(Holland Scotch Broom, Scotch Broom)
Bright blooms cover this hybrid broom for a lovely display in spring and summer. It is a woody shrub, evergreen in mild climates, deciduous in cooler locations and somewhat short-lived. The gracefully arching, green branches bear small, simple leaves. Broom ‘Hollandia’ produce flowers in shades of salmon-pink to rose tinted with yellow. The strongly fragrant blooms are typical of peas or beans; larger, rounded petals subtend smaller petals that form a lip or keeled beak. They are produced solitarily...
(Alexandrian Laurel, Poet's Laurel)
Admired for its compact habit and glossy foliage, poet's laurel is a tough evergreen shrub from western Asia that offers foliar beauty year round. It is a shade lover that's notoriously slow growing and somewhat frost tender. Specimens are reliably hardy to USDA hardiness zone 8 but can withstand cold temperatures in zone 7 with protection. Small yellow flowers are offered in summer and ornamental red fruits are produced in fall and look great into winter.
The elegant "leaves" of this evergreen...
(Himalayan Daphne, Paper Daphne)
In the eastern Himalayas, this daphne's bark was used to make paper. To the modern gardener, the Himalayan daphne supplies a larger, upright-growing silhouette in the garden and fragrant white flowers. Native to the mid-elevations of the eastern Himalayas in Nepal and western China, this shrub is evergreen or deciduous in winter, depending on climate. The branching habit is open and airy.
The leaves are lance-shaped and satin-glossy dark green. Each blade is leathery in texture. In midwinter...
(Himalayan Daphne, Peter Smithers Daphne)
In its native eastern Himalayas, people used this species's bark to make paper. To the modern gardener, the Peter Smithers daphne supplies a medium-sized, upright-growing silhouette in the garden and abundant, very fragrant violet-purple and lavender-white flowers. Native to the mid-elevations of the eastern Himalayas in Nepal and western China, this shrub is evergreen to partially deciduous, depending on winter cold. The branching habit is open and airy. This cultivar was selected by Sir Peter Smithers...
(Gurkha Daphne, Icy Himalayan Daphne)
In the eastern Himalayas, this daphne's bark was used to make paper. To the modern gardener, the Gurkha icy Himalayan daphne is a more cold-hardy, deciduous daphne with fragrant white and pink blossoms. This selection always loses its foliage in winter to better display its flowers. It was selected from a group of plants taken from eastern Nepal in 1962. The icy Himalayan daphne develops a upright shape but with some spreading to creeping branches with an open habit.
The leaves are lance-shaped...
James H. Schutte
The Caucasian daphne bears white flowers over a longer blooming period than other daphne shrubs commonly grown in temperate gardens. Native to Caucasus in western Asia, this deciduous shrub attains a dense, rounded habit. It shows no fall color before the foliage drops off.
The rather small, elongated oval leaves are a medium green, with a slight hint of blue-green. On branch tips, clusters of four to 20 tiny white, four-petaled flowers occur most profusely in late spring. Continued light flowering...
Rich green foliage of Deutzia crenata beautifully pairs with the wispy white clusters of blossoms in late spring. A decidous shrub that has an upright habit but somewhat overall mounded shape, it is native to Japan.
Crenate deutzia's leaves are tapered ovals, held in opposite pairs on its branches and range in color from bright rich green to deep green. In late spring or very early summer loose clusters of white, star-like flowers appear on stems atop the foliage. In autumn the foliage...
(Crenate Deutzia, Pride of Rochester Crenate Deutzia)
The rich green foliage of deutzia ‘Pride of Rochester’ pairs beautifully with its sweet-scented clusters of double, white to pale pink flowers borne in summer. Forming a broad, spreading outline, the arching stems of this deciduous shrub are lined with tapered, oval-shaped leaves held in opposite pairs. In late spring to early summer, loose clusters of pink buds open to fragrant, double, white, star-shaped flowers edged in pink. In autumn the foliage may carry tones of burgundy-purple, depending...