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Magnolia 'Smiling Monkey' Tree

Magnolia maudiae also known as the Smiling Monkey Tree grows well in mild climates Zones 7-10. This magnolia originally from China, is well suited to grow in pots unlike most magnolias. Flowers in the winter with large 6" cream /ivory blooms along the branches rather than on the tip. Smiling Monkey Tree will grow in all light conditions from shade to full sun. Plant in well drained rich soil for best growth. Planted in the ground, this Magnolia can reach 20 feet with a 10 foot spread.

Philippine Lily

In Texas, growing lilies is not easy. One species which has proven adaptable to all soil types is the Philippine Lily. Though it resembles the Easter Lily, this lily will bloom in the late summer months of June-August. As the evening cools down, the flowers release their scent. Mixed with night blooming Jasmines in a bed will add a great scented garden to any landscape. Seeds that fall to the ground will germinate without assistance. They can also be gathered and shared with other gardeners.

Vinca Major Variegated

Vinca Major is an evergreen perennial with a broad leaf. Vinca major is classified as a ground cover but, works well in mixed planters or hanging baskets. Produces bluish-lavender flowers in the spring and summer months. Prefers part sun to full shade likes moist soil but, can also be fairly drought tolerant. Vinca can be somewhat invasive but, you can control this by cutting back runners. Hardy zones 4-8.

Dichondra 'Silver Falls'

Dichondra 'Silver Falls' works well as a ground cover in a hanging basket also looks great hanging over any type of retaining wall for added color. Works best in full sun but, will tolerate light shade. Hardy to zone 10. Silver Falls will add a nice color contrast to any landscape, with its leaves having a slight metallic look. Blooms in spring with small white flowers.

'Little David' Loropetalum

Loropetalum is a wonderful evergreen shrub that will work well in an accent garden. With its green and burgundy leaves it will add a nice touch of color to any landscape. Hardy zones 5-8 with small blooms in the spring, can be drought tolerant once it is established. Will work in light shade but does require some sun.