10 great outdoor plants

There are many tall plants for the outdoors

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There are many tall outdoor plants that can look great in a garden or in a pot. And no, not only trees: there are also palm trees, bushes and even grasses with which it is possible to create, for example, beautiful hedges.

So, if you want to know the ten most recommended species for beginners, Discover the ones we have selected for you.


Albizia julibrissin

Albizia julibrissin is a deciduous tree

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Commonly called acacia of Constantinople, it is a deciduous tree that reaches a height of 15 meters. It has an open crown 4 to 5 meters wide and produces bipinnate green leaves. Its flowers are pink and bloom throughout the spring. It is a very interesting tree to plant in small and medium-sized gardens, which resists frost down to -7ºC.

Cyperus papyrus

Papyrus is a large herbaceous plant

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Papyrus is a perennial plant with a rhizome that can reach a maximum height of 6 meters, although the most normal is that it remains at 4 meters or less. Its stems are thin, about 2-3 centimeters, and it has linear green leaves. It is perfect for growing in ponds or moist soil; It can also be kept in a pot, but under these conditions it will need to be watered frequently. It is frost resistant down to -4°C.

Antarctic Dicksonia

Dicksonia antarctica is a shade-loving tree fern

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Or as we now know, Balantium antarcticumis a tree fern that reaches a height of 15 meters, but normally remains between 4 and 5 meters. It develops an erect rhizome in the shape of a “trunk”, which can measure up to 20 centimeters in thickness. Its fronds -leaves- are green and long, up to 2 meters. Although its growth rate is slow, we are talking about a plant that can be used to decorate since it is young. Put it in the shade, in a place where the ambient humidity is high, and water it moderately. It resists down to -4ºC.

purple echinacea

Echinacea purpurea is a perennial plant

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Echinacea is a perennial herb that reaches a height of 1 meter. It has flowers similar to daisies, but with the difference that they are pink or sometimes white. It is a species that worships the sun, which is why it must be placed in a place directly exposed to the sun. In addition, it must be watered from time to time, because it is not resistant to drought. It easily withstands temperatures down to -18°C.

Lavandula angustifolia

Lavender is a perennial herbaceous plant

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Lavender is a perennial plant that it can reach between 1 and 1.5 meters in height. The leaves are lanceolate and green. It blooms in spring, producing clusters of lilac flowers, although it is important for this that it be exposed to direct sunlight. It is frost resistant down to -12ºC.

phoenix dactylifera

The date palm is a plant that produces dates

The date palm is a plant that can reach 30 meters in height, with stem or false trunk which thickens up to 40 centimeters at its base. The leaves are pinnate, 2 to 5 meters long, spiny and bluish green. It flowers in spring, and its fruits, dates, ripen in summer, but for that it needs (direct) sun, and to be on the ground. It is not a plant that can be grown in a pot. It resists down to -4ºC.

Phormium tenax

Phormium tenax is a perennial plant

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the Phormium tenax It is a perennial plant with rhizome which reaches a height of 3 meters. It develops leaves about 3 meters long, leathery and sword-shaped. This is the type of species that you would plant in a succulent garden for example, although it really can look great almost anywhere as long as it gets direct sunlight and only occasional watering. It is frost resistant down to -7ºC.

Milkwort myrtifolia

Polygala is a perennial shrub

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Polygala is an evergreen shrub that reaches a height of up to 4 meters, although it can be kept as a small tree of 1-2 meters if desired, as it is resistant to pruning. It blooms in the spring when the good weather stabilizes, and it does so by producing lilac flowers in small clusters. You must place it in a sunny place, where it receives at least 4 hours of direct light per day. But otherwise, if it is in the ground, it is drought resistant. It can withstand light frosts down to -2°C.

Strelitzia reginae

The bird of paradise plant is tall

The plant known as the bird of paradise flower It is a rhizomatous herb reaching 1.2 meters in height. which, although taking a long time to grow, is pretty even when young, with green, somewhat leathery leaves. When it blooms, something that will begin to do after five years, with the onset of spring, it produces flowers with the appearance of a tropical bird. The most interesting thing is that it can be both in a sunny place and in a somewhat sheltered one. But yes, if the temperature drops below -3°C you will have to put it at home or in a greenhouse.

glorious yucca

Yucca glorisoa is a great outdoor plant

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The glorious yuccaknown as the shining yucca or yucca, is an evergreen shrub that reaches a height of 2 meters, maximum 3. It develops a trunk that usually branches a short distance from the ground, but it is always possible to cultivate it in pots throughout its life, since it tolerates pruning and, moreover, its roots are not not invasive. But it is important that it is placed in a place where it receives direct sunlight throughout the day, otherwise it will not be able to develop properly. It resists down to -10ºC.

Which of these large outdoor plants did you like the most?

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