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Monday, August 13, 2012
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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.

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca van der Zalm

Rebecca is an owner and the ‘Plant Boss’ of Art’s Nursery Garden & Home, a large family owned garden centre in Surrey. Fueled by her passion for plants and the occasional grande vanilla latte, Rebecca strives to share her love of gardening at every opportunity. The goal: to offer more service, more selection and more fun.
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