Common Green Plants

There are many plants known for their lush green foliage. These leafy plants are great centerpieces in gardens, used well in containers and added to give texture and fullness to areas under trees. Common green plants have many different color ranges of green and their textures and leaf styles can add a multitude of visuals to any landscape.

Asparagus Fern

Protasparagus densiflorus, commonly known as the asparagus fern, is a perennial shrub that is evergreen and drought tolerant. This fern is a fast grower and it is easy to grow as well. Light green feathery stems are 2 to 6 feet long with ½ inch white flowers in the summer. Red berries will come after the flowers fade. Plant an asparagus fern in partial shade as it will yellow if put in direct sun. Grow this from a root mass division or by seed to propagate. It is hardy in zones 9 through 12 in the USDA hardiness map.


Parsley is from the carrot family and known as Petroselinum crispum. It is a fragrant annual that is used as a breath freshener and a garnish. It grows 12 inches high and wide with divided leaves and yellow flowers in its second growing season. Flavors for parsley are generally nut-like. Plant parsley seeds in full or partial sunlight with regular soil and watering. It will grow best between temperatures of 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Saw Palmetto

An evergreen palm that is drought tolerant, the saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) will grow to 20 feet tall. Green to blue-green fronds are 2 to 8 feet above the ground and are 2 to 3 feet wide. It is grown from seed and is hardy in USDA hardiness zones of 8 through 10. Planting a saw palmetto should be in full sun and moist soil, but it can tolerate both drought and partial sunlight.


The hosta from the lily family is a perennial that is also known as the plantain lily or Hosta spp. While the size and colors of the foliage vary according to the cultivar, it is a mound of leaves that range from 6 inches to 36 inches high and wide. There are some lily-like flowers that appear on stalks in the summer, but it is mainly grown for its leaves. Plant it in fertile, moist soil in partial to full shade conditions. Propagate by division. A hosta is hardy in USDA hardiness zones of 3 through 9.


The Christmas favorite mistletoe is botanically known as Phoradendron leucarpum and is a perennial. It is a clump forming plant that gets 1 to 3 feet wide with leather-like leaves and white or yellow berries. It grows in trees, more so in pecan trees and live oaks than others, and can be seen well in deciduous trees that have lost their leaves. Seeds can be placed on branches after removing them from the berries to attempt propagation, but it's usually done by birds. It is found in USDA zones of 6 through 11.

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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.