Specimen plants are usually grown in gardens and landscapes to create focal points. These plants are often characterized by unusual form, bold colors, attractive flowers, or lovely foliage. Best specimen plants have year-round foliage, compact growth and low maintenance needs. When grown indoor, small specimen plants can be used to brighten up small spaces by creating focal points or create dramatic effects by placing these plants at strategic spots. When grown outdoors, large specimen plants can be used to fill spaces or create permanent displays.

    Some of the best specimen plants that are always at the top of my list include:

    Colocasia esculenta – A nice specimen plant grown for its large, attractive foliage.

    Taro, Best Specimen Plants

    Pennisetum setaceum – Commonly known as ‘purple fountain grass’ is a beautiful specimen plant for growing outdoors.

    Pennisetum Setaceum 'Rubrum'

    Pennisetum Setaceum ‘Rubrum’, Image by Matt Lavin

    Miscanthus sinensis is a bold, upright and attractive grass.

    Miscanthus Sinensis Grass

    Miscanthus Sinensis, Image via Wikipedia

    Acer palmatum or ‘Japanese Maple’ is a small tree with interesting and colorful foliage.


    Dioscorea elephantipes is a beautiful specimen plan known for its unusual form.

    Best Specimen Plant - Dioscorea elephantipes

    Pachypodium lamerei or the ‘Madagascar Palm’ is another beautiful specimen plant for growing outdoors.

    unusual plant pachypodium lamerei