Virtues: We love American cranberry bush for its rich green foliage and the charming clusters of tiny, white flowers that bloom through late spring, later revealing small, cranberry-red berries in fall.
Virtues: We love Agave ellemetiana for the lush, waxy, green leaves that arch away from each other, creating a display of bold color and eye-catching form.
Virtues: We love Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Nana’ for its leathery, rich, deep green leaves that rest upon gracefully arched stems, transforming into stunning shades of purple, red, bronze and burgundy in fall through winter. Clusters of perfumed white flowers bloom in …
Virtues: We love Forsythia ‘Arnold Dwarf’ for the stunning, vivid yellow tubular flowers that bloom in early spring and for its naturally compact size, which makes it a good groundcover shrub.
Virtues: We love golden barrel cacti for their plump, rounded form textured with sharp ribs that bear bright, yellow spines. These globular plants bloom in summer with vibrant yellow flowers.
The day I visited Storm King Art Center, landscape architect and consultant Darrel Morrison led a group of us on a tour of the native meadow grasses that are so much a part of this world-famous sculpture park in the Hudson …
Virtues: We love ‘Autumn Magic’ black chokeberry for its small, round dark purple to black berries in the fall and its white petals in the spring.
Virtues: We love ‘Northwind’ switchgrass SO much it has made our list for a second time. It has a great fall and winter interest thanks to its bright off-season foliage and fluffy seed heads. It is tall and narrow, perfect as …
Bloomin’ Tales: Seven Favorite Wildflower Legends by Cherie Foster Colburn Illustrations by Joy Fisher Hein 65 pages Bright Sky Press, 2012 List price: $9.95 Legends seem to have a universal appeal to children, even when deep down they may know …
Virtues: Red Pearl lingonberry is a close relative of blueberry bushes (all are in the genus Vaccinium). It works well as a groundcover and produces edible red berries. Even without a distinct fruit or vegetable garden, you can grow fruit …
This is a tree with a compact size that makes it easy to showcase and multiple seasons of interest.