A popular woodland groundcover, sweet woodruff is a low-growing, herbaceous perennial native to Europe, North Africa and Russia. This fast-growing plant displays tiny, white, star-shaped flowers in late spring to mid-summer. Its attractive whorls of bright green leaves have a distinctive sweet taste when they first emerge in spring and are used to flavor May wine, a popular herbal wine enjoyed in Germany. Only newly unfurled foliage may be used for this purpose. Sweet woodruff grows best in sites...
(Rain-of-Gold, Spray-of-Gold, Thryallis)
Rain-of-Gold is a large, evergreen shrub native to eastern Mexico and Central America. The leaves are opposite on the stems, light green to bluish, smooth or waxy and elliptical to lance-shaped with two visible glands at the base. The yellow flowers are borne on terminal racemes or un-branched flowerstalks. The shrubs bear some flowers year ‘round with a heavier bloom in summer. The flower petals drop completely once the ovary is fertilized and are followed by interesting three part seed capsules....
James H. Schutte
(Cape Hyacinth , Summer Hyacinth)
Admired for its delightful summer display of fragrant white flowers, this winter-dormant perennial bulb from eastern South Africa is also remarkable for its cold-hardiness.
The fleshy underground bulbs give rise to thick, light- to medium-green, strap- to lance-shaped basal leaves that are erect or arching. In mid to late summer, tall, steeple-shaped clusters of nodding, white, green-tinged bell-flowers are borne atop waist-high, leafless stalks. The flowers expand from green buds, with the...
(Berg Lily, Drakensberg Lily, Summer Hyacinth)
The South African berg lily bears summer spikes of lightly fragrant, drooping white flowers. A seasonal summer bulb from the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, it is quite rare in cultivation but very beautiful.
The fleshy, light to gray-green leaves of this Galtonia are strap- to lance-shaped and may be held erect or gracefully arch. In late summer, depending on mildness of climate, leafless stalks rise and bear light green flower buds that open to show pendent, white flowers...
(Green Cape Hyacinth, Green-flowered Summer Hyacinth)
Particularly loved because of its midsummer floral display on arching stems, green cape hyacinth bears flower spikes of drooping tubular pale green flowers with a faint fragrance. A dormant to semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial from Lesotho and South Africa, it grows from bulbs.
The fleshy, medium to gray-green leaves are broad and lance-shaped. In midsummer or late summer, depending on mildness of climate, leafless stalks rise, arch and bear light green flower buds that open to pendent light...
(Cape Jessamine, Gardenia)
Best known for its lush foliage, rounded habit and wonderfully fragrant flowers, this East Asian native is a superb evergreen shrub for warmer climate gardens. Its neat, dense form and glossy, dark green leaves provide landscape interest year round. From late spring to summer it produces many large, waxy, ivory flowers whose powerful fragrance permeates the garden. Flowers may be single, semi-double or double depending on the cultivar. Dwarf, cold-hardy, and variegated cultivars are also available....
(Cape Jessamine, Gardenia)
Aimee Yoshida gardenia is a large, densely- foliaged shrub that produces perhaps the largest fragrant double-flowers of all gardenias. The glossy green leaves of this native of China, Taiwan and Japan are attractive and a beautiful companion to the blossoms. From late spring to summer it produces many large, waxy, ivory flowers with an intoxicating fragrance. Occasionally a sporadic flowering may occur in late summer or fall.
Acidic, evenly moist soils with excellent drainage and fertility are...
(August Beauty Cape Jasmine, Cape Jessamine, Gardenia)
Vigorous and heavy blooming, ‘August Beauty’ is a particularly nice selection of common gardenia. This medium-sized evergreen shrub originates from China, Taiwan and Japan. Its neat, bushy habit and glossy, dark green leaves provide landscape interest all season. From summer to fall it produces especially large, waxy, highly perfumed, ivory flowers. These are doubled and rose-like in appearance, and their sweet fragrance is so pungent it can be detected from afar.
Acidic, moist soils with good...
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(Belmont Gardenia, Cape Jessamine, Gardenia)
Best known for its lush foliage, rounded habit and wonderfully fragrant flowers, common gardenia is a superb cold-tender evergreen shrub native to East Asia. One of the best gardenia cultivars for indoor culture, 'Belmont' (also known as 'Hadley') has exceptionally large leaves and rose-like semi-double ivory-colored flowers that fade to yellow. Flowers appear from late spring to summer and occasionally into fall. The dense glossy dark foliage provides year-round interest.
Acidic, evenly moist...
(Candle Light Gardenia, Cape Jasmine, Gardenia)
Best known for its lush foliage, rounded habit and wonderfully fragrant flowers, common Gardenia is a superb cold-tender evergreen shrub native to East Asia. The cultivar 'Candle Light' has fully double white flowers and exceptionally dark foliage. The large, waxy flowers appear from late spring to late summer or early fall. The dense glossy foliage provides year-round interest.
Acidic, evenly moist soils with good drainage are crucial for plant health and successful blooming. Common gardenia...