Boasting glossy dark green leaves, tiny white blossoms that yield purplish-plum colored fruits, African boxwood or cape myrtle is a tough plant suitable for urban landscapes as well as more ornamental applications in refined gardens. A slow growing, rounded to upright boradleaf evergreen shrub, it has a wide natural distribution: Azores and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Himalayan region of India and China.
The glossy, dark green leaves are oval and release an aroma once crushed. Emergent leaves...
(Compact Tarentum Myrtle, Tarentum Myrtle)
This versatile dwarf selection of common myrtle makes a fine evergreen shrub for hedging or topiaries in dry, mild-climate gardens. Its parent is a true Mediterranean species that is native to Europe. There it has been grown since antiquity both as a commercial source of perfume oil and as a garden plant. In the wild it can be found on poor soils in protected locations. This makes ‘Compacta’ a fine choice for difficult sites in arid regions. This dwarf myrtle is a fine-branching, rounded, evergreen...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Heavenly Bamboo, Sacred Bamboo)
Heavenly bamboo is an upright broadleaf evergreen shrub from China and Japan. It is likened to bamboo in habit and appearance but is actually related to barberry.
Popular and widely planted in the south, this clump-forming plant produces open cane-like branches topped with airy compound leaves that are blue-green in color and leathery in texture. Leaves are often bright copper-red as they emerge and a burnished red color in winter. In summer, white panicles of small star-shaped flowers appear...
(Compact Heavenly Bamboo, Heavenly Bamboo)
A medium-sized tender evergreen shrub often planted near temples in its native China and Japan, heavenly bamboo is prized by gardeners worldwide for its colorful lacy leaves and attractive flowers and fruit. The cultivar 'Compacta' offers all these virtues at two-thirds the size. The airy compound leaves are reddish-purple when young and again in fall and winter. The foliage and stiff upright stems suggest those of bamboo, particularly when pruned in the Asian fashion with the lower leaves thinned...
(Firestorm Heavenly Bamboo, Heavenly Bamboo)
A medium-sized tender evergreen shrub often planted near temples in its native China and Japan, heavenly bamboo is prized by gardeners worldwide for its colorful lacy leaves and attractive flowers and fruit. The dwarf cultivar 'Firestorm' is noted for its particularly vivid and long-lasting fall and winter color. The airy compound leaves are purple-red when young and again in fall and winter, often with bright red and orange highlights. The foliage and stiff upright stems suggest those of bamboo,...