(Roman Beauty Rosemary, Rosemary)
An old European herb most commonly associated with Mediterranean cooking, rosemary is one of the great culinary plants for the garden. It also doubles as an ornamental with its needle-like foliage, ridged stems, and pale lavender flowers that appear in late winter or spring. Technically a medium-sized woody shrub, it's native to the chaparral lands of southern Europe and North Africa where growing conditions are somewhat arid and the ground porous and well-drained. It’s also adapted to the seaside...
What a fall show this unique and exceptional creeping raspberry creates. The compact, cascading, 'Golden Quilt', has pleasing yellowish green foliage that turns eye-catching shades of rich burgundy in fall and winter. It was discovered in 1998 by Robert Mark Saul of Atlanta, Georgia as a naturally-occurring branch mutation of an unknown Rubus calycinoides selection.
A fast-growing, prostrate, evergreen shrub that makes an excellent groundcover, Rubus calycinoides is a Taiwanese...
An ancestor of many blackberry cultivars, this native of eastern and central North America is a medium-sized to large deciduous shrub with arching nearly thornless stems. Inconspicuous five-petaled white flowers appear in spring, followed in summer by shiny cylindrical black berries. Although edible, they are rather sour. The compound leaves usually have five leaflets.
This tough cold-hardy shrub prefers well-drained acidic or neutral soil and full to partial sun. It is useful for the wild garden...
This rugged native evergreen shrub of the Sonoran desert in Mexico is a rare blue-flowered plant capable of thriving in less than ideal conditions. This dense, waist-high shrub features tight branching and small leaves held in clusters. It has been known to flower more than once a year when there is rain in summer in the desert and may flower year round in the garden when watered.
The flowers are large, deep violet and shaped like a funnel but ending with five, spreading lobes. In spring they...
(Japanese Pussy Willow)
Considered the showiest of all pussy willows, this species boasts large, puffy flowers of silver-white with a hint of light pink in late winter and very early spring. A deciduous shrub with an open, upright form with arching branches, Japanese pussy willow is native to northern China, the Korean Peninsula and northern Japan. The smooth branches are a rich orange to red-brown in color, contrasting handsomely with the catkins.
Well before the satin-glossed, medium-green leaves appear, plump reddish...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
Salix integra is a large, graceful, slender-stemmed, deciduous shrub native to eastern Asia. Attractive reddish catkins decorate its shiny stems in spring, before the bright green lance-shaped leaves appear. Full sun and moist, well drained soil suit it best. It makes an ideal waterside plant.
James H. Schutte
(Dappled Willow, Hakuro-nishiki Variegated Willow)
Salix integra is a large, graceful, slender-stemmed, deciduous shrub native to eastern Asia. The leaves of its cultivar 'Hakuro Nishiki' are variegated pink, green and white. The salmon-pink to purple stems provide winter interest. Small, reddish catkins appear in spring before the leaves. It is often grafted onto a standard because of its relatively compact, arching habit.
Plant 'Hakuro-Niskiki' in moist, well drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Partial shade is necessary in hot summer...