(Remote Wood Fern)
Remote wood fern is a rare and fertile natural hybrid of Dryopteris affinis and D. expansa. Found growing in the subalpine forests along streams in central Europe and western Asia, its semi-evergreen green fronds arise from an erect rhizome and have a golden brown center.
Like other ferns, it does well in a shady location with moist soil and protected from winds. A large sweeping mass of remote woody ferns would be magnificent under tall woodland trees, or incorporated among...
Carol Cloud Bailey
(Golden Dewdrop, Skyflower)
Golden dewdrop is a vigorous large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical America. Drooping clusters of tubular, lilac-blue flowers appear as long as growing conditions are favorable and attract butterflies. Dangling chains of orange-yellow fruits succeed the flowers. The dainty toothed leaves are rich-green and glossy. Branches may or may not have thorns. The overall shape is weeping when mature.
This shrub does best in well-drained average soil and full to partial sun. In frost free zones...
(Picotee Skyflower, Sapphire Showers Skyflower, Skyflower)
The pretty picotee flowers of this colorful tropical shrub are violet-blue and white.
Golden dewdrop is a vigorous large broadleaf evergreen shrub native to tropical America. The cultivar ‘Sapphire Showers’ has drooping clusters of tubular violet-blue flowers with white edges. These appear when growing conditions are favorable and attract butterflies. Dangling chains of orange-yellow fruits succeed the flowers. The dainty toothed evergreen leaves are rich green and glossy. The branches are...
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The dense mat of gray-green and white foliage created by silver carpet is its most notable feature. In its native South Africa, this low, mat-forming perennial naturally resides in the Western Cape Province of Southern Overberg. There it can be found along sandy coastal flats. It withstands both heat and drought, so it has quickly become a popular garden plant in areas with drier landscapes, like the American southwest. Its short, narrow leaves are gray-green above and downy white underneath. Yellow...
Texas ebony is an evergreen large shrub to small tree native to southern Texas and northern Mexico. The leaves are twice-divided and feather-like, each leaflet thick, oval to elliptical, glossy, very dark green above and paler below. The branches are slightly zigzag and hold small black spines at the base of each leaf. Interesting bark is red-brown when young and scaly gray when mature. The summer flowers are fluffy, round with many stamens and white to yellow in color. Long pods follow the flowers,...
Crazy Pink coneflower (cultivar 'Adam Saul') is a hardy, prolific perennial that often has dozens upon dozens of flowers open at one time. Its fragrant blooms have a large, orange central disk accentuated by true pink petals that point downward.
Big Sky coneflowers all attract bees and butterflies and provide seeds for hungry birds in the fall and winter months. Use these perennials in flower borders, en masse in landscape beds, in meadow or in a sunny container.
They grow best full to partial...
James H. Schutte
(Hybrid Coneflower, Orange Meadowbrite™ Coneflower)
This beautiful clump-forming perennial was the first orange-colored hybrid coneflower and inspired a flood of new colors to the Echinacea palette. The parents of this hybrid, Echinacea purpurea ’Alba’ and Echinacea paradoxa, are North American in origin and naturally inhabit prairies and grasslands. Orange Meadowbright™ was bred by Jim Ault of The Chicago Botanic Garden.
The plants have semi-glossy lance-shaped green leaves that are sparser than those of purple coneflower....
James H. Schutte
A compact, prolifically blooming purple coneflower, this Chicago Botanic Garden introduction is a hybrid of three echinacea species. For many weeks in summer, this hardy herbaceous perennial bears medium-sized daisies with perky horizontally held rose-pink petals surrounding a large orange-brown "cone." The blooms draw flocks of butterflies. The petals drop after withering, leaving the seed-bearing cone. The rough, lance-shaped, dark green leaves are narrower than those of "standard" purple coneflowers....