12 drought-tolerant plants that can take the heat.

12 drought-tolerant plants that can take the heat Aeonium arboreum ?Zwartkop’. This cultivar of the more common green-leafed species has dark reddish-purple leaves that sometimes look black. It grows up to 6 feet tall and wide and is easy to propagate from cuttings. Agave guiengola. Not easy to find, but it’s worth seeking out. Its […]

horsetail

If you’re looking for a water plant that’s unique and unusual, and you don’t mind a bit of a challenge, then take a look at horsetail (Equisetum hyemale, also known as scouring rush). With its stiff, hollow, bamboo-like green stalks, E. hyemale adds an exotic note to any water or bog garden. This evergreen perennial […]

Horseradish

Gardeners and chefs looking for a unique addition to their herb gardens should consider horseradish (Armoracia rusticana). The spicy root of this European native is the part we grind up and use on roast beef sandwiches, but the aboveground part has appeal, too. Horseradish’s large, broad green leaves look almost tropical. Think rhubarb leaves but […]

Horse chestnuts

Horse chestnuts are magnificent large trees with attractively divided foliage. This hand-shaped foliage often turns tones of yellow in autumn, though the autumn foliage is often not as attractive as it is in some other Aesculus species. In spring, horse chestnuts bloom with clusters of white flowers, often shaded pink. When pollinated, these flowers give […]