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Saturday, March 9, 2013

6 Deadly Agaves

Plants for Desert or Xeriscape Gardens

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Succulents

agave plant

On a recent trip to the southern California desert area of Palm Springs, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the incredible architectural fascinating Agave plants. They are literally everywhere in the landscape. Blue ones, green ones and even variegated varieties.

Agave’s are also known as Century Plants, most likely getting their name from their extremely slow growth rate. They are succulents well adapted for desert conditions and can struggle in our wet climate. They do well in areas of full sun and very well drained soil. We suggest planting them in naturally dry areas like under the eaves of a house or on a hillside sheltered from winter cold and snow. Allow agaves to dry out between waterings. Over watering can rot the roots. Feed Agave’s once every 3-4 months during the spring and summer. These plants are not for the faint of heart. One wrong move means a pin-pricked finger, scratch or wound. Position them in a place away from frequently travelled paths, walkways or areas where you, kids or pets may brush against them. They are also ideal for use in terrariums and as houseplants.

Upon coming home from California in early January, one of our incredible suppliers asked us to consider carrying some of their succulents and desert plants. Their timing was impeccable – how could I resist! Here are 6 deadly agave’s that we’ve brought in for the plant collections out there.

Black Widow Agave

Agave  schidigera ‘Black Widow’

This native of western Mexico features rigid, dark green leaves with silver accents and filiferous edges. A compact growth habit makes it an excellent plant for containers or as specimen in a south-west garden. Grows to 1ft in height and 18 inches across at maturity. Hardy in zones 8-10. Provide winter protection in the pacific northwest or bring it inside. If planted outside, provide the brightest, driest, warmest space possible.

Fatal Attraction Agave

Agave funkiana ‘Fatal Attraction’

This agave features narrow dark green leaves with a lighter central mid-stripe. Foliage ends with a dark terminal spine. This small agave is great for containers or grouped plantings. Needs good drainage. May grow 1-2ft in height and spread. If planted outside, provide the brightest, driest, warmest space possible. Hardy to zone 8.

Jaws Agave

Agave gentryi ‘Jaws’

Glossy dark green, concave and heavily toothed leaves and a fantastic shape give this attractive Agave its name. Uniform orange-brown teeth. Over time ‘Jaws’ will form a clump 2ft tall and 4ft wide. If planted outside, provide the brightest, driest, warmest space possible. Needs good drainage.  Great in a container or a rock garden. Leaf impressions persist on undersides of unfurled leaves. Hardy in zones 7-10

Blue Glow Agave

Agave ‘Blue Glow’

This agave forms one beautifully symmetrical solitary rosette rather than forming clusters of many smaller rosettes. Rosettes have smooth, spineless foliage with red margins. Great in containers or very well drained area of the garden. Needs full sun and good drainage. Water infrequently. Grows 1-2ft high and 1-2ft wide. Hardy in zones 8-10

Silver Surfer Agave

Agave ‘Silver Surfer’

This clump-forming century plant offers dramatic wide, silver-blue leaves and teeth along the margins.  Great for containers, xeriscape and rock gardens. Can grow to 5ft in height and 9ft wide. Needs full sun and very well drained soil. Hardy to zone 7.

Montana Agave

Agave montana

This agave forms a tight solitary rosette of glaucous blue-green leaves that are lined with sharks teeth and have a spine on the end of them. Easy care plant  that is great in landscapes, rock gardens and containers. Can also be used as a houseplant. Needs full sun and very well drained soil. Grows 18-36 inches high and 18-36 inches wide. Hardy in zones 7-10. Water infrequently.

Art’s Nursery carries a wide variety of cacti, succulents and tropical plants. Our selection is always changing, so always please call ahead to confirm availability. If you need and information or advice, visit us in person or call 604.882.1201.


Monday, August 13, 2012
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Feature Products

Now that the summer heat is finally here, it's a great time to look at plants that love the hot and dry locations of our yards. While there are many to choose from, these eight really caught our attention this year.

