I believe this plant was discovered by Leslie Hubricht. This blue star has the narrowest, laciest, most threadlike foliage of any amsonia species. The beautiful southern native is truly the best of the blue stars. The sky blue flowers emerge atop the foliage when it emerges in April and continue into May. The deciduous golden fall foliage is stunning! Amsonia hubrichtii makes a clump to 3' tall x 3' wide.
Dwarf Horsetail (Equisetum scirpoides var. striatum)
Actually in the ancient fern family.Dwarf Horsetail has a grass like appearance and is the least invasive species of Scouring Rush. The slender evergreen stems are hollow and jointed. Thick clumps of stems are topped with captivating spore-bearing caps. We have grown fond of this horsetail for bog and water garden combinations. Unlike it's big brothers it's 4-6" always likes to stand tall and and not bend over as much.
'Southern Gentleman' blooms relatively late in spring making it the perfect match to pollinate 'Winter Gold' and other late blooming Hollies. Plant 'Southern Gentleman' at the back of a bed where the 9' height is an asset.
One plant can pollinate several 'Winter Reds' or any other late-flowering female Hollies. See 'Winter Red' a shade tolerant female native holly. It produces loads of bright-red berries on a large plant that grows 6 to 9-feet tall and wide. This is the husband for these girls.
Who says there is no color in winter, and who needs an evergreen when you have this American Native. 'Winter Red' is a shade tolerant female native holly. It produces loads of bright-red berries on a large plant that grows 6 to 9-feet tall and wide. It does need a husband however or better several girls are happy with one ' Southern Gentleman'.
She is certainly the Queen of fruiting shrubs when ranked for ornamental value. From early fall through winter, the branches are covered in bright-red fruits. The fruiting branches are great for decoration in the garden or in the house.
These plants have multibranches, so clipping a few doesn't take away from the appearance of your mature plants. Or leave the branches for the birds since over 40 species of birds are known to eat the fruit, including: bluebirds, brown thrashers, cedar waxwings, flickers, gray catbirds, mockingbirds and robins. The dense branching also provides shelter, cover and nesting spots for birds.
Aside from the white bottlebrush-like fragrant flowers in late April to early May, Fothergilla âMount Airyâ has a wonderful multicolored display of yellows, oranges, and reds in fall. In spring and summer its foliage is deep blue green.
The medium-sized leaves resemble those of witchhazel and clothe this deciduous shrub nearly to the ground. Fothergilla âMount Airyâ thrives in full sun or part shade with regular summer watering, but the fall color will be strongest in full sun. It requires acidic soil, ideally with plenty of organic matter.
Henry Hicks Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana 'Henry Hicks'
This evergreen variety of an old Kentucky favorite makes an excellent garden plant. Plants will grow 20-30' tall with upright outline and dark, thick glossy green leaves with white undersides. Two-inch-wide, lemon-scented creamy flowers grace the plant in late spring and sporadically through the summer.
The fragrant blooms contribute significantly to the plants appeal. An excellent choice for full sun or part shade in any reasonable soil. 'Henry Hicks' is a cultivar of Magnolia virginiana var. australis . This form has survived -24Â°F unhurt. It remains evergreen down to about -17Â°F (Dirr) It grows more tree-like than other forms. The original plant was a gift to the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College.
Paniculata hydrangeas will grow and bloom in a wide variety of climates (Often hardy to Zone 3!). If your weather is too cold to support the pink and blue hydrangeas or if your landscape doesn't have much shade, consider growing one of the many types of paniculatas. North or south, we can all enjoy them. Another desirable trait of all paniculatas is their tolerance for pruning. One can prune them at any time except when they begin forming bloom heads in the summer.
The name "paniculata" comes from the fact that the blooms are usually panicle-shaped (somewhat cone shaped) rather than ball-shaped. Many paniculata blooms develop a lovely pink shade as the blooms age, extending their beauty into the fall. Paniculatas often get very large. 8-10 feet tall and wide is not unusual.
Pinky Winky Here's a Hydrangea that's hardy to Zone 4, is not bothered by pH, blooms midsummer to frost, and tolerates drought. Massive flower heads, bicolored pink and white, are held upright on strong red stems. The Royal Horticultural Society conducted a 5-year trial of 47 varieties of Hydrangea paniculata, and Pinky Winky was one of just 10 given their highest rating, an Award of Garden Merit. Imagine this as a flowering hedge.
Our friend and Memphis Designer John Griffin discovered this Gardenia on one of his many historical treasure hunts. At the abandoned, than renovated and later sadly wholesaled 'Hunt Phelan Mansion' tucked in one of the corner stood a 12 ft. specimen of this gardenia. Of course John had to have a branch. After his successful first rooted plant we took over and now can offer some of these. (Please forgive John for pilfering, we thank him).
Zone 7, where it did well for two years. Another gardenia like this one, 'Grif's Select'.
It also makes for a great single plant if you are looking for a lush evergreen in you garden. The leaves are leathery, smooth and shiny, 2-6 inch long and an inch or two wide. When crushed, they emit a characteristic anise-like odor.
We like to call them the rhododendrons for the humid south. They are not fussy about soil conditions but like a little moisture during dry spells. At freezing their leaves will hang downwards and shrivel, but like magic as temperatures rise return at once back to their lushness.
This is the most fragrant species of a group known as a whole for their superb scent. Fragrant tea olives can grow as tall as 20 to 30 feet near the coast, although they are usually smaller, particularly in the Piedmont.
Height is more often in the 10 to 12 foot range with an 8-foot width. Plants are upright when young, but can spread into a small vase-shaped tree at maturity. Fragrant tea olives will grow throughout South Carolina, but can suffer cold damage in the upper Piedmont or Mountains if temperatures in a very cold winter approach 0 °F or if during a warm winter the temperature drops rapidly to 20 °F.
Fragrant tea olive has an exceptionally long bloom period, often for 2 months during the fall, with scattered blooming through winter and into the spring. The flowers are showy, held in clusters along the stems. There are several cultivars, mostly chosen for flower color. While some are still uncommon, they are well worth the search.