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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'
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'
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 ferox (AGAVACEAE) - Agave salmiana var. ferox A real mean plant. This is just as hardy as A. americana but looks a whole lot nastier with wide leaf blades and particularly evil spines. This is best planted in full sun in good free-draining soi...
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 ...
One of the most attractive and bizarre of the agaves. It forms a rosette of grey-green leaves formidably armed with papery teeth. Tolerates some frost but best grown in a container and given protection over winter. Grow in well drained soil in full s...
Agave macroacantha, the Black-spined Agave is an excellent plant for full sun to light shade. Ideal for smaller gardens or patios. Small to medium sized agave with dusky blue-grey to green leaves with a straight margin and dark brown teeth. Grow in a...
'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...
'Whales Tongue Agave' An open rosette of pale, grey green leaves , fairly broad, give this relatively recent find its common name. Found in 2001 an a mountain in Mexico, it appears to be fairly hardy and fast growing but over wintering in a glass hou...
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 culture Positio...
Agave parryi ssp. neomexicana
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...
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...
Crassula arborescens 'Blue Hale' Jade
Crassula arborescens 'Blue Hale' Jade Branching shrub has blue-green succulent leaves with red edges. Makes an excellent house plant. Tender soft succulent - will not tolerate frost. Requires little watering making it fairly low-maintenance. Common N...
Crassula ovata 'Hobbit'
Hobbit Jade Plant
Crassula ovata 'Hobbit' (Hobbit Jade) – Is a small shrubby succulent with interesting succulent green leaves that are curled back to nearly rounded, often with reddish margins. Flowers are pinkish white and star-like shaped. Makes an excellent hous...
Crassula ovata 'Hummel's Sunset'
Popular award winning evergreen succulent shrub has glossy rounded fleshy leaves with yellow tips and red edges. . Makes an excellent house plant. Tender soft succulent - will not tolerate frost. Requires little watering making it fairly low-maintena...
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, ...
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...
Furcraea Longaeva Large, Yucca like plant with broad, long leaves which are smooth and soft to the touch. Eventually makes a large globe-shaped plant . When mature a 3-4m flower spike appears topped with white flowers which then develop into bulbils....
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.Common Names:...
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...