The Turquoise Puya grows in soil, and can be treated much like a cactus or succulent. It is hardy in zones 8b-11. Mature plants are said to survive temperatures down to 18-20 degrees F (-7°C) if kept relatively dry.
Pink Puya. Full of color! The Pink Puya (Puya dyckioides) is a beautiful, rare Pineapple relative from Argentina that's rarely seen in cultivation. Not only do the flowers have a gorgeous color combination, but the colors deepen as the cluster matures!
Zebra Cactus - This plant will grow well in full sun and it requires very little water. Plants are 6" tall and will grow babies around the base of the mother plant. They produce small white flowers with purple pin stripes on a long outreaching stem.
Japanese Blood Grass - a warm-season ornamental grass that is selected for its attractive, red-tipped foliage. It grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9 and thrives in sunshine and moist soil. I think I might have to give this one a try.
The dazzling Turquoise Ixia (Ixia viridiflora) has one of the rarest and most desirable colors in the plant world. Each spring, this Freesia relative sends up striking, 1½ to 2 foot tall flower spikes that demand attention! Each stem has 12 to 24 blooms of shimmering aquamarine or sea-green. The satiny purple centers and yellow anthers contrast beautifully with the petals. Unfortunately, this lovely plant is endangered in its homeland of South Africa, and is rarely seen for sale.
Lobster Claw* A fast-growing herbaceous perennial with stalks reaching 7 feet tall. Scarlet and yellow bracts emerge on second-year stalks. Plant in bright shade with moist, well-drained soil. USDA Hardiness Zones: 10B to 11
If you're looking for hardy, no-care, "Plant and Forget" spring flowering bulbs, look no further - load up on Muscari. These bulbs are so winter hardy and easy to grow that no garden should be without them.
Delosperma Hardy Ice Plant Perennial Vigorous ground cover, even in the driest of soils, versatile and vibrant! The fleshy, drought tolerant creeping stems of these hardy Ice Plants make ideal ground cover on sunny banks and poor stony soils. The showy daisy-like flowers create a carpet of intense colour, in exclusive new shades that will stop you in your tracks. Fantastic for those hot, dry problem areas where many other plants would fail to establish. Height: 10cm (4"). Spread: 60cm (24")