Archive | January, 2012

Moroccan Daisy

10 Jan

Moroccan Daisy (Chrysanthemum hosmariense), evergreen, slow growth to 12 inches in height with a 1-2 foot spread, fern-like silver-green foliage, white daisy-like fowers all year, full sun, drought tolerant, good cut flower.

Spreading and bushy subshrub with soft, hairy, deeply-lobed silvery green leaves. Single flowers are formed with white florets and wide centers of yellow disk florets. Distinguished by its black margins on silver bracts. Blooms from early spring to fall. Easy to grow and will bloom throughout the year if deadheaded regularly. Susceptible to aphids and spider mites. Prefers moderately fertile, very well-drained soil in full sun.

Morning Glory Bush

10 Jan

Morning Glory Bush (Convolvulus cneorum), evergreen shrub, fast growth to 2.5 feet in height with an equal spread, bush rounded growth habit, large pink or white flowers bloom spring/summer, silver-gray foliage, full sun, drought tolerant, deer resistant.

Convolvulus is a genus of annual and perennial shrubs from tropical and Mediterranean regions. These easy to grow plants vary from climbers or trailing plants to shrubs and mound forming bushes. Plants and flowers also vary in size and spread. Flowers of Convolvulus plants are trumpet-shaped and vary from white and pink to purple and mauve in color. These sun-loving plants grow quite easily and survive very well in sandy, chalky and dry soil.

 Convolvulus cneorum which is commonly known as Silver Bush grows as low growing plant and usually forms a think carpet of evergreen foliage. Because of its capacity to withstand drought and grow in poor soil, Convolvulus Cneorum is a good choice for rock gardens or as ground cover for sandy or poor soil. It is easy to maintain and should be pruned back after flowering.Convolvulus cneorum  grows well in sunny positions where it is protected from frost and long, dry spells of cold. These plants are easily propagated from seeds and require just sufficient water; do not over water.

Convolvulus cneorum is generally related to the family of Morning Glory. Other popular species include: Convolvulus mauritanicus, Convolvulus tricolor and Convolvulus arvensis.