Gerald L. Klingaman
Climbing aster is so named for its very long, arching stems which mingle among neighboring shrubs and other vegetation for support. Native to coastal regions of the southeastern United States, this woody subshrub is found naturally at the edges of swamps and wet woods. It is grown in gardens for its showy, late-season display of fragrant, lavender-pink flowers.
The rambling, branched stems of climbing aster are covered with light gray fuzz. They may reach as much as 12 feet (4 meters) in length,...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The unusual violet berries of this hardy woody vine really stand out in the fall. Peppervine is native to regions across the southern United States. It is rarely cultivated due to its aggressive and rampant growth habit.
Considered by many to be a weed, this deciduous vine is extremely adaptable to most growing conditions. It is fast growing and short-lived. The shiny compound leaves emerge red, turn green and then change to bright red in fall. Loose clusters of berries appear in summer. These...
James H. Schutte
(Amur Peppervine, Porcelain Vine)
This vigorous, deciduous woody vine is grown for its attractive foliage and colorful loose clusters of porcelain blue berries. The berries progress in color as they age, from green to pink, then turquoise blue and violet. It is extremely adaptable to most growing conditions and quite forgiving when transplanted. Suitable support is necessary for this rapid climber from northeastern Asia.
Porcelain vine grows well in any well-drained moist soil. A sunny or partially shade site is best. Be aware...
Asian in origin, the porcelain vine is a vigorous, deciduous woody vine grown for its attractive foliage and colorful loose clusters of porcelain blue berries. The berries progress in color as they age, from green to pink, then turquoise blue and violet. This natural variety's foliage can be quite variable, with long leaves that have gentle or deep lobes.
Porcelain vine grows well in any well-drained moist soil. A sunny or partially shade site is best. Be aware that this vine is aggressive and...
(Amur Peppervine, Porcelain Vine, Variegated Porcelain Berry)
The lobed green foliage of this interesting porcelain berry is mottled with white and pink. This vigorous, deciduous woody vine is also grown for its loose clusters of porcelain blue berries that appear in summer. The berries progress in color as they age, from green to pink, then turquoise blue and violet. It is extremely adaptable to most growing conditions and quite forgiving when transplanted. Suitable support is necessary for this rapid climber from northeastern Asia.
Porcelain vine grows...
(Blue Ice Bluestar, Bluestar)
This is one of the best bluestars for the garden. Discovered at White Flower Farm in Connecticut, 'Blue Ice' is a dwarf hybrid that is believed to be a cross between among Amsonia tabernaemontana and Amsonia montana. It is a heavy-flowering, vigorous selection that looks good even after it has stopped blooming.
In spring this bushy perennial puts forth stems lined with linear green leaves that become covered with loose clusters of blue starry flowers. These are highly attractive...
Gerald L. Klingaman
This plant is beautiful in spring, summer and fall. Hubricht's bluestar is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial grown for both its beautiful flowers and foliage. This native of Arkansas and Oklahoma is tough, clump-forming and can become quite large over time.
In spring, clusters of five-petaled starry pale blue flowers appear with the first foliage. The dense upright stems are densely lined with very fine green leaves. These offer a soft ferny appearance to the garden throughout the rest...
(Willowleaf Eastern Bluestar)
Willow-leaved blue star is a vigorous herbaceous perennial prized for its size, distinctive fine texture, starry flowers, and its golden fall color. In spring, thin unbranched stems rise from the center of the roots. The inner stems grow upright while the outer stems lean slightly, giving the plant a spreading silhouette with a rounded crown. The willow-like leaves of this variety are much narrower than those of the species and grow almost at right angles to the stems, producing a resemblance to...
(Mount Atlas Daisy)
Mount Atlas daisy is a cute, short-lived, alpine perennial that cheerfully opens white-petaled, daisy-like flowers in summer. The flowers close at dusk and reopen in the morning on this mat-like ground cover from the mountainous northwestern corner of Africa. The grayish green feathery foliage is beautiful in morning light, and is a perfect backdrop to the closed flowerheads showing the red side of their petals.
Mt. Atlas daisy is an excellent plant for gritty, well drained soils in full sun....