(Gold Bullion Cornflower, Mountain Bluet, Perennial Cornflower)
A flowering perennial with glowing leaves, ‘Gold Bullion,’ is descended from Mountain Bluet, a native of the mountainous regions of Central Europe. It thrives in temperate climates and drier soils. The plant forms a low mound of lance-shaped, golden leaves above which rise stems of single blue flowers with red centers from late spring to summer.
Grow this montaine perennial in full sun and well-drained, even rocky, soil. Like other mountain bluets, it is a great plantt for rock or alpine gardens...
The American native shrub, common buttonbush, develops striking pincushion-like flower balls of ivory in summer and early fall. These are followed by attractive fruits and russet red autumn leaves. This rounded, deciduous shrub is native to much of eastern North America as well as Cuba and regions in Mexico. Wild specimens can be found growing in moist or wet soils around lakes, ponds and streams.
Buttonbush has shiny, medium green leaves that are oval to almost lance-like in shape. The leaf...
(Ice Plant, Red Spike Ice Plant)
This little-known genus of succulent perennials contains 60 species of what is commonly called iceplant. It is a coastal species found along the southern tip of Africa both east and west of the Cape of Good Hope. The plants are ground hugging dense mats of thick leaves that dwell in the sandy dune lands and rocky outcrops found in the maritime climate areas.
Cephalophyllum species are creeping plants that produce thick blue green leaves with a curiously half rounded tips. Leaves...
Mark A. Miller
A low, petite, flowering succulent groundcover, this iceplant spreads by creeping stems, but it is not an invasive weed. Tolerant of limited light frosts, this evergreen perennial is native to South Africa.
The tiny leaves are finger-like and a bright green, although blush slightly purple or red when growing in intense sunlight. In mid- to late winter, deep rosy-pink, daisy-like flowers appear just above the carpet of succulent leaves. Individually, a blossom may have subtle hints of pink-orange...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Harrington's Plum Yew, Spreading Plum Yew)
Harrington's plum yew is a needled evergreen shrub or small tree with an upright to arching and spreading habit. This native of Korea and Japan is yew-like in appearance and has glossy, flattened dark green needles with silvery bands on their undersides. It is technically coniferous, but much like true yews its round fruits have a fleshy, purple-red exterior. Fruits only exist on female plants and appear in late summer to fall.
Plum yew grows well in sandy, well drained soil. Where climates...