Plants That Grow in Fresh Air

There are some plants that are suited better as indoor plants, some equally suited for indoor or outdoor use, and some better as outdoor plants. These plants will grow and thrive well in the wide-open fresh air environment. Using garden flowers to brighten up a patio and the landscape is a homeowner's way to be creative and add value to their property. The plants that grow in fresh air may need sun or shade, so check cultivar before purchase.

Mexican Zinnia

Mexican zinnia, or Zinnia haageana, is from the aster/daisy family and is also known as orange zinnia or narrow-leaved zinnia. It is a drought-resistant annual that attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. Leaves are two to three inches long and narrow with orange ray flowers one and a half inches wide. The annual will get two feet tall and half as wide. Plant this one in full sun in any soil. Propagate via seed and grow in warm seasons without frost.

Butter Daisy

Butter daisy, or Melampodium divaricatum, is from the aster/daisy family and is an easy-to-grow and fast-growing annual. Flowers are plentiful and yellow on this summer annual, and they are nearly one inch wide and daisy-like. Leaves are bright green and it has an incredible self-seeding habit. Plant this one in well-drained soil in good sunny locations. Propagate by that self-seeding feature. It is grown in USDA hardiness zones of 5 to 10.

Mexican Orange

Mexican orange, or Choisya ternata, is from the citrus family and is a fragrant evergreen shrub that is drought tolerant. It will get six to eight feet tall and almost as wide with two to three inch long leaves that are aromatic when bruised. Flowers are white and fragrant, about one inch wide. Plant this one in well-drained soil with full sun in the north and light shade in the south. Propagate via semi-ripe tip cuttings and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 8 to 10.

Jimsonweed

Jimsonweed, or Datura stramonium, is from the nightshade family. It is an easy-to-grow annual that will get three to four feet tall with purple, white, or lavender trumpet-like white flowers that get two to four inches long. Leaves are eight inches long and smell foul. Plant this in full sun to partial shade conditions in average soil. Propagate via seed and grow in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9.

Broadleaf Woodsorrel

Broadleaf woodsorrel, or Oxalis latifolia, is from the oxalis family. It is a perennial that has two-inch triangle leaflets with funnel-like flowers one inch wide. Flowers are in clusters all summer and fall. Plant this in partial shade in moisture-retentive soil. Propagate via bulbils on runners underground and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 8 to 11.

Glossy Abelia

Glossy abelia, or Abelia x grandiflora, is from the honeysuckle family. It is an evergreen fragrant shrub that is easy to grow. It can get 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide but the average is more like three to five feet high. Leaves are one to two inches and glossy dark green with pinkish white funnel-like flowers two and a half inches long. Plant this one in full sun to partial shade in any soil that isn't completely dry or waterlogged. Propagate via softwood tip cuttings and grow in USDA hardiness zones of 6 to 9.

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About this Author

Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years (in health and gardening topics) and a writer for 20 years. She has one book, "A Georgia Native Plant Guide," offered through Mercer University Press. She is happy to be a LIVESTRONG writer.