(Bell Heather, C. D. Eason Bell Heather)
The bell heather 'C.D. Eason' is an evergreen subshrub grown for its clusters of bell-shaped, magenta pink flowers that appear from early summer through autumn. Hailing from Western and Central Europe, Erica cinerea is one of the most difficult Erica to establish, though once it has it is quite drought tolerant and tough. Its fine, needle-like leaves are medium to dark green and held in whorls of three on gray, upright branches.
The tiny lowers are bell-shaped and appear in...
(Bell Heather, Velvet Night Bell Heather)
The bell heather 'Velvet Night' is an evergreen subshrub grown for its clusters of bell-shaped, deep red flowers that appear from early summer through autumn. Hailing from Western and Central Europe, Erica cinerea is one of the most difficult Erica to establish, though once it has it is quite drought tolerant and tough. Its fine, needle-like leaves are medium to dark green and held in whorls of three on gray, upright branches.
The tiny lowers are bell-shaped and appear in dense...
Long, curving tubular flowers in yellow, orange and salmon adorn the wispy branches of water heath. From the Cape Provinces of South Africa, this upright evergreen shrub is frost tender. The flowers typically peak in winter and spring, but will open at any time of the year.
Water heath must be planted in a moist acidic soil in full sunlight. Excellent air circulation is particularly important in the winter months. These plants can be grown in a cool greenhouse, or outdoors in warm temperate locations...
Fine, bright green foliage may turn russet-brown in the chill of winter on Cornish heather, and summer finds tip-clusters of tiny rose, pink or white flowers. A robust, hardy, evergreen shrub with a rounded shape but with rather open branches, it is native to Ireland, England, western France and Spain. This heather is among the easiest to grow and is very popular in gardens worldwide.
Its foliage is small and needle-like, bright green and attractive on the upward-reaching stems. From midsummer...
(Cornish Heather, Mrs D.F. Maxwell Heather)
Fine, bright green foliage may turn russet-brown in the chill of winter on the Mrs. D.F. Maxwell heather, and summer finds tip-clusters of tiny rose-pink flowers. A robust, hardy, evergreen shrub with a low, rounded or mounding shape, this selection was found on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, England.
Its foliage is small and needle-like, bright o dark green and attractive on the upward-reaching stems. From midsummer to mid-fall, the branch tips are heavily lined in clusters of bell-shaped...
The cape heath is a tall growing evergreen shrub that bears multi-colored tubular flowers. Floral tubes are mainly red and tinged with green or yellow. From the western cape of South Africa, this fall and winter flowering plant has small pine needle-like leaves that are bright green.
Cape heath should be given a moist acidic soil in a sunny location. A sandy soil amended with organic matter is perfect. As it is an erect shrub, it should be use in the rear of a mixed border, or possibly as a hedge...
Audrey, Eve and George DeLange
(Aguirre, Goldenweed, Turpentine Bush)
The bright blooms of this small, drought resistant evergreen shrub from southwestern North America help visually carry desert gardens through fall. Its upright, branching, waist-high stems are furnished with verdant, needle-like foliage. The leaves contain a turpentine-scented resin that discourages herbivores. The lower branches of this dense mounding shrub may become barren with age. Brilliant yellow daisy flowers envelop the plant in fall, providing valuable nectar for bees and butterflies. Flowers...
James H. Schutte
(Cherokee Bean, Coral Bean, Coral Tree, Red Cardinal)
Uniquely shaped blue-green foliage and brilliant red spikes of tubular summer flowers make red cardinal a garden conversation piece! A semi-herbaceous perennial that grows from a woody root, it can be nearly evergreen in frost-free regions and deciduous in the coldest areas of its hardiness. It is native to the seasonally dry pine forests of the southeastern United States and extreme northeastern Mexico.
The compound leaves of red cardinal are made up of three bright blue-green, club-shaped...
(Fireman's Cap, Shrub Coral Tree)
In late spring or summer the fiery scarlet-red flower spikes of fireman's cap emerge above the foliage and thorny stems. A deciduous shrub or small tree, it is a hybrid between the cry-baby tree (Erythrina crista-galli) and Cherokee bean (E. herbacea). The original cross occurred in the 1840s at Camden Park just outside of Adelaide, Australia. Fireman's cap becomes an open, sparse tree with upright to arching branches. At the coldest end of its hardiness, where winters have subfreezing...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Burning bush is a large deciduous shrub that originates from China, Japan and Korea. This popular landscape shrub has a large spreading habit, compound leaves of dark green and prominent corky 'wings' along its stems. But, it is best known for its fall foliage of glowing vibrant red, thus the name burning bush.
Late in the season this shrub becomes covered with four-lobed capsules that split open to reveal orange-red seeds, which are relished by birds and disseminated everywhere. These seeds...