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Decorating Your Yards with Drama

One of the ways many people catch your eye in when passing by in your car is by creating a beautiful front yard. Sometimes your eye is caught by a huge splash of color or by exotic looking flowers or foliage. There are a number of plants that you can use to create drama in your garden with little to no experience.

Since most palms, birds-of-paradise and bananas are very common, even though exotic looking, here are some plants you should consider that will add surprise to any yard.

  • Corkscrew Willow - This tree has a fountain-like structure with branches and leaves that spiral downwards. Many floral arrangers use their bare twigs in their arrangements.
  • Chondropetalum - This plant forms clumps with dark green arching reeds that look like a fiber optics lamp 4' tall and 10' wide.
  • Scirpus - A mimic of the Chondropetalum, it has slender, foot-long arching green filaments tipped with a small white flower. Use it in a pedestal pot. If the soil is modified, you can also use it in a water filled container or pond.
  • Strelitzia juncea - Think of a Japanese Ikebana flower arrangement with reeds and Bird-of-Paradise flowers. This plant provides the perfect reeds. The leaves have no blades, just reed-like stalks.
  • Aloe bainsii, Dracaena draco and Bottle Palm - All of these plants have bold tapering trunks and simple branching tipped with rosettes of arching leaves.
  • Traveler's Tree - An exotic plant, this tree develops a palm-like trunk topped with up to thirty 10 foot long banana-like leaves. They are arranged evenly with a flat, fan-like symmetry.
  • Weeping Mulberry - While a small tree which is at its best in winter when you can see the branching, it is a haven for kids and birds in the summer with all of its small berries.
  • Zamia furfuracea - Also known as Cardboard Palm, this tree has a trunk like a typical Sago palm. However instead of feathery leaves, it has Bullwinkle's antlers. A sun-loving palm, the leaves will look like a cartoon character if grown in the shade.
  • Zamioculcas - Part of the Philodendron family, this plant is relatively new as a house plant. Easy to grow, it is perfect for an end table.
  • Other Plants to Consider - Pride of Madiera, Tolleson's Weeping Juniper, Dasylirion wheeleri, Dasylirion longissimum, Ocotillo
  • Caution - Before buying, check with your local nursery to make sure you have the right soil conditions and climate.


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