Growing Purple Leaf Sand Cherry Shrub

Close up view of white and red blossoms and buds on a purple leaf sand cherry bush (prunus cistena.

Thanks to its massive popularity, the Rosaceae family has seen a lot of expansion over time to include just about every shape, size, and color imaginable. The famous cherry hybrid

Escallonia Plant Shrub Care Methods

Flowering Escallonia shrub

Escallonia [es-kuh-LOW-nee-uh] is a genus of flowering shrubs containing several dozen species.  Most varieties of escallonia shrubs are cultivated as hedging plants.  Escallonias are part of the Escalloniaceae family, which

How To Grow Hawthorne Tree

Red berries of the Hawthorn shrub

Commonly known as Hawthorn, Crataegus (krah-TEE-Gus) is a genus from the Rosaceae family and related to the: Cotoneaster Flowering Almond Red Tip Photinia The genus comprises several hundred species of shrubs and trees native

How To Care For Sweet Box Plant

Flowering sweet box plant

Sarcococca confusa [sar-koh-KOH-kuh, kon-FEW-suh] belongs to the Buxaceae (box) family of plants.  As with other plants in the box family, the sweet box plant is an evergreen shrub with thick

Tips On Leucothoe Axillaris Care

Leucothoe Axillaris Coastal Doghobble

Leucothoe Axillaris (loo-KOH-thoh-ee, ax-ILL-ar-iss) is an evergreen shrub and belongs to the Ericaceae family along with Calluna Vulgaris.  The broadleaf evergreen is indigenous to the eastern U.S. and is widely

Caring For Hebe Plants

Purple blooms of the Hebe plant

Hebe [HEE-bee] is a genus of plants found throughout New Zealand, French Polynesia, and parts of South America.  The genus includes close to 100 different species, all of which appear

How To Care For Mirror Plants

Attractive Mirror Plant

Found in the coastal regions of New Zealand, Coprosma repens [kop-ROS-muh, REE-penz] is an attractive evergreen shrub with white and green leaves.  It’s part of the Rubiaceae family of plants

How To Care For Edgeworthia Plants

Flowering Edgeworthia (paper bush)

Edgewrothia [edj-WOR-thee-uh] is a flowering plant genus in the Thymelaeaceae family and native to the woodlands of the China and Himalayas and widely cultivated in Japan to create their banknotes.

Learn How To Grow Copper Leaf Acalypha

acalypha wilkesiana (copper plant)

The Copper leaf plant, botanically called Acalypha wilkesiana [ak-uh-LY-fuh, wilk-see-AY-nuh], is an evergreen subtropical shrub.  This colorful Acalypha plant along with its cousin the chenille plant belongs to Acalyphinae a

Tips On Chinese Perfume Plant Care

Blooming Chinese Perfume Plant (Aglaia Odorata)

Aglaia odorata [ah-GLAY-uh, oh-dor-AH-tuh] is a large shrub belonging to the Meliaceae or mahogany family.  This pretty, fragrant perennial plant hails from: Cambodia Indonesia Myanmar Thailand Vietnam Taiwan China Laos

How To Care For Calycanthus Occidentalis

blooming calycanthus occidentalis (spice bush)

Calycanthus Occidentalis [kal-ee-KAN-thus, ok-sih-den-TAY-liss] has a difficult name to pronounce. Most people simply call it the spicebush.  Other common names include: Carolina sweet shrub Carolina spicebush Carolina allspice The spicebush is

Caring For Flowering Almond

blooms of the flowering Almond (Prunus Triloba)

Prunus triloba [PROO-nus, try-LO-buh], belongs to the Rosaceae (Rose) family and comes from China.  It’s become a popular ornamental plant due to its pale pink or white flowers and red

Leucothoe Plants: Growing | Maintenance | Care Tips

Flowering Leucothoe Plant

Leucothoe [Loo-KOH-thoh-ee] is a genus of broadleaf evergreen flowering plants, belonging to the family Ericaceae along with Calluna vulgaris.  This genus has around 50 different species, including Leucothoe Fontanesiana and Leucothoe Axillaris.

Red Tip Photinia Shrub Growing And Care

Attractive foliage of the Red Tip Photinia Shrub

Red tip photinia [foh-TIN-nee-uh] is a hybrid photinia from the family Rosaceae developed by crossing Photinia glabra and Photinia serratifolia – the popular Japanese and Chinese photinia species respectively. Red

Waxflower [Chamaelaucium Uncinatum] Growing And Care

Blooms of the Chamelaucium uncinatum

Chamaelaucium Uncinatum [kam-ay-LAU-see-um, un-sin-AY-tum], alternatively spelled as Chamelaucium uncinatum, known as the wax flower is a flowering shrub from the myrtle family Myrtaceae. Other plants in the Myrtaceae family include:

How To Grow and Care For Cistus Purpureus

Flowering Cistus purpureus

Cistus purpureus [SIS-tus, pur-PUR-ee-us] are perennial evergreen shrubs hailing from the Mediterranean, Lebanon, Portugal, and southern Europe.  These plants belong to the family Cistaceae.  You may also hear them referred

How To Grow and Care For Loropetalum Chinense

Flowers of the Loropetalum Chinense (Chinese Fringe Flower)

The Chinese Fringe Flower or Loropetalum chinense [lor-oh-PET-al-um, chi-NEN-see] is one of the most visually pleasing plants for the landscape. Native to China, Japan, and other parts of Southeast Asia, this flowering

Learn Philadelphus Lewisii Care [Mock Orange]

Blooms of the mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii)

Philadelphus Lewisii [Fil-uh-DEL-fuss, Lew-ISS-ee-eye] is a deciduous shrub from the family Hydrangeaceae (Hydrangea).  This plant is native to North America, east to Montana and Idaho, north to southern British Columbia, and northwest California. The Philadelphus Lewisii var Gordonianus is widespread, yet uncommon as it typically appears

Cistus Ladanifer Plant Care: How To Grow Gum Rockrose

Flowers of the Cistus Ladanifer

Cistus ladanifer l. [SIS-tus, lad-AN-ee-fer] is a flowering evergreen shrub from the family Cistaceae and native to the western Mediterranean region. Some of the various common names for Cistus ladanifer include: Gum rockrose Laudanum Labdanum

Streptosolen Jamesonii Care: Learning To Grow Marmalade Bush

Blooming marmalade bush (Streptosolen jamesonii)

Streptosolen jamesonii [strep-toh-SOH-len, jay-mess-OWN-ee-eye] is a monotypic genus of flowering plants belonging to the Solanaceae family along with Nicotiana alata and Calibrachoa (million bells). Previously, the plant was placed within the Browallia genus

Topiary Trees – The Lost Art of Pruning

Visitors to theme parks like Disney World will get to seize the opportunity to view firsthand some of the world’s finest examples of topiary trees and shrubs. For the ancient,

How To Train A Butterfly Bush Tree

I have always loved to see plants “trained” into a small butterfly bush, especially when they are plants we don’t normally see grown as trees. Plants like a standard lantana tree

A Guide to Different Types of Garden Shrubs

Among the bewildering lists of shrubs, certain names stand out as new and unusual, or, on the other hand, tried and familiar. These include both the evergreen shrubs and deciduous