James H. Schutte
(Golden Wonder Senna, Splendid Senna)
This senna cultivar is considered the showiest of golden-flowered, tropical shrubs for frost-free climates. Its parent is native to Brazil but is now grown far and wide due to natural vigor and heavy bloom. This selection, ‘Golden Wonder,’ is considered equally well-adapted to other tropics and also frost-free dry climates if sufficiently irrigated. It makes a superior background shrub because it is twice as wide as it is tall.
This plant blooms heavily in very large bright golden-orange single...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
(Wislizenus' Cassia, Wislizenus' Senna)
An upright, medium to large deciduous shrub that glows golden-yellow in late spring and summer, this native of Mexico and the Southwest United States is an excellent candidate for dryland gardens. Densely clustered at the stem tips, the sunny flowers are followed by large brown seedpods. The grayish-green leaves are divided into small rounded leaflets with pointed tips. This medium to large shrub is a refreshing sphere of lush green in summer, and its dark stems add interest to the winter landscape....
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
A small, fine-textured evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub with delicate light pink flowers, ngnarled stems and variegated leaves in winter, 'Pink Mountain' is native of Southeast Asia is often used in bonsai. A dense rounded plant with crowded wiry branches lined with tiny oval leaves, snowrose displays pale pink starry flowers in spring and summer, and sometimes at other seasons if temperatures are mild. The four- to six-petaled blooms open from pink buds. Fruit (a small black berry) is rarely if...
James H. Schutte
Prized for its small size, wiry branches lined with variegated leaves, and showy bloom from spring to late summer, ‘Variegata Rosea’ is a selection of an evergreen shrub native to moist, open woodlands in Southeast Asia. At maturity it attains a bushy, domed shape. The leaves are tiny, leathery and dark-green with creamy edges, and if crushed smell like dirty socks. Pink flower buds appear in the warmth of late spring to fall, and open up as four to six-petalled pink blossoms with jagged edges.
A remarkably tough and tolerant plant, silver buffaloberry has silvery gray-green foliage and red berries that are sour but edible, often used in jam. An upright but rounded deciduous shrub, it is native to western North America.
The medium to light green elongated leaves are covered in tiny white hairs, causing variation in some plants to have a gray-green or fully silvery coloration. Plants are dioecious - male and female flowers, both yellow-green and tiny, are borne upon separate shrubs....
James H. Schutte
A tough and tolerant plant ideal for arid regions, the jojoba has attractive blue-green foliage and produces a nut-like fruit that is pressed for its oil. An irregularly shaped, upright, evergreen shrub, it's native to northern Mexico and the extreme southwestern United States.
Jojoba’s stiff branches are lined with paired oval leaves that are a grayish blue-green but can have hints of yellow-green. In early spring, the unimpressive small yellow flowers appear. Plants are dioecious, either male...
This upright tender shrub is found only in the uplands of southern Colombia.
The narrowly oval leaves are pale yellow-green. Densely covered with tiny yellow hairs when young, the largely unbranched stems mature to green-brown with white speckles. Clusters of small white bell-shaped flowers occur along the stems, opposite a leaf, during the warm months. The flower buds are also densely covered in yellow hairs.
This plant prefers full sun to partial shade and moist well-drained soil.
(Blue Potato Bush, Royal Robe Potato Bush)
Blue potato bush is a sprawling evergreen shrub native to Argentina and Paraguay. 'Royal Robe' is a compact, free-flowering cultivar that bears fragrant, violet-blue, salver-shaped flowers in warm weather throughout the year. The flowers are followed by one-inch red fruits. It requires moist, well-drained soil and full sun. Use it against a wall, in a mixed border, or as a container plant for the garden or greenhouse.
Providing spring to fall interest with its handsome ferny leaves, the Ural falsespirea is particularly arresting in midsummer when covered with frothy white flowerheads. An upright, suckering, thicketing shrub, it is native to northern Asia eastward to Japan.
Emerging very early in spring, the long frond-like compound leaves comprise numerous narrow leaflets. Young leaves are glossy light green with blushes of coppery red. In summer, upright astilbe-like clusters of tiny white flowers adorn...