Low growth habit makes this an excellent choice for a low border plant. Small, dark green leaves turn a rich, burgundy-red in winter for cool season interest. Adapts to a wide range of cultural conditions and mixes well in almost any landscape. Evergreen.
Bromeliads come in a wide variety of styles, provide an exotic touch to the home and bring a sense of the tropics and sun-kissed climates inside. Growing bromeliads is easy since they are tough and carefree while bringing interesting texture and color to your interior garden.
Also commonly known as mother-in-laws tongue due to their sharp, pointed tips, snake plants are very straightforward. If a prize were available for the most tolerant plant, snake plants would certainly be among the winners. They can be neglected for weeks at a time yet with their strappy leaves and architectural shape, they still look fresh.
Corn plants are one of the most popular and easiest house plants to grow. They produce leaves that look similar to corn leaves but remain green year-round. Although they are primarily grown for their foliage, they also produce yellow-white blooms when properly cared for.
The Pothos plant is considered by many to be a great way to get started caring for houseplants. Because they are easy to care for and undemanding, this simple yet beautiful plant is an easy way to add some green in your home.
If ever there was the perfect plant for the ultimate brown thumb, it is the easy to care for ZZ plant. This virtually indestructible houseplant can take months and months of neglect and low light and still look amazing.
In recent years, the ponytail palm tree has become a popular houseplant and it is easy to see why. Its sleek bulb-like trunk and lush, long curly leaves make it visually stunning; and the fact that a ponytail palm is forgiving and easy in its care makes this an ideal houseplant for many people.
Foxtail ferns are not really ferns, as they’re multiplied from seeds and produce no spores. The common name likely came from the clumping habit of the plant that is similar to that of a fern. Foxtail asparagus ferns have an unusual, symmetrical look. These fern-like plants have arching plumes of tightly packed, needle-like leaves that look soft and delicate. Foxtail fern plants bloom with white flowers and produce red berries.
Haworthia is a dainty succulent plant which is frequently compared to an Aloe. Commonly known as the Zebra Cactus, the white wart like tubercles cover the back of the leaves in a pattern which resembles a Zebra stripe. They are almost always small and very slow growing plants but tend to look brilliant in unusual containers or interesting soil mixes. As a result, they can make fantastic easy care gifts and presents for people, suiting either a home or office desk environment.
Gerbera daisies are known for their bright and cheerful daisy-like flowers. They originate from South Africa and come in various sizes and colors including pink, yellow, salmon, orange and white, with flower sizes anywhere from 2 to 5 inches across.
Bougainvillea in the garden or as a hanging basket offers green foliage year round and brilliant color in summer. Their orange, yellow, crimson or purple flowers are actually modified leaves called bracts. The bracts surround the actual flowers that are tiny and white.
They are extremely drought-resistant and thrive in almost any well-draining soil. Once you know the basics, growing a bougainvillea vine is easy. When you plant bougainvillea in the garden, you need to learn the ins and outs of caring for them. Bougainvillea care takes less effort if you select the optimal site. Plant these woody vines in a site with full sun and well-draining soil. Although bougainvillea vines tolerate many types of soil, they prefer loamy soil that contains clay, sand and silt in equal parts. Amend it with organic matter to allow nutrients to easily reach the roots.
The Blackfoot Daisy is a rugged, heat and drought tolerant native - a superb choice for low-water wildflower gardens. White, yellow-centered, honey-scented daisies cover the mound of grey-green foliage throughout an extensive bloom period, given moderate summer moisture.
Whether you choose to grow it on a trellis, as a topiary or in a hanging basket, the mandevilla plant has become a common plant for patios and flowerbeds, and rightfully so. The brilliant mandevilla flowers add a tropical flair to any landscape. They need sandy, well-draining soil with plenty of organic material mixed in. A good soil mix for mandevilla plants include two parts peat moss or potting soil to one part builder’s sand.
An essential addition to any Central Texas garden or flowerbed, the hardy Butterfly weed is essential to the survival of Monarch butterflies. Mature butterflies feed on the nectar produced in the flowers, while the foliage provides food for their larvae. The brilliant orange and yellow flowers are showy in massed plantings, but fascinating up close with their intricate detail. Butterfly weeds typical grow to around three feet in height and are native throughout the eastern and southern regions of the country.
These verbena-like flowers have long since been admired for their extended bloom time and also make a great choice for those wishing to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. There are several varieties of Lantana available that offer a multitude of colors such as red, yellow, orange, purple, pink and lavender. Though some parts of the country treat lantana as an annual, in Texas lantana is considered a perennial. Grow lantana flowers in the garden or in containers. Trailing varieties can even be grown in hanging baskets. They prefer full sun but will grow in partial shade as well. Lantana has also shown to be deer tolerant.
The clear crisp flowers and glossy green leaves of vinca are so perfect you may be tempted to rub them to see if they are real. Also known as periwinkles, vincas are useful in borders, flowerbeds, rock gardens and containers and provides instant color wherever it grows. They come in a wide variety of colors from white, different pinks and lavender. Vinca is drought tolerant and requires almost no maintenance to keep it looking terrific. It performs best if you water the plants whenever the top inch or so of the soil feels dry to the touch. Take care not to overwater this plant; it's easily susceptible to root rot.
Deriving their name from the five-pointed petals on the flowers, Pentas are warm region tropical blooming plants. They come in a profusion of colors, with flowers that are a variety of pink, red or white, but new cultivars have introduced tones of purple and lavender and mixed blooms such as pink with red centers. When you know how to grow Pentas, you have a foolproof way of attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, too.
Roses have a long and colorful history. They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics and have been used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. It wasn't until the late eighteenth century that cultivated roses were introduced into Europe from China. Most modern-day roses can be traced back to this ancestry. These introductions were repeat bloomers, making them unusual and of great interest to hybridizers, setting the stage for breeding work with native roses to select for hardiness and a long bloom season. Many of these early efforts by plant breeders are of great interest to today's gardeners.