Japanese Yew (podocarpus): This appears to be a Japanese Yew. The plant can be a shrub or tree but is usually dark green in color and has blue berries which are poisonous. As the plant matures and if it is not overpruned or grown in dense shade, it will produce blue berries with a waxy coating - that would be another clue to its identity if you have seen them.

Japanese Yew (podocarpus): This appears to be a Japanese Yew. The plant can be a shrub or tree but is usually dark green in color and has blue berries which are poisonous. As the plant matures and if it is not overpruned or grown in dense shade, it will produce blue berries with a waxy coating - that would be another clue to its identity if you have seen them.

Yellow Loosestrife (lysimachia punctata): Hardy perennial plant that grows 61 centimeters tall or more, almost entirely covered in yellow flowers in summer. Grows well in full or part sun and is said to be deer resistant. Prefers regular water. Will spread.

Yellow Loosestrife (lysimachia punctata): Hardy perennial plant that grows 61 centimeters tall or more, almost entirely covered in yellow flowers in summer. Grows well in full or part sun and is said to be deer resistant. Prefers regular water. Will spread.

Rosemary (rosmarinus): This is rosemary, a very useful herb in cooking. It has a strong fragrance which it imparts to the food it is cooked with so use a little bit at first because you can always add more but never take away. It does tend to be a bit sticky but that is common. To be safe, make sure it has been grown organically with no chemical fungicides or insecticides sprayed on or near the plant and have its identity confirmed with a local garden center before using it for culinary…

Rosemary (rosmarinus): This is rosemary, a very useful herb in cooking. It has a strong fragrance which it imparts to the food it is cooked with so use a little bit at first because you can always add more but never take away. It does tend to be a bit sticky but that is common. To be safe, make sure it has been grown organically with no chemical fungicides or insecticides sprayed on or near the plant and have its identity confirmed with a local garden center before using it for culinary…

Croton (codiaeum variegatum): Croton is a house plant that requires full sun and requires a very bright window, like that of a south facing window. Keep this plant out of drafts and water when the soil surface feels dry to the touch. In your area you can keep it outdoors in the summer in partial sun. Make sure to bring it indoors if freezing weather is expected. It can also go deciduous and lose its leaves if the temperatures stay cold for too long.  We assume you are inquiring about the…

Croton (codiaeum variegatum): Croton is a house plant that requires full sun and requires a very bright window, like that of a south facing window. Keep this plant out of drafts and water when the soil surface feels dry to the touch. In your area you can keep it outdoors in the summer in partial sun. Make sure to bring it indoors if freezing weather is expected. It can also go deciduous and lose its leaves if the temperatures stay cold for too long. We assume you are inquiring about the…

Japanese Plum Yew (cephalotaxus harringtonia fastigiata): This evergreen conifer is commonly called a Plum Yew, this particular form is an upright columnar shrub 3m x 2m.  Prefers partial shade in areas with hot summers.  It is native to Japan, North-east China and Korea.

Japanese Plum Yew (cephalotaxus harringtonia fastigiata): This evergreen conifer is commonly called a Plum Yew, this particular form is an upright columnar shrub 3m x 2m. Prefers partial shade in areas with hot summers. It is native to Japan, North-east China and Korea.

Turpentine Bush (ericameria laricifolia): Correction:  We checked with a botany professor who specializes in native plants of this region. This is most likely a "turpentine bush," however, there are 12 species of that plant. If you get a chance, and could send a close up of the flower, we can probably narrow it down.   We appreciate your patience. We want to assist you in any way we can to get the identification correct.   Thank you  for using Garden Compass.

Turpentine Bush (ericameria laricifolia): Correction: We checked with a botany professor who specializes in native plants of this region. This is most likely a "turpentine bush," however, there are 12 species of that plant. If you get a chance, and could send a close up of the flower, we can probably narrow it down. We appreciate your patience. We want to assist you in any way we can to get the identification correct. Thank you for using Garden Compass.

Calla Lily (zantedeschia aethiopica): This moisture-loving, South African perennial produces large, beautiful white flowers in spring. It grows to about 3 ft. high and does well in full sun or part shade with regular water.

Calla Lily (zantedeschia aethiopica): This moisture-loving, South African perennial produces large, beautiful white flowers in spring. It grows to about 3 ft. high and does well in full sun or part shade with regular water.

Loveinamist (nigella sp): It is a genus of about 20 species of stiffly erect, bushy annuals. An unusual annual plant bearing distinctive blue, white or rose pink flowers with paper-like seed capsules atop the flower petals giving it an airy appearance. Thread-like leaves. Needs either full sun or partial shade and regular water.

Loveinamist (nigella sp): It is a genus of about 20 species of stiffly erect, bushy annuals. An unusual annual plant bearing distinctive blue, white or rose pink flowers with paper-like seed capsules atop the flower petals giving it an airy appearance. Thread-like leaves. Needs either full sun or partial shade and regular water.

Variegated Meadowsweet (filipendula ulmaria variegata): This perennial grows best in full to part sun with regular soil moisture.  It gets to be 3-4 feet tall and produces showy plumes of white flowers.  This is a very nice plant.  It doesn't like to dry out.

Variegated Meadowsweet (filipendula ulmaria variegata): This perennial grows best in full to part sun with regular soil moisture. It gets to be 3-4 feet tall and produces showy plumes of white flowers. This is a very nice plant. It doesn't like to dry out.

Yellow Woodsorrel (oxalis stricta): This plant appears to be woodsorrel with clover-like foliage and yellow or pink flowers with five petals. Spreads by seed and many consider it a weed. Also called sourgrass and the flowers close up at night and open in the daytime.

Yellow Woodsorrel (oxalis stricta): This plant appears to be woodsorrel with clover-like foliage and yellow or pink flowers with five petals. Spreads by seed and many consider it a weed. Also called sourgrass and the flowers close up at night and open in the daytime.

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