Mark A. Miller
(Manbeck Select Washington Hawthorn, Washington Hawthorn)
Washington hawthorn is a small rounded deciduous tree from the eastern United States. The three- to five-lobed, maple-like leaves change from purple when new to glossy dark green in summer to orange or red in fall. Flat clusters of scented white flowers appear in late spring or early summer, followed in fall by bright red berries that hold through much of winter, attracting songbirds. The spreading, horizontal limbs brandish long thorns. The snow-frosted thorns and berries are a highlight of the...
With its abundant spring flowers, bright fall color, and picturesque, wide-spreading crown, this small to medium-sized deciduous tree from eastern North America offers year-round interest. Broad and flat-topped in habit, it bears toothed, oval, dull green leaves that turn yellow in fall. The leaves are creased by a prominent midvein and numerous parallel, forward-pointing lateral veins. Numerous clusters of small white flowers open in late spring, giving rise to bunches of spherical to pear-shaped...
Green hawthorn is a thorny, vase shaped, deciduous tree that is native to the eastern United States. The glossy green foliage turns red in the fall, while white flowers appear in late spring, attracting bees. There is a showy display of large, red fruit into fall and winter.
Green hawthorn can grow in most soil types but is best in non-alkaline, well drained soil and full sun. This tree is ideal as a specimen or street tree but be aware of the stiff, long thorns that line the wiry branches when...
(Green Hawthorn, Winter King Hawthorn)
With larger red fruits and a prettier form and bark than its parent species, a native of the eastern United States, the selection ‘Winter King’ is a tough and exceptional ornamental tree. A thorny, vase-shaped to rounded, deciduous tree, it has platy bark that exfoliates to reveal tones of gray, green and orange. It blooms with white flowers in the spring, and the glossy, green leaves turn red in the fall. There is a very impressive display of red fruits in fall and into winter.
Winter King hawthorn...
(Lavell's Hybrid Hawthorn)
A small deciduous tree that offers year-round interest, this hybrid hawthorn originated in the late nineteenth century at the Arboretum de Segrez in France. It bears clusters of mildly fetid white flowers in late spring, followed by small spherical fruits that ripen orange-red in fall. The toothed, oval, glossy dark green leaves may turn burgundy or gold tones in fall. They typically remain into winter, partially hiding the persistent fruit. The silver-gray branches are spiny on young trees; unarmed...
(Cape Lily, Ellen Bosanquet Cape Lily)
A vigorously multiplying bulbous perennial, 'Ellen Bosanquet' is a hybrid crinum loved by gardeners since its introduction in the 1920s. It is notable for its large, spicy-scented, trumpet-shaped, reddish-violet flowers that bloom through summer and for its vigorous bulb growth. The leaves are strap-shaped, wavy, and glossy. They emerge from the bulb in a tight bundle and form an arching fountain as they extend. The leafless flower stems are topped by a cluster of outward-facing flowers.
James H. Schutte
A brilliant presence in the summer garden, crocosmias are somewhat cold-tender herbaceous perennials native to South Africa. Although represented by several species in the wild, they are best known in gardens by their hybrid cultivars. In summer, spreading clumps of sword-like leaves give rise to tall, slender stems topped with arching flower spikes. The tubular orange, red or yellow flowers have six lobes that flare at the tips. Plants grow from bulb-like corms that spread by underground stolons....
James H. Schutte
(Crocosmia, Jenny Bloom Montbretia, Montbretia)
Montbretias are herbaceous perennials native to South Africa. This hybrid montbretia bears long arching wands of golden yellow flowers that open from orange buds. The six-lobed blooms, which resemble miniature daylilies, rise on long wiry stems above pleated, erect, iris-like leaves in mid and late summer. The plants grow from corms which spread by underground stolons.
Plant montbretia in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. In colder regions, plant it near...