Sammy came to live with us in 2008 and has been a strong presence on this blog since the very beginning. His larger than life personality is undeniable, and in fact he photo-bombed most of Gerhard’s photos of the back garden taken during the Garden Bloggers Fling last summer.
I never did take the time to trim up his bottom leaves this year, too bad because that really shows off his tall trunk.
It’s the pair of Y. rostrata in the corner of the front garden that are really stand-outs right now (maybe because I walk by them several times a day when I take Lila out).
In fact they’re starting to develop trunks!
When we bought Alberta (yes, some of them have names, some do not) she already had a short trunk.
As did Lil’ Sanford (who also needs a haircut)…
Some of the rostrata are greener, some are bluer – like Sammy – indicating they are the ‘Sapphire Skies’ introduction from Cistus Nursery.
The only drawback to their spiky beauty is how easily needles, leaves, and other debris get caught up in them. But that’s a small price to pay for a plant that is so carefree and cold-hardy.
- eventually grows to over 10ft tall with a 4-5ft wide explosion of leaves at the top of a thick trunk (which can occasionally branch)
- heat and drought tolerant, prefers sun to bright shade
- fairly accepting of most soil types but doesn’t like standing water
- evergreen, with tall white bloom spikes (fairly typical yucca blooms)
- reportedly hardy to USDA Zone 5, but a solid performer to Zone 7
Now about that change…when I began the “favorites” series I was still posting here five days a week, now it’s four (Wednesdays being my day to post on the plant lust blog) and I find I occasionally want to write about something other than a favorite plant. I don’t want to stop all together, just not feel the requirement to do so weekly. Another consideration is that many of you have been sharing your weekly (bi-weekly, monthly) favorites here and I want to keep learning about the plants you’re excited to be growing.
So here’s the plan: the last Friday of every month will be the favorite plant round-up here on danger garden. That day you can be assured I’ll be posting about a favorite (although I plan to do so on other days as well) and ask for links to yours. You are still welcome (encouraged) to post a link to your favorites here whenever, but I hope that you’ll come around on the last Friday and share a rundown of any and all favorites posts you’ve done throughout the month - be that one, three or more.
I truly appreciate all who have joined up with sharing a favorite plant and hope this change makes easier for you to do so, and not more difficult. So...what's your fav this week?
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