17 Ornamental Plants for Your Garden

Like those beautiful flowers, ornamental plants can make your garden more enchanted. Ornamental plants are always improved each year. The plants that grow in the wild are planted as the collections for the garden. Here are the lists of ornamental plants for your garden.

1. Tamarind

Tamarind Tree

This tree usually planted on the sidewalk. Tamarind has strong stem and generally used as bonsai also. This African tropic plant begins to be famous as a decoration plants. Tamarind can grow up to 50 feet. It has small brown acidic fruit. This tree can be planted beside your wall or pond.

2. Japanese Bamboo

Bamboo Tree

Japanese Bamboo is categorized as Gramineae family. This plant is originated from Japan and China. They can grow up to 20 feet.  This thick bamboo usually planted beside the wall. This bamboo can be used as natural fence. They can be planted between the rocks formation on your garden.

3. Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree is a sub tropic plants originated from the Canary Island. Dragon tree or Dracaena draco can grow up to 40 feet. It has thick leaves with the smooth surfaces colored in green. The Dragon Tree is the perfect choice to be planted in your garden corner. It can be used as the central plant by adding a variety of bedding plants.

4. Banyan Tree


This tree can be located in most of tropic nations. This tree can grow enormously huge up to 16 feet. Banyan leaves are colored in dark green and oval shaped. They can produce their roots that hanging in the air. Banyan tree can grow in a dry soil, good drainage and sufficient sunlight. Banyan tree usually planted to get an artistic effect and they can be a good decoration plant for Japanese style garden.

5. Rubber Banyan Tree

Rubber Banyan

This banyan species has a big stem and it can grow taller. Rubber Banyan Tree or Ficus retuca originated from the subtropical area in the Southern part of China. This plant is suitable for Japanese style garden and usually planted as the main tree with the small plants accent around it.

6. Yellow Bamboo

Yellow Bamboo

This yellow colored bamboo is originated from China and Japan. They can grow up to 18 feet and the diameter is 8 cm. It has dark green leaves. Yellow Bamboo or Phyllostachys sulphurea has curvy leaves structures combined with golden yellow stem. This beautiful bamboo is suitable to be planted in group. Your fish pond will get extra natural scenery with this plant.

7. White Cedar


This tree shaped like a pyramid and they can grow up to 40 feet. White cedar’s leaves are dark green and yellow on the tip of the leaves. The stem is reddish-brown. White cedar or Thuja occidentalis can be planted on the sideline along your fence. This plant will give a strong effect for giving directions before we enter the garden.

8. Mediterranean Cypress

Mediterranean Cypress

Mediterranean Cypress or Cupressus sempervirens is a slender tress originated from South Europe, West Asia and North India. According to the history, these classic trees are always mentioned by the Greek and Romanian writers. The stems are very short and they can grow up to 40 feet. They can be planted beside the wall of your house or garden.

9. Australian pine

Australian pine

This pine is popular as the bonsai structure. Australian pine grows a lot in the coastal area. The leaves like a spiny wire and this plant is suitable for your Japanese style garden.

10. Furcracea


This tropical plant is coming from Brazil. The leaves are shaped like a sword and slippery surfaces around 30-80 cm. The tip of the leaves is sharp like a thorn. Furcracea or Furcracea gigantean Striata is categorized into Amaryllidaceae family. This plant can be planted along the side of your wall and fence.

11. Juniperus


Another tree from Japan, the tree’s stem is interesting with their spiral effect. Juniper’s fruit like a small cherry. The fruit’s colored in green and they turned into dark brown when it’s ripe. This beautiful pine can be planted in line. You can also make this plant as your natural fence.

12. Stem Cactus

Stem Cactus

This giant cactus can grow for 20 feet. Stem cactus has black colored thorns. Stem cactus has yellow little flowers and poisonus sap. They can grow in a dry soil and high intensity of sunrise. Stem Cactus or Euphorbia canariensis and these plants should be planted beside your pond or near your fence.

13. Dates


This family member of Palmae can be located in dry sub tropic and tropic area with sufficient sunlight. Dates or Phoenix dactylifera is suitable as elemental plant in a wide garden. It can be planted in the corner of your garden or as the background of gradation plants. Dates will gives majestic and tough impression. The fruit from this tree can also be harvested.

14. Bactris palm

Bactris palm

This plant commonly found in Amazon and Costa Rica. The fruits shaped like hanging peach. Bactris palm or Bactris gasipaes can be planted in a wide area of your garden. It can also be planted in the tall side of your fence/wall.

15. Manila Palm

Manila Palm

This tropical palm originated from Philippines and spread through another tropic areas. Manila palm or Veitchia merilli can grow up to 7 meter. The curved leaves are dark green. The fruits are colored in red which makes this plant more beautiful. Manila palm can grow rapidly and they are sensitive in cold weather and they can grow into maximum with a proper sunlight. Manila palm can be planted as a single plant or group with different height.

16. Triangular Palm

Triangular Palm

Triangular Palm or Neodypsis decaryi is coming from Madagascar. This palm species can be planted as a single tree in your left and right garden entrance to give friendly impression.

17. Dwarf date palm

Dwarf date palm

Dwarf date or Phoenix robbelini usually called as the mini version of dates. This plant is originated from China and India.  Their leaves are hung down with average length measured in 1,5 meters. The fruits are black. Their small appearance makes it easier for placing them as one of your garden elements. Dwarf date palm can be planted in line as the separator plants.

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