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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.
Aechmea recurvata var. recurvata
A super rare bromeliad from the cool mountains of Brazil. The stiff recurved leaves turn an amazing deep rich burgundy with red with pinky red flowers in the centre of each roseate. Eventually form a tight clump of many rosettes of leaves and flower...
goldenflower century plant
Agave chrysantha A stunning narrow leaved Agave from central Arizona. It makes a beautiful structural plant with its blue grey leaves which form a single rosette. Ideal for a sunny position and quite happy in a pot it may need some protection from ...
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...
'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...
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...
Aloe 'Big Orange'
Orange Hybrid Aloe
Aloe 'Big Orange' (Hybrid Aloe) This superb Aloe hybrid grows up to around 2m high and produces spikes of orange-red flowers during the colder months. It requires full sun and free-draining, compost-enriched soil. Suitable for coastal areas but shoul...
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...
Aloe x spinosissima
South African succulent growing up to 1m tall. Produces orangy-pink flowers on stalks. Requires full sun and well-drained soil and should be watered only sparingly. Hardy to -5 degrees C. Best grown in a large pot with plenty of grit mixed into the s...
Astelia chathamica 'Silver Spear'
There are not many truly 'silver' plants in the gardening world, but this has to be one of them. Its bold, silver, spear-shaped leaves will reach around 120cm. It should be planted in full sun to take advantage of the silver sheen of the leaves. An...
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...
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...
Architectural arid plant which produces whorls of blue-green strap like leaves. Slow growing but can eventually reach 1.5m high on a short trunk. Tolerant of both wind and coastal condition but needs a free draining soil in a sunny position.Hardy to...
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....
Kalanchoe tomentosa Minima
Kalanchoe tomentosa Minima (Panda Plant) Cultivated variety of a succulent sub-shrub that grows on granite rocks in Madagascar. It grows up to 45 cm tall but can be pruned to keep it compact. Should be kept in a cool greenhouse or conservatory and no...
Exotic puya from Chile, this easy to grow bromeliad has a wonderful tall flower spike with gorgeous blue flowers emerging from pink buds. Fabulous for well drained coastal gardens, hardy to minus 7 degrees C. Puyas are perhaps the hardiest member o...
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...