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Plants Letter S is all about beauty and aroma. Below are 15 trees, shrubs, and flowers that can boost the look of your garden or landscape.


This Salix - Willow family consists of around three hundred species. They are deciduous trees, shrubs, and dwarf shrubs. The Willow generally thrives in cooler climates. Salix is native to most of the northern hemisphere including Europe, northern Africa, northern and central Asia, and can grow in zones two through ten in the United States.

As children growing up in upstate New York, we remember the large Willow trees in the backyard. The branches and limbs were big with thin leaves. They just seemed to dance with the wind.

The Willow prefers a moist soil with partial shade conditions. Their height varies with the different species in this family, but some will mature up to eighty feet tall. Others will max out around fifteen feet. In zone seven, the weeping Willow is very popular, and looks sensational with other evergreen trees.


There are nearly nine hundred members in the Salvia - Sage family. Sage is also the largest member of the mint family. You can read more about the mint family in the Herb section of this site.

Salvia is either an annual or perennial woody herb. It is native to many countries including Greece, South Africa, Central America, and tropical Mexico. It will grow in zones five through ten in the United States.

Sage does well if planted in full sun and in an environment of light frosts. Salvia loves a moist and well drained soil and will do well if watered regularly during the warmer months.

This is a great herb to grow from seeds, plant in a ground garden, or in a container garden. Sage can be grown indoors year around and provides a wonderful flavor in many culinary dishes.


The Sambucus - Elderberry genus consists of around twenty five members and is native to North America, Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia.

The Elderberry is a sensational deciduous shrub and small tree in zones two through ten in the United States.

Sambucus is a fairly easy specimen to grow and can take sun or shade, as long as it has a moist and well drained soil.

In late spring and early summer clusters of small white flowers emerge. Some of the varieties have edible flowers and berries.

It's a great plant to put as an accent around evergreen shrubs and trees.


There are about eighteen species that make up the Santolina - Cotton Lavender family.

The Cotton Lavender is an evergreen shrub that is mainly native in the Mediterranean region. The species will grow in zones seven through ten in the United States.

Santolina requires full sun and well drained soil. This is a low growing evergreen herb, and a sensational fragrant shrub for an herb garden.

Since Cotton Lavender is low spreading, it matures to only around two feet tall, and can spread three feet wide. Planting Santolina in front of Rosemary creates a wonderful look in any landscape.


Wet tropical and subtropical regions are home to around seven hundred of the Schefflera family. They are shrubs and small trees that are native to Taiwan, Australia and New Guinea. The Schefflera specie will grow in zones ten through twelve in the United States. This is a group of small trees and shrubs that thrive in rain forests.

Many times you can see them growing off other plants and rocks. They can mature up to forty feet, but many of the specimens grow to around fifteen feet. The flowers can be yellow or rich red tones. The nectar in the flowers attract birds, especially hummingbirds.

Schefflera can take sun to partial shade but needs shelter from the wind. It loves well drained soil. In colder geographic locations, Schefflera makes a sensational indoor plant year around.


The Schinus - Pepper tree genus is made up of about thirty species of evergreen shrubs and trees. They are native to Central and South America.

The Pepper tree loves full sun and well drained soil, and can mature up to fifty feet tall.

Tiny clusters of white to cream flower blossoms are followed by berries in the female plant.

This specimen is great as a shade tree and should be pruned back.

In some locations, this species can get out of control, and Hawaii is one of the locations that has this problem.


As a large family, the Senna - Cassia genus consists of around two hundred and fifty species. They are native to both Americas, Australia, and Africa.

The Cassia will grow in zones nine through twelve in the United States. In the summertime, clusters of rich yellow cup shaped flowers appear, and will blossom until winter. They should be pruned after bloom time.

The Cassia loves full sun but needs protection against strong winds. These species are considered evergreen and perennials.

The Silver Cassia from Australia will bloom throughout the winter until summer. It's a great accent plant for gardens and landscapes.


The Sequoia - California Redwood is one of the most sensational trees to see. This evergreen conifer is noted as the biggest tree in the world.

There is only one specie in this genus, and the largest tree stands erect at three hundred and sixty feet tall. The Redwood is a sensational specimen in California and Oregon. National Parks with hundreds of Sequoias can be seen in far western United States.

