Gerald L. Klingaman
(Variegated Angelica Shrub, Variegated Fiveleaf Aralia)
Imparting a lush tropical look to the temperate garden, variegated fiveleaf aralia's jagged, hand-like foliage upon arching stems is great for all types of garden soils and exposures! This multistemmed shrub with long thorns from eastern China has upright branches that will arch and flop once they reach an extended length.
The bright green leaves are palmate - looking like a hand with five tapering oval leaflets that have attractively jagged and ivory edges. They are arranged alternating on the...
James H. Schutte
The sunny daisy-flowers of brittlebush are a familiar sight in the deserts of the Southwest United States and northern Mexico. The rounded, aromatic plants bear long-stemmed clusters of bright yellow blooms in spring, and sometimes again in fall or winter. The fuzzy, silver-gray, oval to lance-shaped leaves occur mostly toward the tips of the branches. Plants drop their leaves during severe drought, refoliating when rain returns.
This plant thrives in sun and well drained soils, and is remarkably...
(Emu Bush, Valentine Emu Bush)
Scoffing at heat and dry, nutrient poor soils, Valentine emu bush pairs purplish-green foliage with brilliant rosy red flowers from late winter into midspring. A hybrid developed from plants native to Australia, 'Valentine' is an upright evergreen shrub.
The small leaves are tapered ovals and medium gray-green but with an attractive purple casting. By late winter the heavily foliaged branches are masked with rose-red, tubular flowers that will attract hummingbirds. Light reblooming is possible...
(Emu Bush, Slender Fuchsia)
With wispy, upright branches, sticky green leaves and vibrant scarlet-red tubular flowers in winter, slender fuchsia is a showy desert plant. This short, evergreen shrub is native to the inhospitable Nullarbor Plain ("treeless plain") of Western and South Australia. It tolerates intense heat, drought, wind and light freezes.
The slender, short, lance-shaped leaves are medium green with hints of gray. The stems and leaves are sticky to the touch. Most heavily blooming in late fall and winter,...
(Cupid Emu Bush, Emu Bush)
With wispy, upright branches, sticky blue-green leaves and vibrant magenta-rose tubular flowers in winter, Cupid slender fuchsia is a showy desert plant. This evergreen shrub is native to the inhospitable Nullarbor Plain ("treeless plain") of Western and South Australia. It tolerates intense heat, drought, wind and light freezes.
The slender, short, lance-shaped leaves are medium green with hints of blue and gray. The stems and leaves are sticky to the touch. Most heavily blooming in late fall...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Common Emu Bush)
Surprisingly, hummingbirds, which are strictly New World species, love the tubular red, yellow or green flowers of this tough evergreen Australian shrub. The common emu bush is tolerant of heat, drought, strong wind and nutrient poor soils. In fact, its generic name Eremophila literally means "desert loving." Height and width is highly variable in this species. Some plants are low-growing while others reach substantial heights.
The upright branches of emu bush are lined with small, elliptical...
James H. Schutte
(Spotted Emu Bush)
An evergreen shrub native to the mainland of Australia, spotted emu bush is tolerant of heat, drought, light freezes and tropical humidity. In fact, its generic name Eremophila literally means "desert loving." This species is best known for its narrow, gray-green leaves, and tubular flowers of red, yellow, orange or pink, with white spotted throats. Height and habit are as variable as flower color, so it pays to choose a cultivar with a known characteristics.
When the new leaves first...
The cape heath is a tall growing evergreen shrub that bears multi-colored tubular flowers. Floral tubes are mainly red and tinged with green or yellow. From the western cape of South Africa, this fall and winter flowering plant has small pine needle-like leaves that are bright green.
Cape heath should be given a moist acidic soil in a sunny location. A sandy soil amended with organic matter is perfect. As it is an erect shrub, it should be use in the rear of a mixed border, or possibly as a hedge...
Audrey, Eve and George DeLange
(Aguirre, Goldenweed, Turpentine Bush)
The bright blooms of this small, drought resistant evergreen shrub from southwestern North America help visually carry desert gardens through fall. Its upright, branching, waist-high stems are furnished with verdant, needle-like foliage. The leaves contain a turpentine-scented resin that discourages herbivores. The lower branches of this dense mounding shrub may become barren with age. Brilliant yellow daisy flowers envelop the plant in fall, providing valuable nectar for bees and butterflies. Flowers...