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Learn about several plant varieties and zone information for each one.

Dwarf Elephant Ears

dwarf elephant ears have upright fanlike foilage

These large, tender perennials are usually grown as annuals for their bold upright fanlike serrated foliage.

  • Plants have insignificant flowers but will produce berries in longer growing seasons
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade
  • Plant in rich, organic, moist but well-drained soil; fertilize monthly
  • Height: 3-4 feet; Width: 3-5 feet
  • All parts of the plant are poisonous and the sap can irritate skin
  • Annual in USDA zones 2-6

Hardy in USDA zones (7) 8-11

  • Zones 2-6: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in light to partial shade; remove foliage and dig in fall before frost; store in frost-free location for winter or discard plants after killing frost.
  • Zones 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; remove tattered foliage throughout season; fertilize spring through fall; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
  • Zones 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; remove tattered foliage throughout season; fertilize spring through fall.
  • Zones 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; remove tattered foliage throughout season; fertilize spring through fall.
  • Zones 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; remove tattered foliage throughout season; fertilize spring through fall.
  • Zones 11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; remove tattered foliage throughout season; fertilize spring through fall.

Eleanor Roosevelt Croton

eleanor roosevelt croton has colorful foliage

This shrub has deep green foliage that is spotted with yellow.

  • Plant in moist but well-drained soil; do not allow soil to dry completely
  • Prefers warm temperatures from 60-85 degrees and high humidity
  • Fertilize monthly during growing season
  • Plant in bright to partial shade
  • Height: 3-5 feet; Width: 3-5 feet

Patio or Houseplant in zones 2-9; Hardy in USDA zones 10-11

  • Zones 2-9: Container grow plant and keep indoors or in heated greenhouse; move outside when temperatures remain above 60 degrees; place by bright window with high humidity or mist daily during cold weather.
  • Zone 10: Plant in spring in partial shade protected from hot sun; mulch to conserve moisture; do not allow soil to dry completely; water moderately during winter months; prune in early spring, if needed.
  • Zone 11: Plant in spring in partial shade protected from hot sun; mulch to conserve moisture; do not allow soil to dry completely; water moderately during winter months; prune in early spring, if needed.

Red Hot Hibiscus

red hot hibiscus has large brilliant red flowers

This tropical evergreen shrub has dark green leathery foliage and large brilliant red flowers.

  • Plant in full sun to light shade
  • Plant in average to moist soil; water when dry; fertilize monthly during growing season
  • Height: 5-7 feet; Width: 3-5 feet

Hardy in USDA zones (8)9-11

  • Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch especially in fall; may be marginally hardy in this zone and die back to the ground during a frost.
  • Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch to conserve moisture.
  • Zone 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch to conserve moisture.
  • Zone 11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch to conserve moisture.

Parson's Juniper

parsons juniper has blue green scalelike foliage

This is a small, spreading evergreen shrub noted for its blue-green scalelike foliage.

  • Plant in full sun in moist but well-drained soil
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Fertilize in mid spring with water-soluble fertilizer
  • Prune as needed to maintain shape
  • Dog urine may leave brown spots on foliage
  • Height: 2-3 feet; Width: 4-10 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 4-11:

  • Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
  • Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
  • Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch after first frost; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
  • Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch after first frost; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
  • Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch in fall; avoid exposure to harsh winter wind.
  • Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch in fall.
  • Zone 10: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch in fall.
  • Zone 11: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun; apply mulch in fall.

Evergreen Giant Lily Turf

evergreen giant lily turf has linear green foliage

This thick, tufted evergreen ground cover has linear deep green foliage.

  • Blue-purple flowers in fall followed by a dark berries
  • Plant in full sun to full shade
  • Prune or mow in late winter; divide in spring
  • Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil; water freely until established
  • Height: 12 inches Width: 18 inches

Hardy in zones 5-10:

  • Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall; protect from drying winds.
  • Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall; protect from drying winds.
  • Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in fall; protect from drying winds.
  • Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to moderate shade; mulch in fall; protect from drying winds.
  • Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to full shade; mulch in fall; protect from drying winds.
  • Zone 10: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to full shade; mulch in fall; protect from drying winds.

White Fountain Grass

white fountain grass is small upright ornamental

This is a small upright ornamental grass with bright green foliage and ivory plumes.

  • Plant in full sun
  • Tolerant of a wide range of soil
  • Prune back to ground in late winter to early spring; fertilize in spring
  • Divide every few years in early spring
  • Height: 2-3 feet Width: 2-3 feet

Hardy in zones 9-11

  • Zone 9-11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; remove mulch in spring.

Pygmy Date Palm

pygmy date palm is tropical evergreen dwarf palm

This tropical evergreen dwarf palm has a slender trunk and delicate foliage.

  • Produces dark purple-brown fruit in late summer
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade
  • Plant in rich organic soil; water when dry; fertilize with nitrogen during the growing season
  • Height: 8-10 feet; Width: 4-6 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 9-11

  • Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch especially in fall; remove any frost damaged fronds in the spring
  • Zone 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch to conserve moisture.
  • Zone 11: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; mulch to conserve moisture.

Mexican Petunia

mexican petunia is an upright tender perennial

This plant has been labeled an invasive species in some states.

  • Upright tender perennial with narrow leaves and light pink flowers in summer
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade; invasive weed in warmer climates
  • Plant in moist well-drained soil
  • Height: 3-4 feet; Width: 3-4 feet

Grown as an annual in zones 2-7; Hardy in USDA zones 8-11:

  • Zones 2-7: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; remove after first killing frost.
  • Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture;prune back in late winter; deadhead to prevent seeding.
  • Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; prune back in late winter; deadhead to prevent seeding.
  • Zone 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch to conserve moisture; prune back in late winter; deadhead to prevent seeding.

Society Garlic

society garlic is a bulbous clumping perennial

This bulbous clumping perennial has grass-like foliage and pink-purple flowers on stalks in late summer.

  • Plant in full sun
  • Plant in organic soil that is well-drained; divide every few years as needed
  • Height: 18-24 inches; Width: 12-18 inches

Hardy in USDA zones 7-10

  • Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; cut back and mulch in fall.
  • Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; cut back and mulch in fall.
  • Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; cut back and mulch in fall.
  • Zone 10: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; cut back and mulch in fall.

Sweet Viburnum

sweet viburnum is noted for its fragrant flowers

This is a large deciduous shrub or small tree noted for its white fragrant lacecap-like flowers in mid spring and red fruit in fall.

  • Plant in rich, moisture-retentive, slightly acidic soil; water during dry periods in growing season
  • Plant in full sun to partial shade
  • Prune after flowering in spring; fertilize in late spring
  • Height: 15-20 feet; Width: 8-10 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 8-9:

  • Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; water when dry and fertilize in spring
  • Zone 9: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; water when dry and fertilize in spring

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