Plants That Only Have Green Leaves

Green-leaved plants bring in vibrancy to the garden while balancing out those plants and flowers with color. Grown in a wide range of greens from chartreuse to deep emerald green, all green-leaved plants help to create a showy display to the garden. Some green plants are shade-loving to tuck along a favorite shaded area of the garden, while others prefer full sun. Nestled within containers, plants with only green leaves help to create a unified and harmonious garden design.

Hosta Guacamole

A variety of hosta, hosta guacamole (Hosta 'Guacamole') is a perennial plant with shiny, avocado-green leaves--hence the name. The leaves' margins are darker green, outlining each leaf for a striking garden display. Hosta guacamole has a rapid growth rate and grows in upright clumps. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, hosta guacamole is an ideal plant to grow along a border or flanking a garden pathway. Hosta guacamole emerges in late summer to light up the garden into fall. Hosta guacamole requires a smattering of shade to light sun and moist, well-drained soil. To grow in other areas of the garden, divide the hosta in spring or fall. The USDA Hardiness Zones for planting are 3 to 8.

Christmas Fern

Christmas fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) is an evergreen plant with glossy, deep green fronds and a moderate growth rate. The fronds on Christmas fern grow 1 to 2 feet tall to create a striking display in the garden. The fronds keep their deep green color throughout the year for a constant source of color. During winter, the Christmas fern lies flat on the ground, eventually perking up in spring. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, Christmas fern is an ideal fern variety to plant as a ground cover in the garden or tucked within containers for a front porch. The frost tolerant Christmas fern tolerates a wide range of growing conditions, including overly moist to very dry soils. Christmas ferns thrive in full to part shade and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. Plant in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8.

Dwarf Yaupon Holly

Dwarf yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria 'Nana') is an evergreen shrub with dark green leaves that grow up to 1 1/2 inches long. Growing 3 to 5 feet tall and 3 to 6 feet wide, dwarf yaupon holly has a moderate growth rate and medium to fine texture. The dense, rounded mound-like form on dwarf yaupon holly has tightly-knit branches. Drought-tolerant, dwarf yaupon holly is an ideal shrub to grow along a backyard patio or planted in masses along a garden wall. Dwarf yaupon holly shrubs require full sun to part shade to thrive. Versatile, dwarf yaupon holly shrubs tolerate a wide range of soil conditions, including dry and wet soils. The zones for planting are 7 to 10.

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