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Chinese Fountain Grass

Chinese fountain grass is a beautiful perennial that looks particularly impressive in fall. In late summer and fall its stems, topped by cylindrical, purple-tinged bristles, arch over the deep green foliage. Learn about this interesting decorative grass.

Elephant's Ear

Elephant's ear is a tropical plant with large heart-shaped leaves and prominent veins. It does not flourish in cold and temperate climates, but in warm areas it is an evergreen. Learn about this perennial at HowStuffWorks.

Yellow Ginger Lily

Yellow ginger lily is a fragrant tropical perennial that blooms in late summer. It prefers full sun and moist soil and can successfully be planted in a container. Read about this striking plant and how to care for it.


The popular musa, or banana plant, is neither a tree nor a palm but a perennial. It's bright green foliage grows quickly and can become quite large. Read about this green giant and how to care for it.


Calamint is a perennial herb. It produces tiny white or lilac flowers in late summer and fall and loves the sun. Great for the scented garden, it also attracts the attention of the local bee population. Learn about this lovely mint.

Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine is as pretty and fragrant as regular jasmine, but it blossoms in winter. Although its name may hint at a preference for cold conditions, it is a perennial vine for warmer climates. Learn how to grow this perennial vine at home.

Rose Geranium

Rose geraniums are beautiful floral perennials that have lovely scents ranging from floral to spicy. They will grow in pots, hanging baskets, or as bedding plants. Learn how to make them thrive in your garden.

Ostrich Fern

The ostrich fern has large, featherlike fronds. It is good for naturalizing and can be successfully grown almost anywhere. It prefers moist shade although the ostrich fern's beautiful foliage will flourish under a variety of conditions. Read about this fern.

Royal Fern

The royal fern has tall elegant fronds. It prefers acidic soil but is otherwise not particularly demanding. This tall, upright fern sprouts long, elegantly divided fronds that have a subtle pinkish cast when young. Learn more about the royal fern.

Northern Sea Oats

Northern sea oats is a 3-foot tall perennial that is reminiscent of bamboo. It prefers a partially shady garden spot and will tolerate most climates. Learn about this plant's preferred growing conditions and how to care for Northern sea oats.

Tufted Hairgrass

Tufted hairgrass is an ornamental grass that remains green all year round. Small, brown flower spikes are produced in summer that last into the winter. Learn about its usages and care instructions of tufted hairgrass in this article.

Avena Grass

Avena grass, or blue oat grass, has yellow flower spikes in summer and silvery blue leaves. This interesting plant makes a fine structural accent and will thrive in a dry, sunny area. Learn more about this distinctive plant.

Hosta Tardiflora

Hosta tardiflora grows slowly, unlike most other hostas. It does gain in size over time but will not spread much. Its dark green leaves have a thick texture, and the large racemes of pale purple flowers appear in autumn. Learn about this hosta.

Hard Fern

The hard fern, or deer fern, is fairly easy to grow, as it tolerates dryness better than most other ferns. As an evergreen garden plant, it can withstand frosty winters. Read about this hardy evergreen.

Golden Scaled Male Fern

This hardy evergreen gets its name from the golden scales on its stems. The rich green fronds grow upright in a graceful, arching shape and can grow as large as four feet tall.

Male Fern

Male fern is an attractive garden plant with large foliage. Its tolerance for sun and dryness makes it easy to care for. Its large, arching fronds that typify the fern family make it very attractive. Read about this plant.

Hosta Fortunei

Hosta fortunei is just one of many different kinds of hostas. Pale violet flowers add a nice touch to the plant, making these wonderful accents for shade. Read more about this species, which has beautiful variegated leaves.

Hosta Francee

Hosta 'Francee' is a quick-growing shade plant that has large heart-shaped leaves of green and cream-colored edges. Spikes of lavender trumpet-shaped flowers appear in summer, enhancing the show. Learn about this perennial.

Hosta Sieboldiana

Hosta sieboldiana is not fond of the sun; however, in the shade it will produce wonderful blue-gray leaves and lilac flowers. Like other hostas, it is easy to care for and will continue to flourish year after year. Learn more about it.

Hosta Sieboldii

Hosta sieboldii has narrow leaves with irregular edges. Besides being a great garden plant, it carries decorative pods. It prefers shade over sun, is well-suited as ground cover and is also highly frost tolerant. Read more about it.

Hosta Ventricosa

Hosta ventricosa usually comes true from seed. It has heart-shaped leaves that may be solid or variegated. Like most hostas it grows relatively quickly and is easy to care for. Find out about this garden perennial.

Sweet Rocket

Sweet rocket, or dame's violet, bears fragrant lilac flowers, whose scent is stronger at night than by day. Though short-lived, the plants often self-sow, making them good candidates for naturalizing. Learn about caring for sweet rocket.


Rudbeckia is a relative of the black-eyed Susan. Like its cousin, this perennial is the perfect country garden plant. The 3-5 feet plants bloom from July to September and have golden-petaled flowers with dark, raised centers. Learn about rudbeckia.

Hosta Decorata

Hosta decorata is a strong perennial that will survive a frosty winter. Numerous lilac, trumpet-shaped flowers appear in panicles in midsummer, and the plant spreads to form a ground cover. Find uses and preferences for hosta decorata in this article.

Rose Campion

Rose campion is a beautiful, tall, and colorful garden classic that oozes nostalgic charm. Popular in English gardens as long ago as 1597, this classic garden plant makes a good cut flower. Learn about this plant, its history, and its uses.