For the border or for containers, these architecturally bold plants are worth knowing – particularly if you live in Zones 9 – 11. One of the nice things about this genus is that the taller growing ones; Cordyline australis and its’many cultivars, make excellent palm-like trees, taking up little space in the small garden but giving you that exotic, tropical feel.
Here’s an incredibly gorgeous and useful ground cover that will definitely make your friends and neighbors jealous when it’s in flower! Crassula multicava belongs on a short list of best succulents to use especially where other sun-loving ground covers won’t grow.
If you’re like a lot of people… you know the aloe plant as an indoor plant growing on window sills, small and cute succulents with fleshy leaves. Best known of all is the Aloe vera plant, trusted for its healing properties for sunburn, bites, minor cuts and skin irritations.
The nice thing about Billbergia is that is it an extremely tough plant. It makes an excellent container plant, which you can grow as a house plant, OR, outdoors if you live in a mild climate.
If you live in Northern California, like me, or another mild or Mediterranean climate, you can get the year going (in winter) with purple flowering vines and enjoy more blooms EVERY seasons to come.
Oh no not again. It’s that time of summer when my horticultural leanings get swayed towards a favorite plant, and for the week of July 4th, it’s lavender. Are you a lavender-lover too? It’s definitely a perennial/shrub/herb to get behind, especially because you can treat SOME lavender species as a perennial in zones that go well below freezing.
Creeping fig vine (Ficus pumila) is one of my favorite evergreen vines and a useful plant choice for so many situations.
In this case, take a look at the two photos where creeping fig grows along brick stairs; it’s a nice detail where plant and architecture marry. One of the reasons it works so well…?
Spurge, otherwise known as Euphorbia, is that cool plant you can have just one of or you can get the bug and try out several species. The ones on spotlight here are some of the most popular shrub and ground cover types readily available to buy.
There is something so lovely about a hillside garden that emulates the natural scene so much so that it provides tranquility and beauty in all seasons, and absolute vibrancy when flowers peak to create sweeps of color or mosaic-like splendor.
This little pink cigar plant (Cuphea cyanea) is cute as can be. My Iphone 5 did an okay job getting some photos in the harsh afternoon light. What drew my to this plant, located in a Sausalito, California garden, was walking by and noting a drift of color…