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These blue and silver plants show to advantage against the stucco wall of this retaining wall. Cascading over the buttery-yellow wall are cool Senecio mandraliscae (blue chalk fingers) and fragrant Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary). Sparkling with tiny blue flowers, Rosemary is an evergreen shrub with a particularly long blooming season, extending from fall through spring, hence very desirable along walkways where the blooms will be noticed. The soft blue color of these trailing plants is echoed by the powdery blue-gray rosette of the majestic Agave franzosinii. While many agaves are coated with a waxy glaucus that helps reflect sunlight and conserve water, this agave displays interesting dark green patterns where the wax has been rubbed off as the leaves grow, adding intriguing interest to this combination. The Ponytail Palm (beaucarnea recurvata) gives this border a tropical ambiance and a sense of enclosure.

All plants are evergreen, drought-tolerant and deer resistant. A garden design idea by Debra Lee Baldwin, garden photojournalist and author.

Garden Information

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Alternative Plants to Consider

Agave americana (Century Plant)
Agave attenuata (Fox Tail Agave)
Agave ‘Blue Flame’
Agave ‘Joe Hoak’
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 10
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds And Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden
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Do I Need?
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Agave Senecio Rosmarinus (Rosemary)
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Los Angeles Region San Diego Region
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