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Here are 17 beautiful and low-maintenance plants.

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Fountain Grass(10 of 17)

Pennisetum alopecuroides

  • Perennial grass with narrow shiny leaves and stems with creamy beige/pink seed heads

  • Plant in organic soil that is well-drained.

  • Plant in full sun; prune while dormant in winter

  • Divide every few years in early spring

  • Can spread invasively by seed

  • Height: 2-3 feet

  • Width: 2-3 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 6-9:

  • Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

  • Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first hard frost; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

  • Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

  • Zone 9: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; fertilize in spring with balanced fertilizer.

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