Forest & Kim Starr
This Asian native is a small tender evergreen shrub with glossy, dark green, serrated leaves. Fragrant white to pinkish flowers appear in late spring and early summer, followed by showy drooping clusters of red berries that remain on the plant through much of the winter.
This shrub requires little maintenance in partial shade and humus-rich, well drained, acid soil. It adds vivid color to shady gardens and greenhouses in winter. Use it as a tall groundcover, in the foundation planting, or as...
Corsican sandwort is an extremely low, evergreen, mat-forming perennial with shiny, light-green, oval leaves. It is native to the islands of the western Mediterranean Sea, where the climate is hot and dry for half the year. From late spring into summer the plant is covered with small, star-like, white flowers. It reseeds itself freely and sometimes to the point of weediness.
Grow Corsican sandwort in sharply drained soil, such as sand, or loam with coarse aggregate mixed in. The soil should have...
(Montana Sandwort, Mountain Sandwort)
Mountain sandwort is an attractive evergreen, mat-forming perennial with gray-green, narrow leaves native to southwestern Europe's mountains. In early summer, the plants are covered with small, cup-shaped white flowers.
Sun-loving mountain sandwort requires a sharply draining soil, such as sand or loam with coarse aggregrate mixed in. Soils should have poor fertility. It is a excellent choice for rock gardens, alpine troughs or for growing in the gaps in a stone wall or between paving stones....
(Avalanche Sandwort, Montana Sandwort, Mountain Sandwort)
Exceptionally free-flowering, ‘Avalance’ is a selection of a sandwort species native to mountainous regions of southwestern Europe, where the climate is hot and dry much of the years. Like its parent, ‘Avalanche’ is an attractive, evergreen, mat-forming perennial. The sprawling, wiry stems bear tiny, linear to lance-shaped, gray-green leaves. In early summer, the plant is covered with small, cup-shaped, white flowers, borne singly and in clusters.
Give 'Avalanche' a sharply draining soil, such...
(Dwarf Sugar Palm, Formosa Palm)
Valued for its large, lush, tropical leaves and its remarkable cold hardiness, this small clump-forming palm is native to moist forested slopes in Taiwan and the Ryukyu Islands. Its stems are monocarpic, each individual trunk dying after it flowers and fruits.
The enormous, feather-like, upright fronds are borne atop short slender trunks clothed with black hairy fibers. Each frond comprises numerous long narrow blade-shaped leaflets, paired along a midrib (or "rachis"). The stiff leaflets are...
Carol Cloud Bailey
A stately palm with immense fronds and a tall, shaggy trunk, this Indonesian native has long been cultivated in Southeast Asia for its sweet sap and tough fibers. A monocarpic plant, it dies after it flowers and fruits.
Borne on sturdy, fiber-coated leaf stems ("petioles"), the enormous, upright, evergreen fronds can be as long as a small bus. They cluster atop a solitary trunk that is densely thatched with gray or black burlap-like fibers and armed with thin, woody, skewer-like spines. Each...
(Flatbud Pricklypoppy, Pricklepoppy)
The enormous white crepe paper flowers are beguilingly at odds with the rest of this prickly short-lived perennial from dry regions of western North America. Borne on stout spiny stems that can vary from calf- to waist-high, the white, four- to six-petaled blooms open from bristly buds in late spring and summer. A powderpuff cluster of numerous yellow stamens ornaments the center of each flower. The blossoms are held above handsome dense clumps of deeply lobed gray-green leaves that are prickly on...
(Argyranthemum, Sassy® White Argyranthemum, Sassy® White Marguerite Daisy)
The landscape-durable, shrubby Sassy® White Marguerite daisy - cultivar 'Arg Whit' - is admirable for its mounding foliage and numerous white daisy-like blossoms. A hybrid tender perennial developed in 2002 in The Netherlands, it's widely grown as an annual. First appearing early in the spring for a long flowering season, each flower opens with a golden center surrounded by short white petals. The blossoms are larger and begin to appear earlier in spring compared to the series companion cultivar...
(Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe Lemon Anemone Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe Lemon Anemone Marguerite Daisy)
Attractive, fine-textured foliage and anemone-like, buttery-yellow flowers set the Shere™ Monroe Lemon Anemone Marguerite daisy apart from others. It was developed by Dutch Syngenta plant breeders in 2003. A rounded, compact plant, the long-lasting flowers occur on self-branching stem tips. First appearing early in the spring for a long flowering season, the flower heads are semi-double. Instead of a golden eye center, a flattened crown of short petaloids create the anemone-like center. Surrounding...
(Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe White Argyranthemum, Shere™ Monroe White Marguerite Daisy)
Shere™ Monroe White Marguerite daisy is a very compact, ball-shaped plant that bears white daisy flowers. It was the result of a controlled breeding program by Syngenta Seeds in Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. The compact growth habit, early flowering and little need for growth chemicals makes this cultivar unsurpassed for greenhouse potted gift plant production. First appearing early in the spring for a long flowering season, the flower heads have a golden eye center surrounded by a single or double...