(Ninebark, Summer Wine® Ninebark)
The leaf color of Summer Wine® is what sets this tough and vigorous ninebark apart from others. Its small three-lobed leaves are an alluring dark burgundy purple and contrast beautifully with its creamy pale pink flowers. The upright to mounding habit of this shrub is also more refined than that of most ninebarks. This cultivar was bred and introduced by Timothy Wood of Spring Meadow Nursery in Grand Haven, Michigan.
Ninebark is a hardy deciduous shrub with long-lasting flowers and fruits and exfoliating...
Mark A. Miller
(Black Spruce, Blue Nest Spruce)
This dwarf evergreen shrub is an exceptional plant for rock gardens and mountain communities. Its parent species is the black spruce tree of North American forests that can be found from Newfoundland to Alaska in peat bogs and moist upland sites. This indicates a tolerance for wet ground, which is a valuable problem solver where soils are too dense or poorly drained for other conifers. This squat ground hugging shrub produces fine branching covered with a soft gray bark. Short, four sided dark blue-green...
James H. Schutte
The densely compact Serbian spruce ‘Nana’ is surprisingly tolerant of extended summer heat. The standard species is a large, elegant evergreen tree—a far cry from this slow-growing dwarf. In the wild, Serbian spruce can be found in Serbia and Bosnia where it exists at high elevations along regional mountain ridges and favors calcareous soils.
Early on ‘Nana’ has a rounded habit but develops a more pyramidal shape at maturity. Its short needles are flattened, shiny and dark green. Each has two...
James H. Schutte
A medicinal crop of the western Pacific, kava is tropical evergreen shrub with heart-shaped, medium green leaves. The soft-wooded upright shrub has an open, spare branching habit and naturally exists in the understory of tropical forests. Its roots are mashed and used to make a calming traditional medicinal drink, but caution should be taken in ingesting kava as it can be toxic to the liver.
Its use can be traced to cultures in Polynesia, Melanesia and some parts of Micronesia, and the center of...
Grown for its tubular periwinkle-blue flowers, cape leadwort is an evergreen shrub to woody vine that originates from South Africa. It has bright green, oval leaves that line loose, trailing stems. It blooms year round, except in coldest winters, bearing many five-petaled tubular blue blooms. These are attractive to butterflies and require no deadheading. White cultivars are also available.
Cape leadwort thrives in full to partial sun and prefers light, sandy soils with good drainage. It can...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Cape Leadwort, White Cape Leadwort)
Attractive, white flowers are the hallmark of white cape leadwort. It is an evergreen shrub to woody vine that is native to South Africa and has green, oval to spatula-shaped leaves with small ear-like (auricle = ear-shaped appendage) projections at the base. The leaves are alternate on thin, gracefully arching stems. Leadwort blooms year round, except in coldest winters, bearing many five-petaled tubular white blooms in round clusters at the ends of the branches. The flower bases and seed capsules...
James H. Schutte
(Cape Leadwort, Imperial Blue Plumbago)
Attractive, deep powder-blue flowers are the showpiece of the Imperial Blue cape leadwort. It is an evergreen shrub to woody vine that is native to South Africa and has green, oval to spatula-shaped leaves with small ear-like (auricle = ear-shaped appendage) projections at the base. The leaves are alternate on thin, gracefully arching stems. Cape leadwort blooms year round, except in coldest winters, bearing many five-petaled tubular blue blooms in round clusters at the ends of the branches. The...