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Plant Personalities

When people talk about plants, they often mention their size, shape, color, or texture, all characteristics that give plants their personality.

Certain plants are the extroverts of the plant world, acting like loud and energetic attention-getters. Think of the bright, bold foliage of croton or the giant pendant flowers of a golden angel's trumpet.

Other plants are introverts—quiet, calm, and happy to be in the background. Examples include wispy ornamental grasses like bamboo muhly or reliable evergreens like Florida anise.

If you use plants with the right personalities, you can create the perfect energy or mood for any garden. Using plant introverts outside your bedroom window can create a relaxing view, while extroverts could add pop and pizzaz to your backyard.

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