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Sago Palm

Popular low-growing palm that is seen in most tropical landscapes. Leaves are dark green and glossy on stiff stems. The leaves develop from a rosette and limbs can be pruned if a trunk form Sago Palm is desired. Makes a nice specimen plant or can be grown in large containers on patios or balconies. This is actually a cycad, not a true palm. They prefer full sun to partial shade and regular watering. These palms can grow to be 4-8ft tall with a 6-10ft spread! Make sure to fertilize them in the spring and summer with a well balanced fertilizer specially designed for palms. The seeds of this palm are extremely toxic to pets so make sure to keep an eye out when they are shedding seeds.

Indian Summer Rudbeckia

Also called Black Eyed Susan, this course, hairy perennial plant features daisy-like flowers with bright yellow to orange-yellow rays, with dark chocolate brown center disks. Huge flower heads that are 6-8" in width add bold, stunning color to landscape borders. They do best in full sun and the soil needs to be kept moist but mostly require little maintenance. They work best in Zones 4-10. They will naturalize in the bed by self-seeding. They attract butterflies and are drought tolerant. Surprisingly, deer tend to avoid this plant. Deadhead any spent flowers to encourage additional flowering and prevent any unwanted self-seeding.

Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus

This large, shrubby columnar cactus becomes tall dark green with age but is a nice powdery blue gray when young. They will nocturnally produce small white flowers that have a pink tinge and following the flowers are very large edible fruits about the size of a small apple that will change color from yellow, orange-green to a purple. This cactus is great for a native landscape needing full sun, little water, and no fertilizer. They also require little to no pruning making them a worry free addition. They will grow to be around 15-20ft tall with a 10ft spread.