19 Dec

Small and Evergreen Flowering Tree: Arbutus unedo

The plant in this picture is Arbutus unedo – a lovely, evergreen, compact tree which is highly regarded by gardeners for its ornamental value. This small tree grows up to 10 meters, branches gracefully and produces deep green foliage. Small white or pink flowers appear in autumn. These bell-shaped flowers not only add to the […]

11 Apr

Compact, Evergreen Tropical Shrub: Breynia disticha, the Snow Bush

Breynia disticha or Snow Bush, as it is commonly known among gardeners, is a compact and evergreen shrub from tropical climates across the Americas, Africa, the Indian Sub-continent and Australia. However, it is easily cultivated in colder climates as well. Breynia disticha makes an excellent plant for borders where it grows as a small shrub […]

14 Jan

Evergreen Shrub for Lovely Gardens: Carissa carandas

Carissa carandas is an evergreen shrub from the Indian subcontinent where it grows widely in Pakistan, India and other tropical and sub-tropical plains of the region. The plant has been grown in the entire region for a long time for its fruits which has many medicinal and culinary uses. Besides its fruits, Carissa carandas also […]

22 Oct

Evergreen Shrub with Turquoise Flowers: Tweedia caerulea

Tweedia caerulea is an interesting twinning perennial from South America. This evergreen subshrub grows up to 1 meter or more and produces delicate flowers of turquoise color. The beautiful flowers give the plant many names like Southern Star, Heavenborn, Little Blue Star, and Blue Flowered Milkweed. Tweedia caerulea prefers full to partial sun and regular […]

02 Jul

Lovely, Evergreen Bush: Hamelia patens, the Firebush

Hamelia is a genus of evergreen shrubs and small trees from the family of Ixora, and like Ixora it makes an flowering bush for gardens and landscapes. The genus is perhaps best represented by  Hamelia patens, which is widely grown in hedges, borders and as an accent plant. It is an easily grown bush that […]

04 Jun

Evergreen Foliage Plant for Landscape Designs: Phormium

Phormium is a genus of evergreen perennials from swampy lands of New Zealand where it has been an important part of culture and history of indigenous Maori people. For a very long time, Maori people have been using it as a medicinal plant as well as an excellent source of strong fiber that they used […]

23 May

Evergreen, Tropical Shade Tree: Schinus, Pepper Tree

Schinus is a genus of ornamental trees and shrubs from tropical and subtropical climates, mainly from South America. Plants in this genus are known for their fine evergreen foliage, ability to survive drought and strong winds, and ornamental fruit. Most species in the genus of Schinus grow into tall and shady trees which are rich […]

10 May

Lovely and Colorful Shrub for Evergreen Gardens: Nandina domestica

Nandina domestica is an evergreen and easy-to-grow shrub that changes many colors throughout the year – green in summer, pink with new foliage in spring, and red in autumn and winter. These colorful glossy leaves really add to the ornamental value of this plant. Commonly known as Heavenly Bamboo (though it is not related to […]

02 May

Lovely and Evergreen Ground Cover: Dichondra repens

Remember my earlier post about growing a lush green lawn and another about ornamental grasses to try in your garden? Today, I am introducing quite an unusual plant that you can use as alternative of common grasses for an evergreen and lush lawn – it is Dichondra repens. Dichonrda repens is a low growing, and […]

11 Apr

Evergreen Flowering Tree: Calpurnia aurea, The Wild Laburnum

Calpurnia is a small genus of shrubs and trees from the family of Fabaceae – which is the family of many popular genera of flowering trees like Cassia, Wisteria, Robinia and Mimosa. Like its cousins, Calpurnia is known for its prolific flowering habit and ornamental foliage. Among popular species of this genus, the most commonly […]