accent plant

accent plant

A design term for a plant that contrasts with its neighbors and so catches the eye.
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In landscaping, the plant can be used as a accent plant in shaded areas.
The conifer conundrum in the mid-Atlantic states can usually be solved with eastern redcedar, a wonderful evergreen that can be an accent plant anchoring a suburban home, an effective, fast-growing screen, or a formal alley bordering a long driveway.
Grow it as an accent plant among smaller plants or in a container in moisture-retentive, well-draining soil and sun or partial shade.
The philodendron plant is an excellent accent plant. It is easy to maintain and its vines grow, and grow, and grow in many directions.
It's quick to establish into stately size and produces loads of bloom, which makes it a superb accent plant for a border or pathway.
Termed the incurve of the planting, the point of convergence easily accepts a focal feature such as a specimen plant (highly attracting to the eye) or an accent plant (less attracting than a specimen plant, but sufficiently different from other plants around it to be distinctive).
The Iresine `Purple Lady' is a dark purple-leaved accent plant and is available for the first time as seed and plants.
One exception is when a single tree or tree-form plant is used as an accent plant.
Little Bunny, a dwarf fountain grass, could be considered a front border or lower growing grass, while Burgundy Giant works well as an accent plant. In addition to the fairly recognizable lemon grass, Maddox suggests Vetiveria for an aromatic grass.
At first, I thought about suggesting a strong accent plant like Phormium tenax, the new Zealand flax, with strong sword-shaped leaves to five feet.
It makes an outstanding accent plant without taking over the garden.
Orchids -- Potted orchids like Cattleya, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobium, Oncidium and Vanda are often placed in the living room as an accent plant due to their large colorful and sometimes fragrant flowers.