These trees can be cold hardy and will thrive in full sun or partial shade. The Redwood is a fast grower and once matured, and it's timber is valuable.

Many organizations have been working hard to preserve this unique specimen. We have seen the Sequoias out in California, and these trees are truly remarkable!

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This genus known as Serruria is made up of about fifty or more species.

The Serruria is native to the area in South Africa. In fact, it is so common in the southwestern Cape region there's an over abundance.

The Serruria grows in the sub-tropical to tropical zones of nine through eleven in the United States.

This shrub can mature to around four feet tall and is unique in it's deep two tone shade of pink or white flowers. The cluster of flowers have a full center and each petal has pointed edges.

These species love sandy and well drained soil. They will thrive in a sunny location.

The Serruria is a member of the Protea family. A highlight of these species is the long duration of the blooms.


Solanum is a large family that has about 1300 to 1400 species. They are made up of annual, perennial, evergreen, and deciduous trees, shrubs, and climbers. They are native all over the world, but are dominant in New Zealand and Australia.

A special specie is the Kangaroo Apple. The Kangaroo Apple is an evergreen shrub that will grow to around twelve feet. It is considered a fast grower but the downside is it is short lived.

The Blue Potato Bush is native to the South American region, and will mature to eight feet tall.

The special and rich blue and violet tone flowers make this a wonderful specie for a garden or landscape. This family loves well drained soil and sun.

The Solanum family grows well in zones nine through eleven. Feel free to search for other plants that may work for you in your geographic location.


There are about fifty deciduous, evergreen trees and shrubs that make up the Sophora genus.

Native to many parts of the world, the Japanese Pagoda tree is home in Korea and China. The Japanese Pagoda can mature up to one hundred feet tall.

These specimens do well in zones four through ten in the United States. The Sophora family is known for its wide variety of soil conditions it will grow in. This genus can take full sun or partial shade.

They are popular as shade trees cultivated in groves. It's also a great lawn specimen. These species have tiny flowers of yellow, cream, blue and a soft purple tone.

After the flowers are done blooming, pods with seeds appear in a form resembling a beaded necklace. It's a very unique specimen for a landscape.


The Sorbus - Mountain Ash family is made up of about one hundred species of deciduous trees and shrubs. The plants are grown for their unique foliage and rich red berries.

The Mountain Ash is native to many places in Europe, and grows well in zones two through nine in the United States. These species thrive in cooler climates and can grow well in full sun or partial shade.

In springtime, clusters of small white flowers appear. Some of the varieties of Sorbus can mature up to thirty feet tall. The timber from the trees is used in flooring and furniture.

It's a great specimen for many styles of landscape, but also a wonderful addition to a theme based garden.


There are about eighty members of the Spiraea family.

In the spring and summer months the Spiraea comes to life with brilliant clusters of special light and dark pink flowers. Some varieties produce white flowers.

These species grow in many different climates and do well in zones three through eleven in the United States.

These deciduous to semi-evergreen shrubs prefer warm summer months and love well drained soil.

They will burn out if not protected from the blazing heat in some of the warmer climates.


There are about one hundred deciduous and small evergreen trees and shrubs in the Styrax- Snowbell family. They are native to many areas including both Americas, China, Japan, Korea, and one specie that grows naturally in Europe.

The Snowbell will grow well in zones six through nine in the United States. In the springtime, special clusters of tiny bell shaped white flowers appear.

The Styrax genus loves a moist, cool and well drained soil. They also prefer a cooler summer climate.

Some of the species can mature up to twenty feet tall.

It's a great specimen for landscapes that have some natural wood settings.


Common Lilac

The Syringa - Lilac family is made up of about twenty flowering shrub species. The Lilac is known for its unique fragrant flowers that emerge in mid-spring. The Lilacs were first raised in France and are native to China, other parts of northeastern Asia, many countries in Europe. They grow well in zones five through nine in the United States.

Syringa prefer a moist and well drained soil, and thrives with extra humus added to the dirt. The Lilac will produce special and luscious blooms in frost prone areas, The colors can be white, purple, several shades of pink, or a light mauve. Although in my zone seven this specie isn't as popular as in cooler zones, the Lilac is one of my favorite species.

These 15 plants letter S should give you some basic ideas of colorful flowers, as well as zones and locations. Herbee and I sure enjoyed sharing this with you.

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