Photinia villosa var. laevis - One of the finest plants we can grow for autumn color, this Eastern Asian deciduous species forms a small tree with a wide spreading crown. Clusters of Hawthorn-like flowers in May are followed by bright red egg shaped fruits which add to the end of season display. Leaves turn to a dazzling orange and red in autumn.
Encephalartos ferox cycad at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in south Miami, Florida [Order: Cycadales; Family: Zamiaceae]. Notice Brown anole (Anolis sagrei) on the right cone -- his throat-pouch matches the cone-scales. Click on this image and on the next two images to appreciate, up-close, the Beauty of Color-and-Design-in-Nature.
Athyrium 'Ghost' - Very different from anything else, even the grey forms of A. nipponicum, this truly unique fern has uniformly very pale grey fronds with darker stipes. Fronds are regularly and delicately divided and rise in a rather upright fashion to 90cm. Presumed to be a hybrid between the 'painted' and 'lady' ferns. A wonderful contrast to greener things. For semi-shade.
Orchid: Coelia bella - This medium to large-sized, terrestrial and occasional epiphytic species, with clustered, ellipsoid to ovoid, olive-green pseudobulbs, is found in Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala in rain-forests at elevations of 500 to 1500 meters.