Plants that grow with seed can be propagated easily and may self sow under the right planting conditions. For gardeners, this means that seed plants can give them fuller gardens quicker. Plants with seed are able to be used in neighborhood seed swaps.
Lady Palm, or Rhapis excelsa, is from the Arecacea/Palmae, or palm, family. It is an evergreen palm that is good for shady spots or containers. The plant gets 10 feet tall with divided green leaves 1-inch long on 12- to 18-inch stems. Plant a lady palm in shade to partial shade in most soils. Propagate from clump division or by seed.
Lanceleaf Tickseed, or Coreopsis lanceolata, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. It is an easy growing perennial that will attract butterflies. Leaves are 6 inches long with 1.5- to 2.5-inch flowerheads on 2-foot-tall stems. Flowers are yellow but can have brown or red in them as well. Plant a lanceleaf tickseed in poor soil in full sun or partial shade with regular watering. Propagate via spring seed sowing, root division or basal softwood cuttings.
Yellow Anise, or Illicium parviflorum, is from the Illiciaceae, or illicium, family. It is a fragrant evergreen that is drought resistant. This shrub gets 20 feet tall and 10 to 15 feet wide. Leaves are 3.5 to 5 inches long and 1 to 2 inches wide and are fragrant. Greenish yellow flowers are small and under an inch wide. Plant a yellow anise in sandy acidic soils with full shade to sun. Propagate via cuttings or seed.
Brazilian Vaseplant, or Aechmea distichantha, is from the Bromeliaceae, or pineapple, family. It is an evergreen perennial. Strap like leaves are 3 feet long and dull green. Flowers on spikes include blue, white and purple hues. Plant a Brazilian vaseplant in bright light without direct sun and water regularly. Propagate via offsets or by fresh seed.
Dominican Palm, or Sabal domingensis, is from the Arecacea/Palmae, or palm, family. It is a drought resistant palm with a 60-foot height and a 2-foot-wide trunk. Plant a Dominican palm in any soil in bright sunny locations. Spring and summer fertilization is optimal. Propagate via seed. Two to six months are needed for seed germination.