Annuals, Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Decorative fruit or berries
Some kinds of corn are grown for the beauty of their shelled ears rather than for eating. Calico, Indian, Squaw, and Rainbow are some names given to strains with bright-colored kernels —red, brown, blue, gray, black, yellow, or mixed colors. —Indian Summer— has brightly colored, edible kernels. Grow ornamental corn well away from sweet corn; mix of pollen can affect the latter—s flavor.
For ornamental display, grow like sweet corn, but let ears ripen fully; silks will be withered, husks will turn the color of straw, and kernels will be firm. Cut ear from plant, including 1 1/2 in. of stalk below ear; pull back husks (leave attached to ears) and dry thoroughly.
Zea mays japonica includes several kinds of corn grown for ornamental foliage. One occasionally sold is —Gracilis—, a dwarf corn with bright green leaves striped white.
From tropical America, this perennial twining vine is commonly grown as an annual. Showy and ornamenta...
Bushy plants grow to 12–15 in. high and 9 in. wide. Lance-shaped leaves to 3 1/2 in. long; flowe...
A cabbage relative of unusual appearance. Mature plant has a crown of fairly large leaves, and its tal...