The fuzzy, bright green leaves of Javanese glorybower and its clusters of bright orange flowers in the warm months are a beautiful bu pesky addition to a tropical garden. A clumping and suckering evergreen shrub from Sri Lanka and Indonesia, it will aggressively spread itself across the garden, filling in gaps between or shading out other shrubs. The leaves are rounded, almost heart-shaped, tapering to a modest tip, colored bright green and are downy textured. Most heavily concentrated at the semi-woody...
Crinkly, deeply veined leaves create a lovely backdrop to the festive orange flowers that grace flaming glorybower. This tropical, twining, sprawling evergreen is a native of western Africa, from Senegal to Angola. Its deeply veined leaves are bright green when they emerge and then deepen to glossy dark green. The blooms can appear anytime of year but the heaviest showing of blossoms is in midwinter, just after the solstice.
The flowers heavily cover the twining stems and are borne in big flattened...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Bagflower, Bleeding Heart Vine)
Beautiful flower clusters of red and white adorn this West African flowering vine when growing conditions are favorable. Bleeding heart vine is evergreen, though it will lose some leaves during the cool, dry African winter. It is vigorous and climbs via twining stems. In the wild, it twines up trees in tropical forests, so it’s naturally shade tolerant.
The dark green leaves of bleeding heart vine are ovate and deeply veined. During the growing season, or when conditions are favorable, it bears...
Fragrant white flowers followed by blue berries and starry red calyces make this large suckering deciduous shrub a highlight of the summer garden. One of the hardiest glorybowers, it is native to eastern Asia.
The large oval to triangular leaves are papery and often fuzzy. Crushed leaves smell like peanut butter. Large, loose clusters of fused, inflated, green or pink calyces appear atop and along the stems in mid to late summer, opening to release vanilla-scented white flowers. The five-lobed...
(Blue Butterfly Bush, Glorybower)
The unusual, colorful flowers of blue butterfly bush make this a highly sought after garden plant for temperate and tropical gardens alike. This rangy, frost-tender, evergreen shrub is native to tropical East Africa. Often listed as a vine, it has a weak, upright habit and sometimes requires support, though it is far too rangy or bushy to be considered a true vine.
Large, coarsely toothed, elliptical leaves of medium green line the square stems in opposite arrangement. The flowers are borne...
(Cinnamon Clethra, Pointed-leaved White Alder)
Named for its colorful bark, cinnamon clethra is also noteworthy for its yellow fall color and white summer flowers. Native to moist habitats in the central and southern Appalachian Mountains, it develops into a medium to tall shrub in the northernmost part of its range, and a small tree in the South. Plants will sucker and if untended can form thickets over time.
The large, medium to dark green, oval leaves of cinnamon clethra have serrated edges, pointed tips and deep pleated veins. The leaves...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Coastal Sweetpepperbush, White Summersweet)
Prized for its handsome foliage, compact upright habit, and fuzzy spikes of fragrant flowers, this suckering deciduous shrub is native to the eastern United States from Maine to Florida. Appearing in midsummer, the spicy-scented white or pink flowers attract butterflies and bees. Peppercorn-like seedheads follow the flowers, providing winter interest. The leaves turn butter-yellow in fall. Several cultivars are widely available, including pink-flowered and dwarf selections such as 'Compacta', 'Hummingbird',...
James H. Schutte
(Coastal Sweetpepperbush, Hummingbird Summersweet, White Summersweet)
Prized for its handsome foliage, compact upright habit, and fuzzy spikes of fragrant flowers, summersweet is a suckering deciduous shrub native to the eastern United States from Maine to Florida. ‘Hummingbird’ is a low-growing selection. In midsummer, its spicy-scented white flowers attract butterflies and bees. Peppercorn-like seed heads follow the flowers, providing winter interest. The leaves turn butter-yellow in fall.
'Hummingbird' needs a moist acid soil with good drainage in full sun to...