(Desert Willow, Lucretia Hamilton Desert Willow)
Lucretia Hamilton desert willow is an upright, multi-stem, evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub or tree with a rounded to spreading crown. It is slightly smaller than most desert willow selections. Leaves are green and narrow giving desert willow a slightly weeping habit. Tubular deep pink to purple flowers with yellow throats occur abundantly in summer and are showy and fragrant. These produce elongated fruit pods.
Desert willow is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico where it is...
(Japanese Allspice, Wintersweet)
Break the dreariness of winter with the fragrant flowers that don the wintersweet. Native to the woodlands in China, this slow-growing shrub with an upright but broad shape can begin to look a bit leggy and unkempt with old age.
Depending on climate, the bare branches reveal many bowl-shaped flowers that face downward, appearing anytime from midwinter to early spring. The fragrant flowers' waxy petals are light lemony yellow with a center that is sienna to purplish brown in color. Dry fruits...
Gerald L. Klingaman
The billowing, wispy, white flower clusters of Chinese fringetree bring a magnificent touch to the spring landscape. Native to eastern China, Korea and Japan, this deciduous plant grows as a shrub naturally but can be trained as a small tree if lower branches are removed. Taking a while for new spring leaves to emerge, the bright green oval foliage has slightly lighter colored undersides that can be hairy. By mid to late spring, the new growth is topped by masses of clusters of white fragrant blossoms,...
(Mexican Orange, Mexican Orange Blossom, Mock Orange)
Sweet, citrusy-smelling white flowers adorn the branches of Mexican orange from very late winter to autumn. An evergreen subtropical shrub from the higher elevations of Mexico, it has glossy, compound foliage, each leaf composed of three, oval leaflets that are fragrant if crushed. In late winter, clusters of five-petaled white blossoms cover the plant, emitting an intoxicating fragrance like that of orange blossoms, and attracting honeybees. The first blooming season lasts for weeks, and then flowering...
This spreading perennial chrysanthemum produces charming single apricot daisies with yellow centers. It is a late season mum that begins flowering in early fall. Though clump-forming, ‘Apricot’ spreads fast so only plant it where there is plenty of space. Otherwise it will take over! When not in bloom, plants offer dark green deeply lobed foliage that is pungently aromatic when crushed.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun and well-draining garden loam. 'Apricot' will adopt a neater habit and...
This spreading perennial chrysanthemum produces delicate single pale pink daisies with yellow centers. It is a late season mum that begins flowering in mid to late fall. Though clump-forming, ‘Clara Curtis’ spreads fast, so only plant it where there is plenty of space. Otherwise it will take over! When not in bloom, plants offer dark green deeply lobed foliage that is pungently aromatic when crushed. This cultivar is sometimes listed as 'Country Girl'.
Grow this hardy perennial in full sun...
(Golden Raindrop Daisy)
Golden raindrop daisy, also known as yellow daisy, is a low-growing annual that blooms in a profusion of cheerful yellow flowers in mid to late spring, or during any cool season growing period. Native to Algeria in northern Africa, this species has smooth, fleshy green leaves rising from the plant's base and creating a mat. The daisy flowers are broad and rise well above the leaves.
Golden raindrop daisy needs an average, well-drained soil that can be either dry or moist. Full sun to partial...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Garden Chrysanthemum, Garden Mum)
Nothing says fall like beautiful mounds of brightly colored mums. Originating from eastern Asia, the common chrysanthemum has been cultivated for centuries, and there are thousands of varieties available that come in a wide array of colors and floral forms. The garden mum is a long-time favorite for fall gardens and greenhouse displays, with its long-lasting, showy blossoms held above mounds of lustrous foliage.
In spring, this clump-forming herbaceous perennial puts forth dense stems lined...
James H. Schutte
In autumn this proven densely branched mum displays a tremendous number of fully double decorative flowers of purple. Like other cushion mums, it is a heavy-flowering selection that adopts a uniform mounded habit. This exceptional cultivar was bred in The Netherlands by Robert Noodelijk.
In spring, this clump-forming herbaceous perennial puts forth dense stems lined with medium green, fragrant, lobed leaves that are unusually glossy. In late spring to early summer it should be pinched back...
(Amandola Chrysanthemum, Quill Chrysanthemum)
The lovely chrysanthemum 'Amandola' freely produces lavender-rose flowers with quill-like petals. It is early flowering and ideal for decorative planting in late-summer or early fall.
In spring, this cushion-forming herbaceous perennial develops stems lined with medium green, fragrant, lobed leaves. Flowers appear in very late summer and last for several weeks. The numerous blooms are somewhat spider-like with narrow petals of irregular length. Their lavender-rose color is steadfast and seems...