(Santa Barbara Ceanothus, Santa Barbara Mountain Lilac, Tickbush)
Santa Barbara mountain lilac is a fantastic spreading broadleaf evergreen shrub native only to California. It bears prolific dark blue flower clusters in mid to late spring. Leaves are very small, wrinkled and dark green.
Santa Barbara mountain lilac grows nicely in sheltered areas in full sun with fertile, well drained soil. Best practices would include reducing water to the plant in the summer months. Use as a groundcover or slope stabilizer. A few choice cultivars are the compact 'Vandenberg'...
Dark glossy leaves are found on this small deciduous shrub. The open, loose branch tips are are topped with fluffy pink flower panicles for many weeks in summer. Parent plants of pink ceanothus are Ceanothus delilianus and Ceanothus ovatus.
This hybrid pink ceanothus likes a full sun exposure in a light, well draining soil. It will tolerate warm dry sites. It seems unaffected by and tolerant of summer waterings, which is not typical of most ceanothus. Since flowering occurs...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
(Ceanothus, Marie Simon Pale Wild Lilac, Pale Wild Lilac)
Dark glossy leaves are found on this small deciduous shrub. The open, loose branch tips are are topped with fluffy barely pale pink flower panicles for many weeks in summer. The flower tubes carry a medium pink hue while the small petals are a very pale pink.
Marie Simon pale wild lilac likes a full sun exposure in a light, well draining soil. It will tolerate warm dry sites. It seems unaffected by and tolerant of summer waterings, which is not typical of most ceanothus. Since flowering occurs...
Beautifully exotic, hand-like leaves catches the eye of most plant lovers when seeing the trumpet tree. An upright, rarely-branching, fast growing, broadleaf evergreen tree, it's native to the West Indies and northern South America. Known as a pioneer tree, it quickly germinates and forests cleared areas and vegetates waste areas alongside roads or abandoned lots. Its trunk is upright but readily curves (like a snake) to seek out the most light, holding an open canopy of leaves.
The leaves of...
(Snakewood, Trumpet Tree)
Beautifully exotic, hand-like leaves catches the eye of most plant lovers when seeing the trumpet tree. An upright, rarely-branching, fast growing, broadleaf evergreen tree, it's native across the Caribbean Basin: the West Indies and Mexico southward into northern South America. Known as a pioneer tree, it quickly germinates and forests cleared areas and vegetates waste areas alongside roads or abandoned lots. This species' foliage is the primary food source for tree sloths.
The leaves of this...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Blue Atlas Cedar, Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar)
The weeping blue Atlas cedar is a heat and drought tolerant tree with cascading branches clothed in steel blue to frosty blue-green needles. An evergreen conifer native to the Atlas Mountains of extreme northwestern Africa, each specimen is uniquely shaped:by flopping, twisting, cascading and sprawling branches.
The needles emerge each spring in tufted whorls atop short nubs on the thin branches, first steel blue and becoming powdery blue green. The male and female cones appear on the same tree,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Deodar Cedar, Golden Deodar Cedar)
Golden Deodar cedar (also known by the cultivar name 'Aurea') is an evergreen, cone-bearing tree admired for beautiful yellowish new needles that slowly darken to yellow-green over the summer. It is slower growing than the species, which is native to the western Himalayas, and develops an open, upright pyramidal shape at a young age. The branch tips often dangle softly downward, giving the entire tree a relaxed, luxurious feel. With time, the trunks and branches become very picturesque, especially...
The colorful floral plumes, feathery spikes or dense "brainy" crests, of cockscomb and plume celosia make beautiful additions to annual borders, cutting gardens and containers.
These bushy annuals may occasionally survive for a year or more in southern regions where winters are mild. They grow quickly from seed and have foliage that can be bright green, purple-red or bronze, depending on the cultivar. Their long-lasting flowers are comprised of many small bracted flowers that can be bright yellow,...
Ernst Benary® Inc.
The colorful "brainy" floral crests of crested cockscomb are commonly used in annual borders and containers and make great cut flowers. The Amigo Series plants are dwarf, bushy annuals to short-lived perennials. The leaves are bright green and the cultivar Amigo Mahogany Red’s are purple-red. Amigo Series flower heads are huge, bracted flower clusters of red, magenta, neon rose, scarlet and yellow. Plant these ornamentals in sites with full sun, and average, well drained soil. Their dried flower...