Purple Orchid Vine – Mascagnia lilacina

The Purple orchid vine is a superb garden and landscape performer. It offers a lavender-purple, unusually shaped, orchid-like flower sporadically throughout the warm season, but heaviest in the spring and fall. Unique flowers then morph into oddly shaped seedpods, which bear an uncanny resemblance to a butterfly. With support such as a trellis or fence,…

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…

Prairie Acacia – Acacia angustissima

Prairie acacia is a delicate looking shrub that is actually quite foolproof; growing easily in almost any soil with good drainage, and performing well whether planted in full sun or shade. Its lack of thorns is an atypical feature among the usually thorny acacias, and its low growing, compact habit makes it a perfect fit…