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5 Interesting Plants for the Yard ...

By Aprille

I think adding some plants with character to a garden is an excellent way to spruce things up a bit. The following 5 interesting plants for the yard might give you some new ideas for your gardening or landscaping needs. They each have their own striking characteristics, making them stand out in your mind whenever you see them for the first time.

5 Hardy Fuchsia

If you’ve seen the small hanging baskets with fuchsia in them and thought they were gorgeous, then wait until you see this plant. It is a hardy bush that can reach a height of 6 feet. It will grow in full sun, full shade, and anywhere in between. Gardeners living in colder climates will need to apply a heavy layer of mulch around this plant in the fall. The magenta and purple blossoms appear in the early portion of summer and continue until the middle of fall.

4 Royal Purple Smoke Tree

This is an excellent tree for accenting any landscape. The maximum height this tree reaches is around 10 feet. The feather-like flowers show up in the middle of summer and stay gorgeous until October. If you wish to make hedges out of these beautiful trees, then you simply have to keep them trimmed to a shorter height. Preferred zones for growing the Smoke Tree are 4 to 8.

3 Weeping Pussy Willow

Pussy willows and weeping willows are two trees that add character to the garden. This tree combines the best of both these trees and creates an exceptional ornamental tree that is extremely compact. It can reach a height of 6 to 8 feet and prefers full to partial sunshine. Of course, it likes moist soil best of all and will do well in zones 4 to 8, even over the winter.

2 Red Twig Dogwood Hedge

If you’re looking for a low-growing hedge to place for accents around the garden, then this is the one. It keeps its vibrant red color all winter long. During the summer you can enjoy bright green leaves and branches filled with clusters of white flowers. This plant does well in zones 2 to 8. It can be allowed to grow to its full height of 9 feet or trimmed to keep it a smaller hedge.

1 Harry Lauders Walking Stick

The twisted limbs of this plant make it one of the most interesting plants I’ve ever seen. The tree grows to be between 6 and 7 feet tall and sprouts a sparse collection of leaves on each contorted branch. It grows well in zones 3 to 8 and also does well in the sun or shade.

If you already have any of these plants in your garden, please feel free to share what you think about them. Is there any special reason you chose this particular plant?

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