(Bearberry Cotoneaster, Coral Beauty Bearberry Cotoneaster)
A hybrid of bearberry cotoneaster (C. dammeri x C. conspicuus), 'Coral Beauty' is a dwarf evergreen shrub that forms a broad, low mound of shiny, rounded, dark green leaves decorated with many small berries in autumn. In late spring and early summer, tiny rose-shaped white flowers appear on its arching branches which are normally pollinated by bees. Abundant bright coral-tinted magenta berries mature in fall, attracting birds well into the start of winter, when the foliage becomes...
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
A small, creeping perennial with feathery foliage, brass buttons produces button-like yellow-green flowers in late spring and early summer. Native to the gritty soils in subalpine areas of New Zealand, it will spread indefinitely once established.
The leaves are oblong in shape overall, but have many small, curving lobes with teeth on one side that create a feathery appearance. They are bright green and may or may not be covered in tiny hairs. By late spring short stems rise from the mat of leaves,...
A small, creeping perennial with purple-black feathery foliage, brass buttons produces button-like yellow-green flowers in late spring and early summer. Native to the gritty soils in subalpine areas of New Zealand, it will spread indefinitely once established and can be quite hardy if given the right growing environment.
The leaves are oblong in shape but have many small, curved lobes with teeth that create a feathery appearance. Newly emerged growth is pale green and matures to deep, purplish...
James H. Schutte
(Colewort, Giant Sea Kale)
A massive mound of ornate leaves are attractive by themselves on the colewort, but the many-branched flower stems with wispy, baby's breath-like white flowers makes this herbaceous perennial a showstopper. Colewort, a relative of cabbage and broccoli, is native to western Asia's Caucasus Mountains.
In spring, a rosette of long-stemmed dark green leaves emerge from the ground. Each laef blade is kidney-shaped or oval with a puckering center and toothed, bristled edges. It creates an alluring...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Delicious in taste and in visual texture, sea kale has ruffled grayish blue-green leaves and pretty white blossoms in very late spring. This herbaceous perennial can be evergreen in mild winter areas but often dies back with subfreezing temperatures. It is often grown as an annual vegetable, particularly in its native range of coastal northern and western Europe and around the Black Sea.
With spring coolness, the young leaves are purplish gray and eventually grow into a large blade that is floppy...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Noted for their handsome, succulent, paired leaves, which are often arranged in striking geometric patterns, the 200 or so annuals, perennials, and small shrubs in the genus Crassula are mostly endemic to southern Africa.
Plants in this remarkably diverse genus have fleshy leaves and stems rich in specialized water holding cells that grant exceptional drought resistance. Plant habit ranges from creeping to upright. Most crassulas grown today are small species suitable for containers....
A variable evergreen succulent found over a wide area of southeastern Africa, this low-growing perennial produces rosettes of fleshy, oval to lance-shaped, green or gray-green leaves that often have red spots, margins, or suffusion. Sparsely branched stems crowded with four-ranked leaves emerge from the rosettes in spring or early summer. The stems may be upright or prostrate, and the leaves hairy or smooth. Spike-like clusters of small white pink-tinged flowers appear at the stem tips in summer...
A showy-leaved cultivar of a an evergreen succulent from southeastern Africa, this low-growing perennial produces rosettes of fleshy, narrowly oval, bright green leaves that turn orange and scarlet in hot dry weather. Lax, sparsely branched stems emerge from the rosettes in spring or early summer, bearing four-ranked leaves that decrease in size toward the stem tips. These leaves also turn brilliant colors as they mature. Spike-like clusters of small white pink-tinged flowers appear on short stalks...
(Klipblom, Red Crassula)
Colorful both in leaf and in flower, this succulent evergreen subshrub from coastal areas of South Africa has compact erect stems crowded with four rows of oval, pointed leaves. The leaves are often edged or tinged red. In summer and early fall, large flat clusters of starry, purplish-red flowers crown the stems. Flowers on some forms are pink or white.
This plant requires coarse porous soil, whether grown in gardens or containers. It prefers full sun, but requires partial shade in summer in...
(Grandfather's Watch Chain)
An excellent groundcover for frost-free gardens, this vigorously spreading, succulent, evergreen perennial is native to rocky terrain in eastern South Africa. Its sprawling stems root at the nodes, rapidly colonizing large areas. The rounded, dark green, pitted leaves are paired along the stems. They may become red-flushed in sun. Fallen leaves can root to form new plants. Branched heads of small starry pink flowers open from reddish buds in spring. After blooming, flower stalks may produce very...