In order to have an attractive and inviting home, it is vital that you have plants and decorations that improve the curb appeal of your property. While you can depend upon the typical choices of gardeners in the mid-west, you can incorporate one or more of the following plants to create a stunning presentation you and your neighbors will appreciate:
Windmill Palm Tree
Though palm trees are frequently associated with tropical weather, this hardy tree, which hails from China, is able to withstand sub-freezing temperatures. It can reach 40 feet in height, though many prefer to keep them groomed to half that size. The spread of leaves on a full-sized plant will range from 6 to 10 feet at the top.
Although these can thrive when planted in the ground, they also make excellent container plants, giving you more control over the size and location of your easy to care for evergreen palm. The flowers are a creamy yellow, and it produces blue fruit in season. You will need to provide partial shade, and make sure that the soil is well-drained.
With proper care and mulching, this plant, which is sometimes referred to as the Japanese Fiber Banana, can withstand extremely cold temperatures. Reaching up to 12 feet when fully grown, it is a perfect container specimen and does well indoors or outside. Requiring plenty of sunlight and fertilizer, the Musa Basjoo does produce decorative, inedible bananas. It requires a great deal of water, and growth is slowed dramatically when temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, though it will increase once the weather warms.
This herbaceous perennial is native to Missouri and is not prone to disease or attracting harmful insects. The Latin name, Asclepias incarnata, is in honor of the Greek god of medicine, Asklepios. Typically found in wetlands, such as river bottoms, the stems release a milky white sap when opened, hence the common name. It typically grows to around four feet in height, and produces clusters of white, pink and mauve flowers which are known to attract butterflies. The colorful bushes require wet soil and an abundance of sunlight.
This gorgeous shrub will make a fabulous addition to your garden with the variety of colors it produces throughout the year. During the spring, the bright white flowers make a striking contrast to the rich green foliage. During the fall, the leaves change into a wide range of colors, including a rich reddish-purple. Even during the winter, the cranberry viburnum adorns the plant with small red fruits. If desired, you can even turn the delicious fruit into jams and other desserts.
This lovely perennial brings to mind sunflowers, with their bright yellow flowers that can reach 4 inches in width easily. Though native to Illinois, they can thrive throughout the mid-west with the right care. The design of the flower holds water, which provides an even greater attraction for the wildlife that visit. Birds, and goldfinches in particular, enjoy the flowers of this plant, which reaches between three and six feet when fully grown.
When working on your new landscape design, decide which of these fascinating plants will make a great addition to your home. Whether you want to use some of the more tropical plants to create an oasis near your outdoor bar-b-que, or want to spruce up your border with one or more of the shrubs, this list is sure to give you some fabulous ideas that you can use. Enjoy the new garden that you have created for your home!