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Japanese Boxwood

This beautifully bright evergreen shrub is a great addition to a landscape that needs a small topiary hedge. Plant these 2 feet apart for a seamless bush. These will average 4-5ft in height and spread depending on trimming habits. They are slow growing and do not require rigorous trims. They are moderately drought-tollerant once they become established and are very well adapted in all arrays of light. The thick foliage on this shrub makes them a great choice for ornamental hedges as well as accent in a foundation planting. Grow best in zones 6-9.

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.

Croton Petra

This perennial evergreen shrub has colorful foliage great for tropical areas and houseplants. Foliage is large leathery and glossy in shades of red yellow purple and green and varies in shapes and sizes. Excellent choice for bright locations. Nice effect when planted in masses. As it ages, the plant’s color may darken to nearly black. This plant can be pruned if you wish to keep it to a certain size or encourage a bushier look. Otherwise, it will only need to be pruned to remove dead or unhealthy foliage. Brown leaves or stems should be cut all the way back to a node on the stem, and the same applies when trimming overgrown stems.