Paintbrush lily (Scadoxus puniceus, syn. S. natalensis)
USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11
Size: 20 to 30 inches tall and wide
Conditions: Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
This stunning bulb produces large globe-shaped torches of vibrant orange flowers held high on sturdy stalks in early spring before the leaves emerge. The glossy foliage, which persists through summer and fall before going dormant, adds a whole new textural dimension to the shade. Paintbrush lily is slow to multiply and can be hard to find, but it is worth seeking out because it is so amazing.
Paco’s possumhaw holly (Ilex decidua ‘Pacos’)
Zones: 5 to 9
Size: 15 feet tall and 12 feet wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
This is one of our favorite native ornamental trees, which can be grown as a single- or multitrunk plant. Paco’s possumhaw holly is a female plant (only females produce berries), which is…
This article is only available to All Access members
This article is available online for the first time ever exclusively for All Access members. Sign up for a free trial to access our entire collection of articles, videos, and plant records.
Get our latest tips, how-to articles, and instructional videos sent to your inbox.