By Greg Starr
Gardeners and backyard designers are having a love affair with agaves. It's effortless to work out why—they're low upkeep, drought-tolerant, and strikingly sculptural, with an wonderful variety of shape and colour. Many species are strikingly variegated, and a few have contrasting decorative spines at the edges in their leaves. superb for box gardening or in-the-ground tradition, they mix versatility with effortless growability.
In Agaves, plant professional Greg Starr profiles seventy five species, with extra cultivars and hybrids, most fitted to gardens and landscapes. every one plant access incorporates a distinctive description of the plant, besides its cultural specifications, together with hardiness, sunlight publicity, water wishes, soil standards, and strategies of propagation. Agaves can swap dramatically as they age and this entire consultant comprises pictures displaying every one species from adolescence to maturity—a helpful function special to this ebook.
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Setacea: Resembles tufts of pine needles up to ten inches in length. The color is dark green in the shade but turning reddish-brown with increased light. T. valensuelana: Boasts a rosette of light-green leaves with silvery scales growing to twenty inches. The second illustration shows five bromeliads growing on a piece of forest driftwood, anchored in a six-inch clay pot layered with first sphagnum moss, covered with a layer of bird gravel. This tree goes outside in summer, with from the afternoon sun.
CHINESE EVERGREENS, AGLAONEMA Medium to Large/Warm/Partial Shade Chinese evergreens are a perennial favorite for water culture. This is another group of plants for poorly lit coffee tables and corners, but they do occasionally require a change to better light. I have a pewter Chinese evergreen that is almost three feet tall and still going strong. Grouped together in a plain battery jar (see page 82), Chinese evergreens are very attractive and graceful, and even if named varieties may be difficult to obtain locally, any variety is worth having.
Their sole purpose in life is to hold plants upright and give their roots a way to wander that still exerts needed pressure to the same roots so that they grow root hairs. ” BOTTLE BRUSHES Bottle brushes are a necessity, as you will appreciate if you’ve ever tried to clean containers with rolled-up paper towels. If you have none on hand, bottle brushes are available at chemical supply outlets and at most hardware stores. MIST SPRAYER Many of the tropical plants enjoy an occasional spray with a mist of warm water.
Agaves: Living Sculptures for Landscapes and Containers by Greg Starr