Tough-As-Nails Plants

Creating an eye-catching garden doesn't require a degree in horticulture — what you need are low-maintenance plants that can handle a variety of conditions. Try growing these foolproof selections in your garden.

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Fountain grass

This graceful perennial grass (Pennisetum setaceum) grows 3 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide, decorating the garden with eye-catching plumes throughout the summer and into the fall.

Fountain grass tolerates a wide variety of conditions, from dry, gravely sites to moist locations. For best growth and coloration, plant in a sunny, well-drained location. Fountain grass dies back in the winter months, even in warm climates. In northern locations, grow the plant as an annual, or dig it up in the fall and overwinter indoors. USDA Zones: 8 to 10


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