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Source your next sustainable landscape project from Succulent Gardens. Start your project with a mature agave, a tree aloe or another large succulent showpiece to anchor your landscape. Create a stunning border of Aloe spinosissima with striking spikes of red blooms that attract hummingbirds in droves.
A striking specimen plant for the landscape, Agava americana 'Mediopicta' has long, stiff, variegated green and cream striped leaves with a wicked terminal spine and serrated edges. Grows to between 3-5 feet tall and wide, so leave space for it to grow and/or plan to remove companion plants as the Agave needs more room. Sap can cause allergic reactions in people.
Light: Full sun
Hardiness: 15 degrees Fahrenheit
Highly drought-tolerant. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil. Take care when working around the plant as "pokes" from the plant can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Senecio, Sticks-on-fire, and ornamental grasses are all excellent companion plants. Because of the leaf variegation, stick to companions with solid-colored foliage if you want the Agave to stand out.
Agave attenuata is sometimes called the "foxtail agave" because its flower spike looks like a long fox tail. These agaves have yellow-green soft, spineless leaves arranged in 12-24 inch rosettes on top of bare stems. Will form masses in the landscape up to 4-5 feet across and 4-5 feet tall.
Light: Full coastal sun to partial shade, partial shade to shade inland
Hardiness: 28-30 degrees Fahrenheit (very cold-sensitive)
May need water during extreme drought. Can cut off, callus, and re-set in the landscape. Pay careful attention to weather forecast during the winter and cover if frost is predicted.
Looks best with fine-textured plants including senecios and ornamental grasses. Smaller, tighter rosette-formed plants also contrast nicely with Agave attenuata, including, particularly, echeverias.
Agave attenuata 'Kara's Stripes' has soft greenish-yellow leaves with green leaf margins. They form upward-facing rosettes. There is some color variation between plants. Grows to an eventual height of three feet. Somewhat slower growing than other attenuatas.
Light: Coastal full sun to shade, inland partial shade to shade.
Hardiness: 30 degrees (very cold-sensitive)
Cover when frost is predicted. Water during times of extreme drought. Salt-tolerant
Ornamental grasses, aeonium, echeveria.
Aloe barberae, formerly known as A. bainesii, is another spectacular tree-form aloe. It is multi-branching with rosettes of fleshy leaves forming at the ends of the branches. It grows up to 30 feet tall and blooms in mid to late winter with pink flowers.
Light: Full sun
Hardiness: 25-30 degrees Fahrenheit
Remove dead leaves and flower spikes to keep the plant looking tidy. Grows well in containers.
Use this as a tree-like specimen in the garden and surround with smaller species, from 4 inches to 5 feet in height.