Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ One of our favorite perennial plants to recommend for shaded areas of the garden are Ajuga. This week we will take a look at Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’. This variety has lovely tri-colored leaves that change over time, depending on the season. When the leaves first appear in spring, they are mostly green, creamy white, with a touch of pinkish rose. As the seasons progress, the more mature leaves turn a deep burgundy-bronze and the new leaves a
This week we focus on a beautiful evergreen perennial shrub that is native to New Zealand. Uniquely glossy foliage of various colors and variegation patterns has earned Coprosma repens the common name of ‘Mirror Plant’. Here at Clearwater Color Nursery we are growing a series known as ‘Plum Hussey’. These plants display eye catching foliage of both bright green and burgundy colors. Younger growth leaves are brighter green while older leaves are primarily burgundy with hints o
This hardy southwestern Texas native shrub offers lovely shape and color wherever it grows. Relative to some of its cousins in the Penstemon genus, P. baccharifolius remains compact reaching roughly 1.5 feet in height and width. Thick, glossy, dark green leaves with serrate edges grow from woody stems year-round. From late Spring into Summer, terminal spikes give rise to bell shaped flowers that are mostly coral pink with a hint of white in the center. Hummingbirds, bees, and
For those of us hoping to add captivating color, shape, and texture to our landscapes during this warm, dry summer, the succulent perennial known as Mangave may be just what we are searching for. A cross between Manfreda and Agave, Mangaves present a variety of unique colors and forms. Many types display spotted, wavy foliage due to the Manfreda parentage. Foliage color and spotting are richer and more dramatic when planted outside in full sun. The durable rosette form of Man
This week we look at a beautiful perennial subshrub of the Mint family. Teucrium ackermannii forms a low, densely packed mound of soft, silvery grey foliage. It has a spreading growth habit, reaching 1-2 feet in width and 4 inches in height. Beginning in the Spring season, large buds give rise to profuse light pink blooms that attract bees and other beneficial pollinators. According to The New Sunset Western Garden Book, Teucrium thrives in full sun and moderate watering. T.