(Firecracker Fuchsia, Fuchsia)
Fuchsia ‘Firecracker’ took the gardening world by storm at the 1999 Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in England with large variegated leaves and brilliant flowers. Honeysuckle fuchsias are shrubby, evergreen plants from the mountainous regions of the West Indies. The leaves are whorled or arranged around the stem in multiples. They are downy, lance shaped and slightly toothed. Fuchsia ‘Firecracker’ leaves are olive green with irregular marginal cream to white variegation, pink to plum-colored veins...
James H. Schutte
(Fuchsia, Gartenmeister Bonstedt Fuchsia)
Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' is a vigorous very free-flowering honeysuckle fuchsia. The species are shrubby, evergreen plants from the mountainous regions of the West Indies. The leaves are whorled or arranged around the stem in multiples. They are downy, lance shaped and slightly toothed. Fuchsia 'Gartenmeister Bonstedt' leaves are bronze-green above with purple undersides. The branches are upright to arching. The showy flowers are borne at the ends of the branches in clusters, and are small,...
(Shower-of-Gold, Smooth Goldshower)
Shower-of-Gold is a large, evergreen shrub native to eastern Mexico south to Guatemala. The leaves are opposite on the stems, light green to bluish, smooth or waxy and elliptical to oval-shaped with two visible glands at the base. The stems are reddish with many hairs. The yellow flowers are borne on terminal racemes, or un-branched flowerstalks. The shrubs bear some flowers year ‘round with a heavier bloom in summer. The flower petals do not drop completely and interesting three part seed capsules...
(Rain-of-Gold, Spray-of-Gold, Thryallis)
Rain-of-Gold is a large, evergreen shrub native to eastern Mexico and Central America. The leaves are opposite on the stems, light green to bluish, smooth or waxy and elliptical to lance-shaped with two visible glands at the base. The yellow flowers are borne on terminal racemes or un-branched flowerstalks. The shrubs bear some flowers year ‘round with a heavier bloom in summer. The flower petals drop completely once the ovary is fertilized and are followed by interesting three part seed capsules....
(Cape Jessamine, Gardenia)
Aimee Yoshida gardenia is a large, densely- foliaged shrub that produces perhaps the largest fragrant double-flowers of all gardenias. The glossy green leaves of this native of China, Taiwan and Japan are attractive and a beautiful companion to the blossoms. From late spring to summer it produces many large, waxy, ivory flowers with an intoxicating fragrance. Occasionally a sporadic flowering may occur in late summer or fall.
Acidic, evenly moist soils with excellent drainage and fertility are...
Best known for its lush foliage, rounded habit and wonderfully fragrant flowers, common gardenia is a superb, cold-tender evergreen shrub native to East Asia. The cultivar 'Crown Jewel' combines the compact habit and double flowers of 'Chuck Hayes' with the cold-hardiness and prolific bloom of 'Kleim's Hardy.' The waxy, double, ivory-white flowers appear in abundance from late spring to early summer and repeat in lesser numbers into fall. Smaller than those of most gardenias, the glossy, dark-green,...
Wavyleaf silktassel is an arresting sight in midwinter when it drapes itself with long, cascading, ghostly-gray flower clusters. This medium to large evergreen shrub is native to California and western Oregon.
Leathery, wavy-edged, oval leaves are paired along the upright to spreading branches of this rounded shrub. The leaves are glossy deep green above with downy gray undersides. In early winter, plants produce numerous drooping chains of gray-green flowers. Individual plants bear either long,...
James H. Schutte
(Boxberry, Chilean Pernettya, Chilean Wintergreen, Prickly Heath)
The glossy foliage of prickly heath is a delicious foil for the white flowers and crops of tiny white to violet-purple berries that persist into winter. A compact, spreading broadleaf evergreen shrub, it suckers from its roots, sprouting new stems nearby to form a gentle thicket. It's a native of northern Chile and Argentina.
Glossy green leaves are beautiful to look at and are tapering ovals with sharp points and notched teeth. In late spring, small white to light pink flowers appear that are...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Australian Willow, Wilga)
Finely textured leaves and a slightly weeping habit make this an elegant tree for hot, dry climates. A small, slow-growing, broadleaf evergreen from eastern Australia, it has ascending, arching central branches and pendulous outer branches, the whole forming a rounded crown. Branching begins low on the trunk. The aromatic, willowy, narrowly lance shaped leaves dangle gracefully from the branches. They are shiny dark green in partially shaded sites, and somewhat paler in sunny locations. This tree...