Every time I pass by the containers in the Isabel Cosby Courtyard, I stop and stare at the, “cool, big, shiny-leafed thing.” I discovered its name is Coccoloba uvifera, commonly known as sea grape. The common name comes from the green grape-like fruits produced in the summer, which ripen to purple in the fall.
The fruit can be eaten raw, squashed into jam, or fermented into wine. However, Coccoloba uvifera is dioecious, so if you want “grapes,” you will need male and female plants.
As for the “sea” part, Coccoloba uvifera can tolerate dry soil with high …
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’
Surprise! Another grass! And, hopefully, like the others I showcased, Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ will have you on your feet and clapping your hands.
A perennial ornamental bunchgrass, Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Standing Ovation’ likes full sun, well-drained soil, and average amounts of water. It will grow to about 4 feet high, and about 1.5 feet wide.
A native to American Midwestern prairies, Schizachyrium scoparium produces modest, though fuzzy, beige spikes of flowers during late summer and early fall. However, the main selling point of ‘Standing Ovation’ is its beautiful, blue-green and purple-red coloration that looks like a …
With the official start of fall, gardeners are thinking about spring and planting their bulbs. Beyond the traditional tulips, daffodils, and crocus, there are many unique spring-blooming bulbs to experiment with in your garden including Fritillaria meleagris.
Checkered lily, Guinea hen flower, snake’s head fritillary, snake’s head daffodil….Fritillaria meleagris may be known by many common names, but there’s nothing common about this bulb. While it is a member of the lily family, it’s neither a true lily …