Its smooth, blue-gray trunk has vertical fluting that looks like muscles, and it carries male and female flowers (catkins) in early spring and winged nutlets in fall and winter.
Even if you don't live in a region where wisteria is hardy, you're probably familiar with these lovely fast-growing vines.
A tropical tomato relative, has dark purple flowers that fade to lavender-purple and then fade to white.
Ornamental crabapples (Malus spp.) make nice specimen trees, and produce beautiful flowers and fruits.
In midsummer, when the heat is on and the lawn is brown, you might start looking for something to plant that’s tougher and prettier than finicky turf.
White fir is an especially beautiful coniferous evergreen.
The white pine is on the list of most popular Christmas trees.
A narrow pyramidal conifer, the Serbian spruce (Picea omorika) is one of the most attractive and adaptable evergreen trees.
Siberian pea shrubs are hard to beat for hardiness.
Feathery filaments of panicles rise above the blue-green foliage on smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria), creating the “smoky” appearance that gives this shrub its common name.