Palms and cycads
Neither ferns nor palms, these evergreen plants are primitive, cone-bearing relatives of conifers, excellent for tropical effects. A rosette of dark green, feathery leaves grows from a central point at the top of a single trunk (sometimes several trunks). Eventually as wide as tall. Female plants bear conspicuous, egg-shaped, red to orange seeds.
Native to Japan. As a 2–3-ft. tall youngster, has an airy, fernlike appearance; with age (grows very slowly to as high as 10 ft.), looks more like a palm. Leaves are 2–3 ft. long (larger on very old plants), divided into many narrow, leathery segments. Tough, tolerant house or patio plant; also good subject for bonsai.
Native to southwestern U.S. and Mexico. Grows to 15–30 ft. tall and wide. Yellow-green bark, spi...
Grows to 3 ft. high and wide, with gray-green, slightly cupped leaves and light blue flowers. ‘C...
Dense grower to 5 ft. tall and wide, with bright green leaves and lavender flowers. ‘Lynn&r...