Decorative plants are plants which are grown for display purposes, rather than functional ones.
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While some plants are both decorative and functional, people usually use decorative plants to refer to plants which have no value beyond being attractive, although many people feel that this is value enough. Decorative plants are the keystone of decorative gardening, and they come in a range of shapes, sizes and colors suitable to a broad array of climates, landscapes, and gardening needs.
With their unique shapes, it is possible to grow decorative plants in your gardens.
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Plants like vines are grown so that they can be trained onto trellises, fences, and other garden features, while plants with unusual growth habits such as twisting trunks may be cultivated to add texture to a garden. Another decorative plant such as evergreen trees and shrubs may be shaped with repeated pruning and trimming to create hedges and topiaries which draw the eye.
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Flowering decoratives are a key aspect of many gardens, with many flower gardeners preferring to plant a variety of flowers so that the garden is continuously in flower through the spring and summer. Depending on the types of plants being grown, the flowers may be subtle and delicate, or large and showy, with some decorative plants producing distinctive aromas which paint a palette of scents in addition to colors.
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Garden supply stores and nurseries carry a wide assortment of decorative plants, and most are capable of ordering special plants by request. Decoratives can be grown indoors as houseplants or outdoors as part of a garden. Some things to consider when buying decoratives include the climate you live in, which will dictate the types of plants you want to buy, and the type of garden you are growing.