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Alocasia 'Regal Shields'

With its dark green velvety and glossy foliage with burgundy undersides, this plant makes a striking backdrop in a partial shade area. Growing to 3 foot tall, this alocasia will work well in a small patio area and also in containers. Alocasia does bloom with a small calla type flower, but the flowers tend to not be noticeable. Plant in a rich soil mix and water well until established. Hardy Zone 9.

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.

Society Garlic

Society Garlic is an attractive ornamental from South Africa. With a its garlicky smell and taste, plant as part of a herb garden with thyme, purple leaf basil and rosemary. With the contrasting colors it will not only look good but, taste good. Leaves grow up to a foot long and a quarter inch wide hardy to zone 9, plant in full sun or light shade in a well drained soil.

Texas Primrose

Texas Primrose is an evergreen, low growing perennial that is perfect for the Texas landscape! At maturity, they get to be less than a foot tall and can get to be between 2 and 3 feet wide. Texas Primrose has dark green, narrow, finely textured foliage. It also has bright, cheery yellow flowers. Texas Primrose does well on slopes and in hot spots in the garden. It is native to areas of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. It tolerates a good amount of heat, making this a perfect plant for the coming summer months!

Mexican Flame Vine

Mexican Flame Vine is a fast growing, heat loving plant that features attractive evergreen foliage. The small clusters of brilliant orange, daisy-like blooms contrast well with the dark green leaves. Although the blooms peak in spring and summer, the vine often produces blooms throughout the year. Mexican Flame Vine is great for adding color to an unsightly fence or to crawl up a trellis.