The largest of my new purchases is Agave attenuata 'Raea's Gold', which in a break from my usual practice I bought in a 3-gallon size. I planted 2 smaller specimens of the conventional A. attenuata nearby but as none of these plants grow especially fast, I wanted to give the area more impact with one larger specimen. I also assume that the raccoons won't be able to dig up and toss about a plant this size as they've already done with one of the smaller specimens (now caged for their own protection).
|As the name indicates, 'Raea's Gold' has a more yellow cast than the more common form of Agave attenuata|
Several feet away, closer to my new stone pathway, I also put in Agave bracteosa. Another spineless agave, it's considerably smaller than A. attenuata. I knew it by the common name of squid agave but I've since learned that it's also called spider agave and candelabrum agave. This one is a clumping variety and came with a couple of pups, one of which I planted in the same area.
|What do you think? Does this agave look more like a squid, a spider or a candelabrum? Mom and her pup, now separated, are shown in the photo on the right.|
To the right of these plants in the same general region at the south end of the backyard border, I added 2 new plants to complement a Leucadendron 'Safari Sunset' I planted this past March: Coprosma repens 'Pacific Sunset' and Leucadendron 'Red Devil'. The plants form a scalene triangle.
Roughly in the middle of the main backyard border, I added 3 Hebe 'Purple Shamrock'. I literally fell in love with this plant. On 2 separate trips to my local garden center, I picked it up and carried it around for awhile before returning it to its shelf. The problem is that it requires regular water and I've worked hard to stay away from such plants. Nonetheless, on the third trip to the same garden center, I picked it up and brought it home, putting it in a section of the border that gets more irrigation than most others. Planted relatively close to the walkway, hopefully I'll also notice if it begins to suffer from water withdrawal.
|Hebe 'Purple Shamrock' is a relatively small plant by comparison to most members of the genus in my garden. It should keep to a neat 2 feet tall and wide.|
The last new plant I have to feature is also variegated. I bought 2 Cordyline 'Electric Flash' with the idea of planting them in pots by our front door as part of a combination for the poinsettia challenge set by Loree of danger garden. They didn't have the effect I was seeking so I abandoned that plan, leaving me with 2 relatively pricey 1-gallon plants to incorporate somewhere in my garden. With the removal of our last remaining backyard lawn, I have a lot of space to fill so I rearranged an area I'd planted only the week before and placed these 2 specimens on either side of the intersection between the stone pathway and the backyard patio.
|Cordyline 'Electric Flash' is a heat-tolerant clumping variety said to grow 3-4 feet tall and 5 feet wide|
|As an aside, I think it looks remarkably similar to Phormium 'Ed Carman' which I planted this past March about 10 feet away from one of the 2 Cordyline|
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