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Trends in plants come and go, but if there's one that seems to have settled into the modern gardening mainstream, it's shrubs with purple foliage. I, for one, am glad. There was a time when (gasp!) I wasn't wild about plants with colorful foliage, but purple plants were my gateway, and for that, they continue to be some...
Great Design Plant: Try Blue Bells for Blooms in Dry Soil
Imagine what characteristics you would want in the perfect shrub. How about one that blooms throughout the year, loves hot temperatures but can handle cooler ones, all while needing no pruning? Would you add one to your landscape? Well, imagine no longer,...
Great Design Plant: Feathery Cassia for Fragrance in Arid Gardens
In the midst of winter, when flowers are scarce, feathery cassia becomes a focal point in the Southwestern landscape. Masses of fragrant yellow flowers cover this Australian native, which thrives in arid climates. The gray-green foliage has a...
Great Design Plant: Sea Grape, a Hardy Coastal Delight
The bright green mouse-ear leaves of the native sea grape tree make me smile. It isn’t just because sea grapes are drought tolerant and salt tolerant — or even because they help stabilize dunes. It’s the plant’s bubbly appearance and happy-go-lucky...
Great Design Plant: Curl-Leaf Mountain Mahogany, an Easy Evergreen
This native of the U.S. West has a strong presence in the landscape. Evergreen foliage cloaks a large, upright to loosely rounded form that’s perfect as a winter accent, screen or hedge in dry, cold climates. It’s a nice alternative — especially...
Great Design Plant: Valentine Bush for Heartfelt Winter Color
The deep red flowers of ‘Valentine’ start appearing in winter, when most plants have closed up shop, adding much-needed color to landscapes throughout the Southwest. Flowers begin to appear around Christmas, and blooming peaks around Valentine’s...
Great Design Plant: Winterberry Rouses Frosty Gardens
Most people have never heard of the deciduous holly called winterberry — evergreen hollies are much better known and more commonly found in residential landscapes. But for gardeners in cold climates, winterberry offers a lot. It's easy to love this...
5 Berry-licious Shrubs to Plant Now for Winter Interest
Fall and winter shrubs usually call to mind colorful autumn leaves or scented evergreen bushes. But winter berries can add just as much visual interest and color to your landscape in the winter. These shrubs are often grown for their late-season interest,...
Great Design Plant: Ogon Spirea for Radiance and Texture
I am always on the lookout for easy-care shrubs with great foliage that are drought tolerant and deer resistant. Ogon spirea is that and more — it is one of the earliest-blooming shrubs in my garden and one of the last to lose its leaves. Its...
Great Design Plant: Glossy Abelia for Year-Round Beauty
This underused shrub deserves a place in every garden. Its glossy foliage reflects light so that on a sunny day the shrub seems to be sprinkled with fairy dust. But the leaves are only part of its appeal. Fragrant flowers cover these arching canes for...
Great Design Plant: Velvety Dwarf Bottlebrush Beckons a Touch
Callistemon viminalis 'Little John' may very well be the hottest plant you've never heard of. Those of you in the subtropics may be familiar with bottlebrushes as showy trees and large shrubs, but this dwarf variety is small enough for anyone to...
Great Design Plant: Wildlife-Loving Dwarf Fothergilla Blazes in Fall
My property is certified as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, and many of the plants in it attract beneficial pollinators and support insect larvae. One of the standouts is native fothergilla, a...
Great Design Plant: Sun-Loving Bougainvillea Showers Yards With Color
The beauty of bougainvillea can hardly be overstated; its vibrant hues offer stunning color to sun-loving landscapes. This vigorous grower isn't fussy and is easy to grow as long as it gets full sun. Those who live in the warmer zones of 9 and above...
Great Design Plant: Sun-Loving Ninebark Puts on a Color Show
This highly adaptable and underused native should be a workhorse in most every sun-loving garden. Thanks to the introduction of recent cultivars, the ninebark now sports numerous foliage colors, grows large into a dramatic backdrop or more compact for...
Great Design Plant: Towering Colewort Adds Playful Drama
Imagine baby's breath (Gypsophila spp) on steroids; that's colewort. The oversize foliage and towering inflorescence evoke a fun sense of the tropics for gardeners in colder, drier climes. Colewort, also referred to as giant crambe, is a plant...
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