Gerald L. Klingaman
(Statice, Tartarian Statice)
Forming rounded rosettes of gray-green leaves with white spots, Tartarian statice produces dense, architectural flower stems that are desirable for both fresh and dried cutflower arrangements. This herbaceous perennial is native to southeastern Europe, including the highlands of the Caucasus and southern Russia.
The long, tongue-like, light gray-green leaves form a basal rosette. Though low-growing, the clumps of leaves are quite attractive in their own right. In mid to late summer, flower stems...
The wavy-petaled, fragrant white flowers of loblolly bay accentuate the dark green leaves in spring and summer. A broadleaf evergreen tree, it's native to the warm moist areas of the southeastern United States. Loblolly bay is relatively slow growing and often tall and narrow in habit. The foliage is dark green and glossy, usually narrow but oblong in shade, remaining evergreen but having the oldest leaves turning bright red in the fall before dropping. In late spring and early summer, magnificently...
Mark A. Miller
(Aussie Crawl Grevillea)
This mat-forming shrub has deeply lobed evergreen leaves and burgundy-red spring flowers. Its parentage includes Grevillea laurifolia, a prostrate species from the Blue Mountains of southeastern Australia.
The oak-like leaves of 'Aussie Crawl' are alternately borne on trailing, carpeting stems. The leaves flush bronze and mature to dark green. Toothbrush-shaped clusters of dark red flowers appear along the stems from late winter to late spring, and sometimes again in fall. Nectar-seeking...
(Canberra Gem Grevillea, Grevillea, Spider Flower)
A hybrid of unknown parentage, 'Canberra Gem' is a rounded, medium-sized evergreen shrub with fragrant, prickly, needle-like leaves and rose-pink flowers. One of the hardiest of the Grevillea tribe, it survives into USDA Hardiness Zone 8a.
The short, awl-shaped, bright green leaves of 'Canberra Gem' are densely borne on ascending, gray-green stems. Spidery clusters of purple-pink flowers appear along the stems from winter to spring, and sporadically at other seasons. Nectar-seeking...
(Grevillea, Noell Grevillea, Spider Flower)
Drought resistance, beautiful flowers, and handsome evergreen foliage combine in this small, dense, mounding shrub. It is derived from Australian species (including Grevillea rosmarinifolia) that thrive in well-drained, slightly acidic soils.
The prickly, awl-shaped, glossy green leaves of 'Noell' are densely borne on arching stems. Spidery clusters of pink and cream flowers appear along the stems in spring. Nectar-seeking insects and birds visit and pollinate the blooms. Individual...
Forest & Kim Starr
Silkoak tree is native to the subtropical rainforest regions of eastern Australia. It produces airy, green, fern-like leaves with silvery undersides and masses of golden flowers that smother the tree in mid- to late spring. The tree partially defoliates as the curled flowers open up in obvious, showy clusters. Because of its beauty, the wood of this tree is harvested and used in the furniture-making industry.
In the right conditions silkoak tree is a fast grower and excels in full sun and average,...
Michael Charters, www.calflora.net
Delicate flowers and foliage add feminine beauty to this otherwise big, burly shrub for dry, warm climates. Native to New South Wales and Victoria, Australia, rosemary-leaved grevillea thrives in well-drained, slightly acid soils. It has a large stature, upright habit and bears needle-like leaves, much like those of the herb, rosemary. The rich green foliage may become more yellow-green in extreme drought.
This is a winter bloomer, flowering off and on from fall through spring. Blossoms are...
(Climbing Raisinbush, Yellow Starflower)
Rarely grown as an ornamental but certainly worthwhile, climbing raisinbush's pretty yellow star-like flowers in summer and autumn are followed by tasty small fruits that are amber to reddish tan. A robust climbing, multi-stemmed large shrub, it is native to northeastern South Africa and southern Mozambique. The broadleaf evergreen usually is found growing near rivers and streams.
Oldest stems often become four-sided, the plant overall attaining a thicket-like, spreading tangle of weeping to...
(African Starbush, Lavender Starflower)
Lavender starflower is a stately broadleaf evergreen with an irregularly tiered, upright habit that displays starry mauve or lavender flowers spring through fall. It is a native of southern Africa with a tolerance for wind, seasonally dry and wet soils, and salt. The alluring flowers arise in between the leaves. Occasionally orange fruits develop that will ripen to purple. Nectar-seeking insects and birds will frequent this shrub while in flower.
Lavender starflower grows well in full sun to...
(Giant Rhubarb, Poorman's Umbrella)
The massive leaves of poorman's umbrella can truly be used as make-shift shelters if one were caught in a subtropical rainstorm. They are unbelievably large reaching up to 6-feet (2-meters) across! This herbaceous tender perennial is native to the cool, moist mountain rainforest of southern Central America.
Growing from a rhizome, poorman's umbrella sends up upright green stems each topped with a rounded, ruffled leaf. The huge leaf stems, or petioles, are covered with somewhat hairy red scales...