Our blog will be going into hiatus. Take a look at this recap of our 2021 activity!
The Refresh series for 2021 ends here, but it may be back next year!
To learn more about these magnificent blooms, visit our post on Peonies. Photos taken in 2021
Washingtonia robusta is a popular ornamental tree found in the Southern and Western United States.
To learn more about these fragrant flowers, visit our post on Lavender. Photos taken in 2021
Don't be fooled by Ailanthus altissima's attractive name— it is an invasive and destructive plant.
To learn more about these vivid bee-attracting flowers, visit our post on Crimson Bottlebrush. Photos taken in 2021
With soft, fuzzy leaves and antibacterial properties, Stachys byzantina can be used as a natural bandage.
To learn more about this genus of trees, visit our post on Walnut Trees. Photos taken in 2021
A popular foliage plant, Jacobaea maritima has stunning silver leaves.
To learn more about this beautiful fire-resistant tree, visit our post on Southern Magnolia. Photos taken in 2021
With dramatic, peeling bark, Arbutus menziesii can be used in the kitchen, at a campfire, or in a wood workshop!
To learn more about these vibrant flowering shrubs, visit our post on Roses. Photos taken in 2021
With enchanting spirals, Euphorbia myrsinites is often found in rock gardens.
To learn more about these elegant pastel flowers, visit our post on Roses. Photos taken in 2021
A natural symbol of the Canary Islands, Phoenix canariensis boasts a majestic crown and diamond-patterned trunk.
To learn more about these delicate butterfly-shaped flowers, visit our post on Lindheimer's Beeblossom. Photos taken in 2021
Bold and vivid, the trumpet-shaped flowers of Campsis radicans are a favorite of hummingbirds.
To learn more about these vibrant flowering trees, visit our post on Crapemyrtles.
Silybum marianum may look spiky and intimidating, but it has many health benefits!
To learn more about this wildfire-resistant flower, visit our post on the Fortnight Lily. Photos taken in 2021
A hardy perennial, Centranthus ruber is sometimes known as Jupiter's beard.
To learn more about these sacred aquatic flowers, visit our post on Lotuses. Photos taken in 2021
Dubbed "medieval aspirin," Tanacetum parthenium has been used to treat headaches and fever for centuries.
To learn more about these ancient trees, visit our post on the Ginkgo Tree. Photos taken in 2021
Phlomis fruticosa features chandelier-like flowers and fuzzy leaves.
To learn more about these beautiful blue flowers, visit our post on Common Agapanthus. Photos taken in 2021
The flowers of Agave americana reach up to the sky, but only bloom once.
To learn more about these gorgeous pastel blooms, visit our post on Hydrangeas. Photos taken in 2021
Symbolizing immortality, Acanthus mollis is often known more for its impressive leaves rather than its flowers!
Refresh is a new photo series, where we post updates of plants that we previously blogged about.
Beautiful but deadly, Nerium oleander can kill humans and animals when ingested.
Amaryllis belladonna's showy blooms rise above the ground on a bare and upright stem.
Known to be a "must-have" plant, Acer palmatum can even be made into a delicacy.
With vibrant yellow flowers, plants of the genus Helianthus have a world record and a famous painting dedicated to them.
Begonia cucullata's red flowers and waxy green leaves flourish in warm climates.
A variety of people use some part of Juglans trees in their daily lives -- chefs, carpenters, cabinet-makers, carvers, and common folk.
With water repelling leaves, plants of the Adiantum genus can even grow on a rocky cliff.
Dubbed "the bedroom plant", Sansevieria trifasciata has snake-like leaves and can purify the air in your room.
With soft, feathery leaves, Asparagus setaceus can be an elegant houseplant.
Crocosmia's flowers bloom in fiery red. Their stems arch, and their sword-like leaves stand upright.
With a sweet fragrance, Lavandula can even be used to flavor ice cream!
The symmetrical Platycladus orientalis is known as the "tree of life" (and for good reasons).
With a special way of spreading its seeds, Dicentra formosa can be seen throughout the North American west coast.
This strong tasting herb, Foeniculum vulgare, is easy to recognize and can even grow taller than a person.
Imperial palaces, Memorial Day, courage and honor -- these are just a few things Paeonia's gorgeous flowers bring to mind.
Known for its fishy taste, Houttuynia cordata has distinct heart-shaped leaves.
A sky blue flower, Myosotis is also a symbol of "eternal remembrance."
Producing delicious yellow fruits, Eriobotrya japonica can be found all over the world.
With purple pollen, Agapanthus praecox resembles a giant dandelion seed head.
Containing a toxic compound, Pittosporum tobira was once used as bait to kill fish.
The Golden State's state flower, Eschscholzia californica, blooms in gold.
The sweet-smelling Trachelospermum jasminoides is a perfume and a common Chinese medicine.
A favorite of hummingbirds, Salvia microphylla resembles a person with red pants.
The gorgeous freckled blooms of the genus Alstroemeria are unfortunately poisonous to cats.
Named after the Father of Texas Botany, Oenothera lindheimeri look like butterflies about to take flight.
Use Erigeron karvinskianus to create a daisy wall or to carpet your stone steps!
Oenothera speciosa spreads like fire, adding splashes of pink to the North American grasslands.
Sacred in many cultures, flowers of the genus Nelumbo have water-repellant leaves and edible seeds.
Known for its fragrance and invasive nature, Lonicera japonica can produce poisonous berries.
Ginkgo biloba, one of the oldest surviving tree species in the world, has no living relatives.
One of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, Primula vulgaris can add flavor to your salad!
Unlike most flowers, some Hydrangeas can change color, resulting in dazzling ombres of pink, purple, and blue.
One of the oldest tree species in the world, Magnolia grandiflora is a traditional Asian herbal medicine.
Pelargonium capitatum's scent comes from the essential oils inside the plant.
Dietes bicolor, a member of the iris family, can apparently glow in the dark.
With dramatic cone-shaped flowers, Echium candicans is poisonous when eaten.
One of the most well-known plants native to Australia, Callistemon citrinus can produce a natural red dye.
A hybrid between two rockroses, Cistus purpureus is an evergreen shrub with bright pink blooms.
Find the fire-resistant flower, Erigeron glaucus, by the ocean, nodding in the breeze.
Different species of Aquilegia often cross-pollinate when planted near each other.
Shaped like a dragon's snout, Antirrhinum majus's flowers can open their jaws like snapping turtles!
This vivid, pink flower, Oxalis articulata, hides an edible surprise -- a burst of sour oxalic acid.
Lobularia maritima can be found hanging off the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Resembling flaming spearheads, these striking flowers -- Kniphofia uvaria -- are unfortunately becoming an invasive species.
Behind the school, we discovered the spectacular succulent, Aloe maculata.