Gerald L. Klingaman
(Lemoin's Hybrid Deutzia)
One of the cold-hardiest of deutzia, this deciduous shrub lines its twiggy upright branches with thousands of small white flowers in early summer. Ultimately becoming a rounded plant with dense branching, the Lemoine deutzia is a hybrid resulting from a cross between Deutzia gracilis and Deutzia parviflora. It is named after its hybridizer, notable French nurseryman Victor Lemoine.
Its long, pointed green leaves are nearly lance-shaped with lighter green and hairy undersides....
(Blue Evergreen Hydrangea, Chinese Quinine, Fever Flower)
This less common member of the hydrangea family produces lovely clusters of pink or blue summer flowers followed by magnificent blue berries. As its name suggests, evergreen blue hydrangea is a fully evergreen shrub, though it has been known to get nipped back by light winter freezes. This tropical to subtropical plant hails from southern Asia, from China and India southward to Indonesia, where it naturally inhabits damp, shrubby areas and forest margins.
Its long, oval leaves are medium green...
(Southern Bush Honeysuckle)
A humble looking but adaptable plant for many garden applications, the tiny yellow fragrant blossoms and the red-purple fall foliage display of the southern bush honeysuckle are nice. A rounded but flat-topped and somewhat sprawling shrub, this deciduous plant is native to a small portion of the southeastern United States, from Alabama to North Carolina. It will spread via suckers from its roots.
The oval lance-like leaves emerge in spring with a purplish-broze tint and then mature to a deep...
One of the all-time favorite houseplants, false aralia is a small shrub to large tree in its native rainforest habitat of New Caledonia. The palmate leaves are grouped around the ends of the branches and look different when the plant is young. Its juvenile leaves are large, with deep, thin, finger-like lobes and toothed edges. Leaf color is dark green with brown tones on the top and pale brown-green underneath. When mature, the leaves become larger, brighter green and their lobes become very broad.
Forest & Kim Starr
(Hopbush, Hopseed Bush)
Native throughout much of the tropics, this large broadleaf evergreen shrub thrives just about anywhere that winters are mild. Willowy, firm, yellow-green leaves are densely borne on upright spreading stems, often standing erect on the branches. Inconspicuous blooms in late spring and summer give rise to large colorful seed capsules which may be red, purple, pink, tan, yellow, or green. They dry to a papery texture. The cultivar 'Purpurea' has bronze or burgundy foliage.
This tough shrub...
(Hopbush, Purple Hopseed Bush)
Native throughout much of the tropics, hopbush thrives just about anywhere that winters are mild. The cultivar 'Purpurea' has bronze or burgundy foliage. The willowy, firm, often upright leaves are densely borne on ascending, branching stems. Inconspicuous blooms in late spring and summer give rise to large lobed maroon seed capsules. They dry to a papery texture.
This tough shrub does well in sun or partial shade and almost any well drained soil. It tolerates salt spray and drought. Although...
Mark A. Miller
(Christmas Rose, Dombeya, Pink Snowball, Tassel-Tree, Tropical Hydrangea)
Large, maple-like leaves that have fuzzy undersides are a hallmark of the tropical hydrangea, and are a gentle background for the pendent clusters of pink to magenta-pink flowers that occur from winter to spring. A large shrub or small tree that is native of eastern Africa and Madagascar, it is tender to cold and will defoliate if frost occurs.
The large leaves are a bright green, heart-shaped with teeth on their edges as well as maple-like lobes. Leaf undersides are fuzzy. From winter into spring,...
James H. Schutte
Comprising more than 30 evergreen shrubs and small trees, Duranta is represented in gardens primarily by the pigeon berry, D. erecta. Most durantas bear loose clusters of tubular blue or purple flowers with flaring tips, followed by showy chains of white, yellow, or orange bead-like fruits. The simple, usually ovate, and often toothed leaves are paired or whorled. The stems are typically arching and spiny. Hybrids and cultivars of Duranta erecta abound, varying...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Golden Dewdrop, Skyflower)
Golden dewdrop is a vigorous large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical America. Drooping clusters of tubular, lilac-blue flowers appear as long as growing conditions are favorable and attract butterflies. Dangling chains of orange-yellow fruits succeed the flowers. The dainty toothed leaves are rich-green and glossy. Branches may or may not have thorns. The overall shape is weeping when mature.
This shrub does best in well-drained average soil and full to partial sun. In frost free zones...
(Skyflower, White Skyflower)
Golden dewdrop is a vigorous large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical America. The cultivar ‘Alba’ has drooping clusters of tubular, white flowers that appear as long as conditions are favorable and attract butterflies. Dangling chains of orange-yellow fruits succeed the flowers. The dainty toothed leaves are rich-green and glossy. Branches may or may not have thorns. The overall shape is weeping when mature.
This shrub does best in well-drained average soil and full to partial sun....