Prized for its fantastic fuzzy foliage and iridescent violet-blue flowers, large-leaved princess flower is a favorite tropical beauty that can also be grown as a tender perennial in temperate gardens where summers are warm and humid. In its native Brazil, and other tropical climes, it grows as a rounded, evergreen shrub.
The four-angled stems of large-leaved princess flower support many large, quilted leaves of bright green that are covered with dense, light-reflecting hairs. The velvety, oval...
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Congested clusters of plump, purple-violet flowers grace the branch tips of the Colombian glorybush. This large evergreen shrub is sensitive to frost and is native to the high plains of Colombia and Ecuador. It usually attains a multistemmed habit with a spreading canopy of branches.
The large elongated oval leaves taper to a pointed tip. Three depressed veins run the length of these slightly hairy leaf blades. Most heavily blooming in the warmth of summer or into the tropical autumn, the five-petaled...
(Glorybush, Princess Flower)
Princess flower is a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree with magnificent royal purple flowers. The Brazilian native is often grown as a tender perennial in more temperate climates because it offers beautiful flowers and foliage throughout the warm season.
The bushy shrub has large, oval-shaped, velvety leaves with several deep, parallel veins. New leaves may be red or bronze hued. Branches are green to tan, fuzzy, square and somewhat brittle, so be careful when working around it. Beautiful,...
Towering high, the golden yellow sunflowers top the stems of the tree marigold in the warm seasons. An upright, clumping shrub native to Central America, it large size and maple-like leaves distinguish it from the common Mexican sunflower of annual gardens.
The leaves are usually five lobed, resembling an obese maple leaf and have a sandpapery texture. The woody stems can tower skyward and effectively side branch to create a rounded plant. With warmth, stem tips bear large yellow daisies with...
(Pacific Poison Oak)
The western counterpart to poison ivy, Pacific poison oak also has three-parted leaves and poses a dermatological threat to anyone who touches it. Native to the Pacific Coast states, from Canada to California, it habits open woodland, forest and chaparral environments across the low to middle elevation foothills. Though technically a shrub, it can climb high into tree canopies and sprawl onto other shrubs to become an impressive vine.
This is an undesirable plant due its noxious leaf oils...
(European Gorse, Furze, Whin)
With prickly stems and evergreen foliage, European gorse is amazingly attractive in spring when thousands of bright yellwo flowers clothe the plant. A large hrub native to western and central Europe, it produces copious amounts of seeds that remain viable in the soil for years. For this reason this pretty plant can become invasive in temperate regions with nutrient poor but acidy soils.
This upright to rounded shrub has small, rigid green leaves that end with a grooved, spiny tip. Most heavily...
(Blue Ridge Blueberry, Hybrid Blueberry)
An excellent variety for the lower Mid-Atlantic and upper Southeast regions of the United States, 'Blue Ridge' is a hybrid involving northern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and blueberry species native to the Southeast United States. This heat-tolerant cultivar produces masses of large flavorful light blue berries from mid- to late spring, weeks before the rabbiteye blueberry season. The tart, firm, succulent fruits are preceded by urn-shaped pinkish-white flowers. The attractive...
(Cape Fear Blueberry, Hybrid Blueberry)
An excellent variety for the lower Mid-Atlantic and upper Southeast regions of the United States, 'Cape Fear' is a hybrid involving northern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and blueberry species native to the Southeast United States. This heat-tolerant cultivar produces masses of very large light blue berrries from mid- to late spring, weeks before the rabbiteye blueberry season. The medium-firm, succulent fruits are preceded by urn-shaped pinkish-white flowers. The attractive...
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(Earliblue Blueberry, Hybrid Blueberry)
Bearing its large, sweet, light blue fruits days or weeks earlier than most other varieties, this 1952 introduction remains one of the most popular cultivars of northern highbush blueberry. The juicy, firm, somewhat tart berries begin to ripen in the first days of summer. Small pinkish-white urn-shaped flowers precede the fruits. The oval glossy green leaves turn fiery colors in fall. Conspicuous purple-red twigs provide winter interest. The head-high plants are dense and upright.