Browse The Library

Lemon 'Lisbon' (Citrus limon)

This Portuguese native found its way into the U.S. via Australia in the mid-1800’s and it has remained one of the most popular and reliable lemon selections available ever since. It displays more heat, cold, and wind tolerance than other varieties. ‘Lisbon’ is just as…

Lemon Grass

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus)

A frost-tender clumping perennial grass that is popular for use in Southeast Asian cuisine. The gracefully arching leaves emit a lemony scent when crushed or bruised. The base of the leaf (or leaf stalk) can be used to add a zesty lemon flavor to a variety of fish and meat dishes,…

Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose

Lenten Rose, Christmas Rose (Helleborus species)

Dense growing, palmate foliage brings lush coverage to shady gardens. Large, yet elegant saucer to cup-like blooms appear anywhere from late winter to mid-spring depending on variety and garden zone.

Leopard Plant

Leopard Plant (Farfugium japonicum)

This plant gets its name from the bright yellow speckles that appear on its foliage, similar to spots on a leopard. The large round, leathery leaves add wonderful texture and color variation in the garden. Tall sprays of yellow flowers are a refreshing site in the autumn.

Leopard's Bane

Leopard's Bane (Doronicum orientale)

Charming yellow, daisy-like flowers appear in early spring. Sturdy stems form low clumps with deep green, heart-shaped leaves. Will spread slowly, but is not invasive.


Lepismium (Lepismium cruciforme)

A rugged epiphytic cactus that can be found growing among the trees in South American jungles. Very easy to grow, they require only minimal watering and a regular supply of bright light. This is a species that does very well in a hanging basket or planter where the stems can cascade…

Leptinella, Brass Buttons

Leptinella, Brass Buttons (Leptinella squalida)

A quick-spreading ground cover with bright green foliage and a good tolerance of drought and full sun. Dainty yellow-green blooms are an added bonus. Perfect for softening rock gardens, pathways and walls.


Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh, home grown vegetables! Produces crisp, flavorful leaves in an assortment of colors and textures. A must for every vegetable garden.

Lewis' Mock Orange

Lewis' Mock Orange (Philadelphus lewisii)

The arching branches of the lewisii species of Mock Orange greet summer with a prolific burst of pure white blooms. Some varieties offer light, sweet fragrance as well. When not in bloom, P. lewisii's bright green foliage makes an excellent backdrop for perennials and lower growing…

Leyland Cypress

Leyland Cypress (Cupressus leylandii)

A gracefully elegant evergreen with a very columnar form and a quick growth rate. Foliage color ranges, among the different named varieties, from deep green to gray-green to yellow-green. Excellent as a vertical element in mixed shrub plantings. Also known as x Cupressocyparis…