James H. Schutte
(Kolomikta Kiwi, Variegated Kiwi Vine)
Hardy kiwi is a deciduous, twining, woody vine native to the temperate regions of East Asia. It is grown for its excellent hardiness, colorful foliage and delicious, smooth-skinned fruit. The leaves are ovate to oblong with a heart-shaped base and green when they emerge. On plants that are of bearing age, the outer half of the leaf turns color when it is time to flower. Closest to the stem the leaves remain green; the tips turn white finally blushing to pink, rose and raspberry producing a stunning...
(Arctic Beauty Kiwi, Kolomikta Kiwi)
Hardy kiwi is a deciduous, twining, woody vine native to the temperate regions of East Asia. It is grown for its excellent hardiness, colorful foliage and delicious, smooth-skinned fruit. The leaves of ‘Arctic Beauty’ are ovate to oblong with a heart-shaped base and green when they emerge and are smaller that other hardy kiwi varieties. On plants that are of bearing age, the outer half of the leaf turns color when it is time to flower. Closest to the stem the leaves remain green; the tips turn white...
(Autumn Adonis, Pheasant's Eye)
Small, scarlet buttercups are the glory of the annual pheasant's eye. A wildflower of field and meadow, natural populations exist on calcareous soils across much of Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and western Asia. Each bloom has very dark anthers giving the appearance of a bird's or pheasant's eye. Flowering occurs from late spring to midsummer.
Seeds germinate in late winter or spring, and plants have very finely dissected ferny foliage that's pale or bright green. Small red flowers...
Bishop's Goutweed is a fast-spreading Eurasian groundcover that has become naturalized across the whole of North America. It spreads via rhizomes (rooting underground stems) and has green compound leaves with three to nine leaflets. The equally weedy garden variety, 'Variegatum', is the most common form in cultivation and has leaves mottled with ivory.
In mid-spring to summer, goutweed produces umbels of tiny white flowers that are insect-pollinated and produce lots of brown seeds that spread...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Bishop's Goutweed, Snow-on-the-Mountain, Variegated Bishop's Goutweed)
Snow-on-the-Mountain is a rapidly spreading groundcover that is native to Europe and western Asia and has rampantly naturalized in North America. 'Variegatum' has three to nine widely divided, white and light green aromatic leaves that travel by way of fibrous roots and rhizomes. In mid spring to summer it produces umbels of tiny white flowers that turn to seed that will eagerly broadcast itself and freely germinate. (Removing seed heads when possible curtails unwanted volunteers from germinating)....
Mark A. Miller
(Baumann's Horsechestnut, Common Horsechestnut)
Long prized for its showy conical clusters of large white flowers with pink or yellow blotches, horse chestnut is a tall, deciduous, spring-blooming tree native to southeastern Europe. The cultivar 'Baumannii' produces exceptionally long-lasting, double, creamy-white flowers that age to blush-pink. It bears little or no fruit. The large palmate (hand-like) leaves cast dense shade.
This sun-loving tree does well in moist, well drained soil, and tolerates salt and pollution. Baumann's horse chestnut...
(Ageratum, Artist™ Alto Pearl Ageratum, Blue Mink, Flossflower)
Commonly called flossflower, Ageratum houstonianum is an anual native to Mexico planted for its tassel-like flowers. Flowering from midsummer until frost, available colors are shade of blue, pink, or white. Many series of cultivars exist. Usually performs well in full sun. However in hot-summered climates flossflower will need filtered sun. In mild winter climates, it may provide winter color. Use in annual beds or container gardens.
James H. Schutte
(Ageratum, Blue Hawaii Ageratum, Blue Mink, Flossflower)
Blue Hawaii flossflower is a tender perennial that is widely used as a bedding ornamental in temperate zones. This dwarf plant has a dense, bushy habit and produces many tassel-like flowers of powder blue all season.
Vigorous and easy to grow, it performs best in sites with full sun and average soil. Where summers are hot, plants may flower best in part sun locations. Rarely bothered by deer, Blue Hawaii flossflower is best enjoyed in containers or mixed borders with other brightly colored,...