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Berkley Sedge

This member of the grass family grows 12-18" tall and is hardy in Zones 8-10. With its gracefully narrow arching leaves this plant makes a great border, mass planting or ground cover. Considered a perennial in most areas, cut back in early spring for best growth. Works well in sun or shade. Grows in moist areas where most plants would struggle.

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.

Turquoise Tail Sedum

Turquoise Tail Sedum requires full sun but, can tolerate a small amount of shade. This tough sedum with its blue green coloring is hardy zones 5-10. Deer and rabbit resistant along with being drought tolerant. This plant grows 4-6" tall with a 12" spread, has small yellow blooms from May thru June.

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.