How to Grow and Care for Elaeagnus


Elaeagnus or eleagnus, is a genus of over 50 recognized species of flowering, ornamental shrubs. This plant commonly grows in gardens in the Northern Hemisphere, in America, and in Asia. These perennial shrubs, also known as the silverberry, are grown as ornamental trees to create a windbreak or hedge. There are both deciduous and evergreen … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Escallonia


The Escallonia genus includes around 50 recognized species of both shrubs and trees. Native to both North and South America, most of the species, as well as their numerous cultivars and hybrids, are evergreen plants.  These perennials are often grown in gardens, for use as a screen or hedging shrub.  History Escallonia grows wild and … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Esperanza


Esperanza is a multi-stemmed plant that can be grown as a perennial in warmer regions, or as an annual elsewhere. If grown as a perennial, and during mild winters, the esperanza is an evergreen plant.  Esperanza is very popular as a garden bush in Texas, and it has many common names such as yellow trumpet, … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Eugenia


Eugenia is a very large genus of evergreen, flowering shrubs with over a thousand recognized species. Native to South America, the most commonly grown eugenia species, Eugenia uniflora is often used to create privacy screens and garden hedges. This perennial, a member of the myrtle family, is distributed widely in both the Tropics and sub-Tropics, … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Euonymus


Euonymus is a genus of flowering shrubs with recognized species and very many common names. Most of the species are native to Eastern Asia, but this plant commonly grows also in many parts of Europe, America, Africa, and Australia.  This perennial, which can be deciduous or evergreen, is commonly known as the spindle tree and … Read more

How to Grow and Care for False Forsythia

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White forsythia, also known as false forsythia, is not as well-known as the ubiquitous yellow forsythia. Whilst yellow forsythia is a very common sight in gardens, false forsythia is much more unusual.  False forsythias, like yellow forsythias, are deciduous shrubs and both are members of the Olive family, but they are not in the same … Read more

How to Grow and Care for False Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifolia)

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False spirea or false spiraea is a species of flowering plant in the sorbaria genus of shrubs. Native to parts of Asia, this plant was later introduced to Europa and North America.  False spirea now commonly grows in gardens as an ornamental, producing clusters of showy white flowers in the Summer.  This deciduous perennial has … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Firebush (Hamelia patens)


The firebush or Hamelia patens is a perennial shrub that is native to Florida and to other regions in both the Tropics and the Subtropics of America. As well as firebush, this plant is also commonly referred to as hummingbird bush, scarlet bush, and redhead.  This perennial plant can grow as a shrub or small … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Firespike


Firespike is a perennial that is particularly showy, bearing upright panicles of vivid red flowers.  In warmer regions, the flowers appear almost year-round.  It is grown as a container plant in cooler regions, where it can be brought indoors during the cooler months. Firespike is native to the southern regions of North America and is … Read more

How to Grow and Care for Firethorn


Known just as well as pyracantha, firethorn is a very tough and resilient shrub that will thrive with minimal care, once it is established. Firethorn is grown for its evergreen foliage and berries. Although it produces clusters of small white flowers in the Spring, these smell unpleasant. Firethorn is primarily cultivated for the masses of … Read more