Dracaena Don't confuse this plant with the vegetable of the same name. This beautiful houseplant offers variegated leaves and a single upright stem -- so it resembles a decorative corn stalk without the ears. Plant several together in a large container for a fuller appearance.
New Zealand flax - Dramatic sword-like foliage of easy-to-grow perennial (Phormium tenax) adds structural element to garden. The plant's upright or arching leaves reach 9 feet long and come in green, bronze or maroon. It tolerates wide variety of soil types and is drought tolerant, although the plant performs just as well with regular watering. Fast-growing plant as an annual in the spring and summer garden. Plant in a full-sun location with good drainage. Hardiness: USDA Zones: 7 to 10
Oleanders bloom from summer to fall, with fragrant flowers in shades of apricot, copper, pink, lilac, red, purple, salmon, yellow, and white, depending on variety. The flowers are very fragrant. All parts of plant are poisonous to humans and animals if ingested - the plant's sap can cause skin irritation in some individuals. Maybe plant when the kids are older!!!