Queen Palm – Syagrus romanzoffiana

The Queen palm is an elegant palm; graceful with its shiny, feathery green foliage that droops down, casting lovely light shade to those underneath it. Small, creamy white or yellow blossoms are produced during the warm season, and followed by little orange, edible fruits. Because fronds can be damaged by high winds and cold weather,…

Pygmy Date Palm – Phoenix roebelenii

Pygmy Date Palm is a small, often multi-trunked palm that produces edible fruit! In their younger years, before developing much trunk height, these palms have the distant appearance of a large, fine-textured shrub. While their trunks are slow to develop, they put on foliar growth much more quickly, which allows them to replace frozen winter…

Queen’s Wreath – Antigonon leptopus

Queen’s wreath is a fast-growing, self-climbing vine with bright green, heart-shaped foliage. Light pink to hot pink blossoms appear amongst foliage in chain-like clusters throughout spring, summer, and fall; birds are especially attracted to them. Queen’s Wreath loves hot spots in the garden, including hot walls with reflected sun. This deciduous vine will happily grow…

Quail Bush – Atriplex lentiformis

Across the arid southwest, Quail bush offers a humble beauty that is rarely found in plants that are as beneficial to native habitats and natural landscapes. Tolerating intense heat as well as bitter cold, this deciduous shrub can grow in salty, alkaline, or poorly drained soils, and easily survives through extreme drought on natural rainfall,…

Purple Lilac Vine – Hardenbergia violacea

This evergreen vine is native to Australia, where it is most frequently spotted scrambling over rocky banks, using any neighboring trees and shrubs for upward support. Here in Southwestern U.S., Purple Lilac Vine is more cultivated and tame, often supported by trellises, where the twining, intricate growth patterns and delicate, cascading clusters of tiny purple…