I am heading into the agave, cactus and succulent phase of my gardening life. The evidence is right there as you climb up the steps to enter through the side gate of my garden.
It is perfect place for these plants. A few hours of direct sun and several hours of filtered sunlight under the branches of the live oak tree. It is one of the few places in my garden where there is filtered sun. One lucky plant gets to sport the clay collar I found at a yard sale.
When visitors come to my garden I invite them to come in through the side gate. From there they can pass through the front courtyard garden and out through the main gate and around the outside of the house into the back gardens.
Look at the variety of shapes and textures in this plant grouping. Small cactus and euphorbias look better when they are grouped together in a wide-mouthed pot or with others.
Small agaves in hypertuffa pot.
Strawberry jars make great pots for these plants.
My weekend acquisitions; Candellia, Euphorbia antisyphilitica. That's a handy plant to have around!
But the biggest statement of all comes with the large plants situated in the landscape. On the right, Yucca rostrata, sapphire skies
Paired with plumbago which is having its best year ever.
There's a little experiment going on here with the soft leaf yucca. It was a tangle of offsets and dead leaves. I am hoping that the plant will respond to the cut back and take on a new life. Otherwise I will be looking for a replacement.
Structural plants are needed to give height and statement in the garden and none do it more beautifully than the agaves. And no agave makes a bolder statement than the Whale's tongue agave, A. ovatifolia.
Two of these beautiful agaves live in the front courtyard garden.
This is just the tip of the iceberg!