Audrey's Plantmania

An Annapolis gardener sharing her bounty at bargain prices

Harlequin Glory Bower Tree / Clerodendron March 21, 2017

This tree is covered with white, fragrant blossoms in the late summer heat of July and August, and the butterflies adore her.  I often see 3-4 butterflies hovering at the same time over this tree.  After the flowers drop, a beautiful red calyx is left behind, often with a blue berry at the center — two seasons of marvelous interest!

Grows to be 8-10′ tall, 5′ wide, requires half to full sun to bloom.  Full sun.  Read more about it here in Fine Gardening Magazine.



Winter honeysuckle / Lonicera x purpusii April 13, 2011

Lusciously fragrant flowers in March, which linger for weeks.  This is prized as one of the earliest blooming and most fragrant shrubs known.  Grows to be a large, sprawling shrub 6′ high and wide, so give it plenty of room.  Flowers best in at least half-sun.

Great article this shrub here, including different ways to prune it into a small tree, espalier, or vigorous shrub.