Mark A. Miller
(Sachet Witchhazel, Showy Witchhazel)
This late winter blooming hybrid shrub is certainly the most widely celebrated.
In the last dreary days of winter its branches become dotted with fragrant, colorful, spidery flowers. The vase-shaped shrub blends and amplifies the great ornamental characteristics of its two parents, Chinese witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis) and Japanese witchhazel (H. japonica).
Witchhazel has dull dark green leaves that are broadly oval with wavy edges and short tips. The new leaves are glossier...
Mark A. Miller
(Savill Starlight Witchhazel, Showy Witchhazel)
A spreading shrub with rather twiggy growth, the Savill Starlight showy witchhazel bears sulfur yellow flowers and yellow fall foliage. In the last dreary days of winter its branches become lined with scentless, short, ribbon-like crinkled flowers. This hybrid shrub blends the ornamental characteristics of its two parents, Chinese witchhazel (Hamamelis mollis) and Japanese witchhazel (H. japonica ). This particular cultivar was raised at Savill Gardens in Windsor, England and introduced...
Mark A. Miller
(Showy Witchhazel, Westerstede Witchhazel)
If you love the look and floral performance of the Arnold Promise witchhazel, you'll love 'Westerstede'. This German-bred selection has proven to have greater resistance to mildew in hot-summer regions, and better cold hardiness in cold-winter areas when compared to 'Arnold Promise'. 'Westerstede' was raised by nurseryman Heinrich Bruns and named after the German town.
Growing into an upright shrub with good vigor, this cultivar matures taller than wide.
Anytime from late winter into early spring,...
Carol Cloud Bailey
Across its native range of South Florida, the Caribbean and Tropical Americas, this sun-loving evergreen produces clusters of red floral tubes with yellow-orange centers, on red stems from spring through early fall. Its leaves are broad and fuzzy and produces bluish-black berries after a long bloom season. Butterflies frequent the flowers and songbirds enjoy the fruits for a meal.
Firebush performs best in full sun but is shade tolerant and will adequately grow in any soil provided that there...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Dwarf Hummingbird Bush, Firebush, Firecracker Shrub)
In its native environments of South Florida, the Caribbean and Tropical Americas, this sun-loving evergreen produces clusters of red floral tubes with yellow-orange centers, on reddish-purple stems from spring through early fall. Its leaves are broad and shiny and produces bluish-black berries after a long bloom season. Butterflies sometimes enjoy the floral nectar, and songbirds relish the juicy fruits.
This cultivar prefers full sun but is somewhat shade tolerant and will adequately grow in...
(Firebush, Firecracker Shrub, Grandé Hummingbird Bush)
Grande firebush provides a wonderful source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies alike. In its native environments of southern Florida, the Caribbean and Tropical America, it is a sun loving evergreen that produces vibrant clusters of red, pinkish, orange floral tubes on reddish-purple stems from spring through early fall. After pollination, the shrub produces bluish-black berries that attract songbirds. Leaves are light to medium green and will lightly redden in winter or drop off entirely....
A great butterfly plant, Autumn Glory hebe is a mounded evergreen shrub that becomes more spreading over time. It has small blue-purple flowers that are clustered in upright racemes late in the season. Its new growth has a bronze cast, maturing to dark green elliptic leaves.
Autumn Glory hebe is happiest in a sunny spot with sandy, well-drained soils that are not acidic. Use in the rock or alpine garden and shear after flowering to maintain its compact form.
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
Mountain box is an evergreen shrub native to New Zealand. With its compact habit and glossy green leaves it makes a nice low hedge. In summer, small upright clusters of white flowers attract butterflies.
A sunny site, protected from drying winds, with well-drained, non-acidic soil are the best growing conditions for this plant.
Mountain-box is a compact evergreen shrub native to New Zealand. With its compact habit and glossy green leaves 'Patty's Purple' makes a nice low hedge or border plant. In summer, butterflies are attracted to its small upright clusters of purple flowers that eventually fade to white.
Plant Patty's Purple mountain-box in a sunny site, protected from drying winds, with a well-drained soil that is either alkaline or neutral in pH.
(New Zealand Hebe)
Showy hebe is a New Zealand native with glossy evergreen leaves and a dense, rounded habit. In summer, butterflies are attracted to its spikes of small reddish-purple flowers.
Hebe is a drought-tolerant plant that is useful for a low hedge, the foundation or mixed border. Plant in full sun and away from drying winter winds. A slightly alkaline soil is also important. Cultivar 'Imperialis' has red foliage and reddish pink flowers, and 'Tricolor' has dual colored leaves that blush purple in winter.