The descriptions “rare” and “unusual” are too often synonymous with “delicate” and “fussy”—a warning to any gardener that a plant might take more effort than it’s worth. And yet, there are a host of marvelous plants to consider that are underused and undemanding—as long as you choose both the plant and its site wisely.
When it comes to plants, taking the road less traveled can bring exceptional texture, form, color, and fragrance to our gardens, without adding to our already lengthy list of chores. The following uncommon and unfussy plants aren’t as difficult to find as you might think—in fact, they could very well be sitting at your local nursery. And they’ll certainly prompt friends and neighbors to point and exclaim, “What is that plant?”—a question every gardener loves to hear.
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