James H. Schutte
A small, slow-growing deciduous tree from western and central Asia, quince has long been cultivated for its tasty fruits, its lovely spring flowers, and its picturesque multi-trunked habit. The cultivar 'Smyrna' bears large, white-fleshed, pear-shaped fruits.
The simple oblong-oval leaves flush light green in spring, soon followed by large, five-petaled, white or pale pink blossoms that are visited by bees. The leaves mature to dull medium green with fuzzy, paler undersides. The fuzzy-skinned...
(Candelabrum Cactus, Cane Cholla, Cardenche , Tree Cholla)
Large, beautifully colored flowers make this tree-like, cold-hardy cactus an excellent candidate for arid gardens. Tree or cane cholla is noted for having the most northerly range of any other Cylindropuntia. It is found at middle to high elevations in Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, West Texas and Kansas, and also extends southward into Mexico.
Tree cholla is composed of short, gray-green stems, either cylindrical or slightly club-shaped. Each areole contains 5 to 30 wickedly barbed...
Forest & Kim Starr
Bermuda grass is a fine textured plant native to southern Asia, most likely India. However it is naturalized throughout the warm, humid, subtropical and tropical areas of the world. The small, lance-shaped leaves are usually dark green to gray green and emerge from a loose sheath folded maturing to a flat form. Bermuda grass spreads by scaly rhizomes (underground stems) and flattened stolons (above ground lateral stems). Both the rhizomes and stolons are heavily branched, root at the nodes and produce...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Native to upland woods throughout eastern and central North America, this large, attractive, clump-forming perennial is now rare or extinct over much of the northern part of its range. It is also rare in gardens.
Basal rosettes of large, oval, fuzzy leaves give rise in late spring to clusters of small, pale blue, funnel-shaped flowers on stout, hairy, knee-high (or taller) stems. Small, bristly, bur-like fruits ripen in midsummer. Plants from northern populations (var. boreale) are...
(Nut Sedge, Yellow Nut Sedge)
Gardeners who have run across this noxious perennial or annual weed know just how obnoxious it is. Nut sedge spreads aggressively if allowed to take hold because it's tough as nails and spreads via fast-growing rhizomes (underground roots and stems). To make matters worse, it also produces tuberous nutlets that remain behind when the weed is pulled and grow into whole new plants. This pervasive weed can be found in North Temperate and subtropical regions across the globe, so most will meet up with...
(Black Titi, He Huckleberry, Leatherwood, Swamp Titi)
Fragrant white flowers and glossy green leaves make the swamp titi a worthwhile shrub for the garden, although rarely used. Native to the swamps of the southeastern United States, from Virginia to Florida, it suckers from its roots to form broad thickets. A plant looks sprawling and spreading, with an open habit with bent and contorted branches. In mild winter areas it is mostly evergreen, but is fully deciduous where the winters provide subfreezing temperatures.
The long, tongue-like leaves...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Japanese Hollyfern, Japanese Netvein Hollyfern)
Japanese holly fern is an evergreen to deciduous fern with fronds that are glossy and dark green with toothed edges resembling holly. Large spore structures are visible on the undersides of fronds.
Grow in average to fertile, moist but well-drained soil with humus in shade or part shade. Make sure not to plant too deeply. Where evergreen, Japanese Holly fern makes a rich, green groundcover in winter and summer. Holly fern is also an interesting specimen plant and makes an excellent houseplant....
James H. Schutte
(Hollyfern, Japanese Netvein Hollyfern)
Japanese netvein holly fern is an evergreen to deciduous fern with fronds that are glossy and dark green with deeply cut edges resembling holly. 'Rochfordianum' leaflets have jagged leaf margins, giving it a fringed appearance. Large spore structures are visible on the undersides of fronds.
Grow in average to fertile, moist but well-drained soil with humus in shade or part shade. Where evergreen, Japanese Holly fern makes a rich, green groundcover in winter and summer. Holly fern is also an interesting...
(Broom, Lena Broom)
Lena broom is lower growing and less aggressive than its Scotch broom cousins. Broom is a semi-evergreen shrub that is valued for its profusion of large, fragrant, pea flowers and named for its numerous, bright green, upright and arching branches and stems that resemble sweeping-brooms. This cultivar produces sprays of lemony-yellow flowers with ruby red from mid-spring through mid-summer that are highly attractive to bees. The flowers turn to hairy-edged green pods in fall, then mature to black...