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Plants Letter G

Plants letter G is all about great plants presenting aroma, with different colors and textures. Below are 8 different varieties starting with G, for you to consider in your upcoming garden or landscape project.


Sub-tropical and tropical climates are the ideal place to have a Gardenia, one of the most fragrant evergreen shrubs and trees. There are over two hundred species in the Gardenia family. This plant family is native to tropical Asia and South Africa.

Gardenia August Beauty Green and Yellow Foliage

The shrubs will grow in zones seven through eleven in the United States. In zone seven they are very frost tender, but still will survive. The larger variety can grow up to ten feet tall.

Most specimens will grow four to six feet tall and wide. The creamy off-white flower appears in late spring and continue throughout the summer months.

This great shrub is an ideal specie to plant near a deck or patio. The sweet aroma is one of the most magnificent smelling flowers in their climate zones.


There are around one hundred and seventy species of Gaultheria. These evergreen shrubs are native to moist climates all over the world. Gaultheria will can also be seen in the mountainous areas of the warm climates.

This plant family has dark glossy leaves and bell shaped pink or white flowers. The Prickly Heath variety will mature to about five feet tall, and very popular in Chile and Argentina.

Gaultheria prefers well drained soil with an acid base. The plants should be somewhat sheltered and prefers partial shade. After flowering, fragrant berries appear on the shrub, making this specie a great season to season plant for many styles of gardens.


There are about 90 species in the Genista family, which can be both deciduous and evergreens.

The Genista specimens are native in Europe, the Mediterranean, and western Asia.

The yellow fragrant flowers dominate this plant, and sometimes the leaves are very inconspicuous. The specie can take full sun and is great in mass planting.

The plants grow to around three feet tall, and will sprawl out to about three feet wide. The Genista family will grow well in zones seven through nine in the United States.


The Gleditsia - Locust plant family is native to North and South America, Africa, and Asia. In the United States the Locust will grow well in zones three through nine.

It is a very popular deciduous tree in the eastern and central states in the United States. Some of the species can mature up to one hundred feet in height. They are fast growers and their flowers are not really seen.

In the fall and into the winter months, pods will hang from the branches. A great specimen in and around evergreen trees and shrubs.


There are about seventy species that make up the Gordonia genus.

These evergreen trees and shrubs are native to Southeast Asia with one specie in the United States. They are similar in leaf and flower structure to the Camellia Sasanqua and Japonica. Read more about these two plants via the Evergreen link at the bottom of the page.

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Grevillea is a large family consisting of around two hundred and fifty species. It is native to Australia.

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They will do well in zones nine through eleven. The flowers emerge in the spring and have great spikes of cream, red, and vibrant pink tones.

Hummingbirds are attracted to the Grevillea specie. The specimens do well in drained soil and can take full sun. These plants will thrive in coastal regions.


This small plant family, Greyia, has only three species. It is native to South Africa and will do well in zones nine through eleven in the United States.

Greyia are evergreen to semi-evergreen shrubs and small trees. They love full sun, and warm, dry climates.

The Natal Bottlebrush variety is a popular specimen that can grow up to ten feet tall. It can be seen in the dryer hills of South Africa. The Bottlebrush has clusters of bell shaped flowers that appear in late winter and early spring. The red-orange flowers are brilliant in mass plantings.

In the fall, the leaves turn a bright red color. This specimen can be propagated from seed in the springtime, and cuttings in the summer months.


Griselinia is a genus that consists of only six species. Griselinia is native to New Zealand, Chile, and Brazil. It will grow in zones eight through ten in the United States.

They thrive in full sun, well-drained soil, and a warm climate. The Griselinia is grown for its stunning foliage, as the flowers are very inconspicuous. Black berries appear on the female plant after flowering takes place.

In New Zealand the Kapuka variety will grow anywhere from twenty to forty feet in height. The coastal area is a popular place to see this specie. In some of the cooler areas, the Kapuka will need protection. It's a very unique looking plant specimen.

Other Articles You Might Be Interested In.

Tropical Plants --- Evergreen Varieties

Deciduous Plants --- Read More About Other Specimens (Besides Plants Letter G)

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