We don’t have many plants in our yard, other than “native” plants (seagrape, palms, etc..) but one thing we have found that grows EXTREMELY well here is a pineapple. Yup…a pineapple! I swear it’s the most low maintenance plant I have ever had! If you have never grown one before, you should really give it a try. Even if you live in a cooler climate (obviously it helps that we are sub-tropical) I’m sure you could grow one in a pot and just move it indoors once the weather cools. Here’s the deal, in case you want to give it a shot. Next time you buy a whole pineapple at the store (preferably organic:) cut the top off as close to the leaves as possible. You want the least amount of “flesh” left attached. Fill a cup (I usually use a coffee mug) with water, about 3/4 full. Place the pineapple top in the cup, making sure it is sitting in the water. I usually leave mine in water for about a week…I think it just gets it ready to start rooting again. Then place it in potting soil (mine just goes right into the sand/dirt that is in my yard) ..burying it until you only see leaves. Then you wait…a loooooong time…we’re talking close to 2 years, and suddenly you’ll notice that out of the top center of your plant, a mini plant is growing. As you can see in the picture, that’s where the pineapple grows in. It takes awhile, but I promise you..it’s the best tasting pineapple you’ll ever eat..totally worth the time! We have several at different stages of growth, and it’s always a nice surprise when we see one coming in. Happy gardening!