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What Type Of Plants Can Survive In The City?

Smoke and dust have nothing on these green troopers

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Photography: Gardener’s World and 99ROOTS.com via Pinterest (Main Photo)

Yellowing leaves, scorched stems, and stunted growth—these are just some of the tell-tale signs of an unhealthy garden. Before concluding that you’re not fit to grow a fine green corner, you should know that pollution plays a big role in taking life out of plants, especially if you live in a home near busy streets.

Fortunately, you don’t have to give up on gardening completely as there are some plants that can protect themselves against toxic gases and heat damage. These plants are also generally low-maintenance and they grow back quickly when impaired. Find out which green wonder you should add to your backyard immediately with the help of our handy guide: 

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Berberis

Berberis, commonly known as barberry, is a large type of evergreen shrubs found in temperate and tropical regions. These shrubs grow between one to five meters tall with attractive stems or colorful spines. It can tolerate wretched soil, extreme temperature, hot wind, drought or pollution as long it is trimmed and watered regularly. 

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Buddleja

Commonly known as the butterfly bush, buddleja is a genus comprising over 140 species of flowering plants found mostly in Asia and Africa. When growing this type of shrub, it’s better to go for compact varieties rather than the rangy ones as they don’t lose whole branches in the summer. Buddlejas also have a preference for alkaline soil, but other than that it can take care of itself. 

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Carex testacea

Carex testacea is known among experienced gardeners as a great choice for roadside planting as it doesn’t mind consistent sunlight exposure. In the summer, it grows brown flower spikes that droop gracefully as it ages. It also requires very little care as long as it is planted in moist and well-drained soil. 

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Pyracantha

Pyracanthas are evergreen shrubs that feature fierce thorns, superb flowers and red or orange berries. Its growth is strong and regularly needs pruning. Aside from being able to endure any weather condition, it is said to attract birds as it provides food and a nesting source for them—perfect for adding life to your garden! 

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Skimmias

Skimmias are shrubs with glossy leaves that provide a lovely foil to their fragrant white or yellowish flowers. They can be planted any time of year, as long as it is not waterlogged or dry soil. It also prefers minimal shade but avoid growing it in full sun as the leaves are guaranteed to turn yellow. 

SOURCE: Woman’s Weekly (35 Tough Plants—For Tough Places In Your Garden!)

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