Lesser calamint is an aromatic perennial native to northern temperate regions, primarily southern and central Europe, northwest Africa and the Crimea. It is slow growing with an upright habit and shallow-toothed, hairy green leaves. The flowers are light-mauve to almost white held in open sprays and are attractive to bees.
Lesser calamint prefers moist to dry, well-drained soil conditions. Full sun to partial shade is acceptable. It would be a nice perennial addition to a mixed border, rockery...
James H. Schutte
(Calamint, White-flowered Calamint)
A selection of lesser Calamint, ‘White Cloud,’ blooms with flowers that are closer to white than those of the parent species, an aromatic perennial native to northern temperate regions, primarily southern and central Europe, northwest Africa and the Crimea. It is slow growing with upright, closely-spaced, leafy stems that bear shallow-toothed, hairy, aromatic, green leaves. The flowers are trumpet-shaped, light-mauve to almost white, and held on tall, slender stems in open, branched sprays. They...
(Ground Orchid, Japanese Hardy Calanthe Orchid)
One of the most widespread garden orchids cultivated in mild-temperate landscapes, Calanthe discolor is remarkably easy to grow! A semi-hardy terrestrial orchid that grows from pseudobulbs, it is fully deciduous in winter. It hails from woodlands across southern Japan where it forms pleasing clumps of foliage.
In spring, the new bright green leaves emerge from the firm pseudobulbs. The large, oval leaves unfurl to show pleated leaves of light medium green. A stem rises from the each...
Chilean in origin, pocketbook flower produces perfect bulb-pouched yellow flowers dotted and streaked with maroon. The moderately cold-tolerant plant naturally inhabits moist, cool uplands with full to partial sun. In the garden, it is best grown as a bedding annual for containers and border edges. This species is parent to many Calceolaria hybrids cultivated today.
The simple green leaves of pocketbook flower are bright green and can remain semi-evergreen where winters are mild and...
With skin-cutting, thread-like leaves that protrude from a rounded stump called a caudex, Mexican boulder also produces a pink flower spike. A evergreen succulent that resembles a tuft of wiregrass, it is native to north central Mexico.
The long, thing leaf blades are glossy and rigid even though they arch or flop as they lengthen. Colored blue-green to shades of gray, these leaves arise in tufts all over the rounded, fattended stem called a caudex, which looks like a rock. Plants are dioecious,...
(Fairyduster, Mock Mesquite)
Grown (and named) for its delicate and unusual winter blooms, fairyduster is a low, spreading, deciduous shrub from the southwestern United States and Northwest Mexico, where it grows in dry washes and gullies at low to middle altitudes. Gray, twiggy, often sprawling stems with small, alternating, pinnately compound leaves give rise to powderpuff heads of pink stamens in late winter and early spring. Their nectar attracts hummingbirds and other polllinators. Silvery seed pods follow the flowers....
The arching branches and unusual violet purple berries of American beautyberry are the main selling points of this hardy deciduous shrub. Native to southeastern America from Texas across to Maryland, this interesting wild shrub is similar to Asian beautyberry species but has a rougher, more informal look. Mature specimens are large, bushy and develop either a horizontal or upright habit. Native populations exist in open woods and thickets.
American beautyberry has long arching stems lined with...
Gerald L. Klingaman
This is the naturally occurring white berried form of the normally violet purple berried American beautyberry. Native to southeastern America from Texas across to Maryland, this interesting wild shrub is similar to Asian beautyberry species but has a rougher, more informal look. Mature specimens are large, bushy and develop either a horizontal or upright habit. Native populations exist in open woods and thickets.
White American beautyberry has long arching stems lined with soft pale green leaves...
Developing clusters of violet-pink berries late in the season, Bodinier beautyberry is a somewhat rangy, bushy deciduous shrub ideal for informal garden plantings. Native to the open forests and fields of China, it produces subtle lavender-pink flowers from early to midsummer and loads of vibrant berries from late-summer to early winter.
The dull green leaves of this shrub are oval, tapered and have slightly toothed edges. In midsummer, hundreds of tiny lavender-pink flower clusters line the...
James H. Schutte
(Beautyberry, Profusion Beautyberry)
This is one spectacular beautyberry! The arching boughs of 'Profusion' become weighted by the vibrant violet-pink berries that light up the late season garden. Sometimes listed under the name Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldi, it is a bit more compact than standard Bodinier beautyberry and has a more uniform vase-shaped habit.
Developing branched clusters of purplish-pink berries late in the season, Bodinier beautyberry is a somewhat rangy, bushy deciduous shrub ideal for informal...