The Best Landscape Plants

Landscape plants and flowers help to create an attractive garden and add color and texture to the space. Grown in a wide range of shapes and sizes, the best landscape plants are oftentimes perennials, meaning that once planted, they come back year after year. Having a drought-tolerance also helps to ensure a healthy plant and one that withstands limited amounts of moisture.

Lindley Butterfly Bush

Lindley butterfly bush (Buddleia lindleyana) is a rapidly growing evergreen bush that will have the garden in bloom in a short period of time. As an evergreen, it retains its colorful foliage all year long, including winter, when most other plants have died down for the season. Lindley butterfly bushes grow up to 6 feet tall and have a spread of 5 to 7 feet wide. They have a rounded form with arching branches that hold the colorful blooms. The 3- to 8-inch-long panicles are purple to violet and attract butterflies to the garden. Each flower grows on new growth and begins blooming in late spring to early summer to last into the summer season. The shiny, 2- to 4-inch-long narrow leaves are dark green to gray green. Lindley butterfly bushes are drought tolerant and the best landscape shrub to plant in climates where moisture is limited. They grow best in full sun and moist, well-drained soil but tolerate a wide range of soil varieties, creating a versatile landscape plant. Plant in USDA zones 7 to 9.

Common Boxwood

Common boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) is an evergreen shrub that is suitable to grow in USDA zones 5 to 8. It has a rounded, dense form with foliage that reaches down to the ground. Common boxwood reaches a maximum height of 20 feet tall and has a spread of 10 to 15 feet wide. It is easy to transplant and drought tolerant, making for a hardy landscape shrub. The small dark green, shiny leaves grow up to 1-inch long and cast an orange tinge in winter. Common boxwood grows best in full sun to partial shade and in well-drained, moist soil. It prefers a soil pH level of 6 or higher.

Lance-leaved Coreopsis

Lance-leaved coreopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata) is a hardy perennial flower that is drought, heat and humidity tolerant, qualities that make it an ideal landscape plant. It grows up to 3 feet tall and has a spread of 1 to 3 feet. The solitary, bright yellow-toothed edged petals are flat and begin blooming in early summer to last through the season. Lance-leaved coreopsis has a clumping growth habit and vigorous growth rate to have the summer garden in color in a short period of time. They grow best in full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. To ensure a long flowering season, deadhead the spent blooms. Plant lance-leaved coreopsis in USDA zones 4 to 9.

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.