Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials
Sturdy easy-to-grow plants with handsome leaves and showy white or pink flowers. Some kinds tend to get out of hand and need to be controlled.Persicaria capitata
Himalayan native. Tough, trailing groundcover to 3–6 in. high; spreads indefinitely both by rooting stems and by self-seeding. Oval, 1 1/2-in.-long leaves are dark green when new, take on pinkish overtones when mature. Leaves of all ages have a bronzy cast that deepens in cooler weather; they discolor and die below 28°F/–2°C. Stems and small, round flower heads are pink. Blooms almost all year in mild climates. Best in confined spots (where it won’t be able to spread) or in uncultivated areas. No irrigation needed.
Vine-shrub from Brazil. Vigorous growth to 10 ft. tall and wide. Bears arrowlike, 1 1/2–3-i...
Vigorous, upright, thorny tree to 20–25 ft. tall; also available on dwarf rootstock (‘Dwar...
Sport of ‘Eureka’ with green-and-white leaves and green stripes on immature fruit; everbea...