildly acidic and have excellent flavor. This is a late season bearer, and needs another loquat for pollination.