Artichoke Agave

Artichoke Agave

Agave parryi var truncata
Dense symetrical rosettes of wide blue-gray leaves are abundant, developing large clumps. The rosette from which the flower spike emerges dies after flowering, though the plant is perpetuated by the 'pups' or offshoots. A bright accent in the water-wise landscape or a nice groundcover when mass planted. Hardy in zones 7-9. Should be planted in coarse, well drained soil in the full sun. Also excellent in a pot or container. Needs protection from excessive winter moisture. Limited quantities available.
Cider Gum

Cider Gum

Eucalyptus gunnii
Blue-green coin shaped juvenil foliage is attractive and can be used as cut foliage in arrangements. Dense, upright growing habut is useful for screening and as a street tree in warm, mild climates. Creamy white flowers grace the tree in spring. Dark green lance shaped foliage is common when mature. Evergreen in mild climates. Fast growing to 40-50ft tall and 20-30ft wide. Should be planted in full sun in well drained soil. Hardy in zones 8-10. Limited quantities available.

Yucca gloriosa variegata

Variegated Spanish Dagger

Yucca gloriosa 'Variegata'
Rigid blue green leaves are bordered with gold when new eventually becoming rich cream. Striking when used in a low water environment or spotted in flower beds for contrasting colour and texture. Evergreen. Should be planted in full sun and well drained soils. Hardy in zones 6-11.
Arbequina Spanish Olive

Arbequina Olive

Olea europaea 'Arbequina'
This valuable Spanish Olive is prized for its hardiness, its very early bearing, and its tasty fruit that is high in oil. Can bear 20+ lbs of fruit when mature. Hardy enough to be grown outdoors in most regions west of the Cascade or Coast Mountains. It is an attractive, evergreen plant, naturally compact in growth habit and is even suitable for containers. Should be planted in full sun, in well drained soils. Grows to 10ft in height. Hardy to 10F. Limited quantities available.
Echeveria Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy Echeveria

Echeveria runyonii 'Topsy Turvy'
An intriguing succulent with pale blue-gray leaves that curve upward, adding a unique texture to rock gardens and borders. Well suited for containers. Quite drought tolerant once established. Bright orange and yellow flowers rise above the foliage in late summer and fall. Should be planted in full sun and well drained soil. Grows 8-12 inches tall and wide. Hardy in zones 9-11. Prove winter protection or bring indoors during the cooler, wetter months.
Baja Agave

Baja Agave

Agave 'Baja'
A dwarf form of Agave with attractive blue-gray foliage and fine teeth on the outer edge of leaves. It has been known to take a light frost, but is probably best as a container plant, then protected for the winter. Should be planted in full sun and well drained soil. Hardy to zone 8-9
Pink Stonecrop

Pink Stonecrop

Sedum rubrotinctum 'Aurora'
A unique low, cascading plant with plump, oblong leaves. Foliage is light green and heavily tinged pink. Yellow-white flowers appear in summer. A perfect choice for the rock garden, between stepping stones or in the crevices of dry walls. Attracts butterflies. Drought tolerant once established. Grows to 6 inches in height and 18-36 inches in width. Hardy in zones 9-11. Winter protection is required. Plant in full sun and well drained soils.
Sundowner New Zealand Flax

Sundowner New Zealand Flax

Phormium tenax 'Sundowner'
Long, arching bronze-green leaves have coral red margins and streaks. A great specimen for adding unique color and texture to the landscape. Foliage great for cut arrangements. Evergreen. Plant in full sun and well drained soil. Hardy in zones 8-11 - provide winter protection. Grows up to 5ft tall and 4-5ft wide.

As you may have noticed, many of these plants are marginally hardy or tender in our climate. We recommend you pot them in containers that can be moved indoors or plant them in sheltered areas where they can be protected in winter. Otherwise, consider them annuals and treat yourself to a few new ones next year!

Quantities of these items may be limited or only seasonally available. Please call 604.882.1201 in advance to confirm availability if you are making a special trip to visit us.


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