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Succulents and arid drought resistant plants are amongst the most architectural plants available from the well known Aloes, Agaves or century plants to Beschorneria with amazing flowers the wonderful Dasylirion, Phormiums or New Zealand flax through to a whole range of Yuccas they are suitable many garden types often perfect for challanging sites such a windy coastal gardens, dry roof gardens, dry stony or sandy soils.
If you have ever seen a mature Fasicularia flourishing in a Cornish windswept garden with it's blue and red flowers and spiky lanceolate leaves you'll know why we love them so much!
Everyone's heard of Aloe vera, well there is even a close relative Aloe striatula thst is pretty tough outside here forming soft spiky clumps tops with red hot poker like yellow and green flowers.
With some many plants to choose from we have made a selection of plants we really like making it easy for you to choose for your hot dry sunny bed or container.
Agave Americana is a beautiful slow-growing structural plant with blue-green fleshy leaves tipped with a sharp point. Will need some protection from frost when young but in well drained soil and a sunny position it will withstand cold temperatures ...
Agave americana 'Mediopicta Alba'
century plant 'Mediopicta Alba'
A stunning and particularly rare Agave. It does not grow as large as the species but more than makes up for this in character. It is immediately recognisable due to the longitudinal stripes down the centre of each leaf. Best placed in a sunny posit...
Agave americana 'Variegata'
century plant 'Variegata'
An evergreen succulent with basal rosettes of spreading, lance-shaped, spine-tipped and spine-margined, grey-green leaves with creamy yellow edges Clusters of yellowish green flowers. Height 2m. Spread 3m.Flowers from June to July Sheltered site with...
Agave franzosinii (Agave beauleriana) is a very large, striking agave with glaucous, light grey-blue leaves which curve at the top gracefully. Unknown origin, most probably a form or hybrid of Agave americana, being similar but much more blue than ...
'Mountain Agave' from high altitude forests of Mexico, this is one of the hardiest varieties, suitable for planting out in milder parts of the country such as coastal gardens, will survive the winter in well drained dry conditions. Montana has ma...
Cabbage Head Agave
Rarely offered on the market this Agave has an unusual form due to the tightly held leaves. It occurs at elevations up to 8000ft so should tolerate dry cold to at least -6C. It has great symmetry making it a wonderful specimen for pot culturePosition...
Agave parryi ssp. neomexicana
New Mexico Agave, New Mexico Century Plant, Mescal Agave, Mescal Century Plant, Mescal, Mezcal
One of the hardier Agaves from the mountains of New Mexico and Texas, reaching up to 50cm across and hardy to -10c however only in very well drained, dry conditions or best kept in a pot with a soil based/grit mix. Forms an attractive rosette of po...
Coral Aloe, Hardy Aloe
A fantastic Aloe, which has proven to be hardy down to -8/-10 degrees Centigrade; it grows fairly quickly into a multi-stemmed plant around 1 metre in height and spread. Site in a sunny position in well-drained soil (or pot) to ensure good growth and...
Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear'
Astelia 'Silver Spear' There are not many truly 'silver' plants in the gardening world, but this has to be one of them. To see a fully grown 'Silver Spear' on a bright sunny day is something to behold! The strap-like leaves reach around 120cm in heig...
Perennial plant with quadrangular leaves, with spines. Dasylirion is a group of over a dozen of grassy looking rosette plants native to the southwestern US and northern Mexico. They are not grasses but are related to the Agaves. As they grow older, ...
Sotel, Desert spoon
Dasylirion serratifolium is amongst one of the most dramatic and architectural plants. Thin strap-like leaves are covered with tiny spines along both sides, with the mature plant reaching a round 1.5 metres in height and spread. Suitable for a very h...
A striking, evergreen bromieliad which forms a rosette of spiky leaves the centre of which becomes bright scarlet as the plant prepares to flower. The small flowers which form at the heart of the leaves are a brilliant, metallic blue. Drought, sun an...
Big Blue Chalk Sticks
'Blue Chalk Sticks' is an upright, blue grey succulent native to the Cape region of South Africa with long fleshy leaves having pointed tips. can be grown outside in the summer, move to a sunny window sill or conservatory for the winter....
Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'
A great looking hardy low growing yucca with slightly arching sword like yellow variegated leaves slowly forms clumps making a striking ground cover yucca as no stem is produced. In summer tall flower spikes up to 1.2m high are produced baring fragra...
Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata'
variegated Spanish Dagger
A wonderful architectural plant. Produces stiff, sword-shaped leaves variegted creamy-yellow on a single-stem. A profusion of bell-shaped cream flowers up to 2m high are produced in late summer. Hardy to -10c. No pruning required.Position: Full sun t...
Yucca recurvifolia 'Banana Split'
A relatively new introduction Yucca ‘Banana Split’ has spectacular variegated arching foliage unlike most yucca’s the leaves are soft without sharp spines. Eventually form a multi-stemmed arching clump. In late summer large spikes of creamy whi...
Yucca rostrata is a upright architectural slow growing yucca eventually forming pale trunks topped with silver-grey narrow leaves up to 75 cm long.Yucca rostrata can ultimately grow to 2 or more metre high though in U.K gardens is generally smaller....