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6. Foxtail Fern (Asparagus densiflorus)
These hardy, drought-tolerant evergreens have emerald-green bottlebrush plumes with small needle-like leaves, and ornamental red berries from mid to late summer. Their feathery fronds work well in hanging baskets, pots, or in a border with other moisture-loving plants. Enjoys a mix of full to filtered light. Must dry out between waterings.

 

 

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7. Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
Flowering dogwood trees are beloved for their delicate, year-round beauty and star-like white blooms that show off in spring. Leaves turn a vibrant red in fall. Plant as a specimen tree or in small groupings near patios, woodlands, or bird gardens. Likes a humus-rich soil.

 

 

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8. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
The quintessential mid-century plant, Monstera features beautifully shaped, architectural leaves. A species of evergreen tropical vines/shrubs native to Central America. Dubbed the 'Swiss Cheese Plant' because of their natural leaf holes. Take advantage of their extravagant size by planting in-ground, though they thrive nearly as well in containers.

 

 

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9. Rice-Paper Plant (Tetrapanax papyrifer)
These tropical-looking, fast-growing perennials have fuzzy stems and large, sculptural leaves. White flowers bloom summer to fall. This plant grows wide and can reach heights of up to 12 feet. Nearly any type of soil is fine, but will thrive and grow fastest in rich, moist, well-drained soil.

 

 

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10. Variegated Lily (Liriope muscari veriegata)
These evergreen perennial grasses are a favorite among landscapers for their vibrant green and creamy-white striped leaves. They can be planted as a border or as ground cover among other plants. Will tolerate a wide range of light conditions and soils but does best in medium-moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.