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A Simple and Low-Care Mediterranean Border

Plant Combinations, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Fall Borders, Winter Borders


In this water-wise border, the ravishing blue-gray rosettes of Agave ovatifolia (Whale's Tongue Agave) are interplanted with the smaller bright green rosettes of Aloe nobilis (Golden Toothed Aloe). Studded with white teeth, the triangular leaves of this aloe warm up to orange shades when exposed to full sun, creating a changing display. For contrast, a carpet of Dyckia 'Burgundy Ice' has been laid in a geometric fashion. This succulent features rosettes of gracefully curving, burgundy leaves adorned with brilliant white spines.

In the background, the spectacular blue-green rosettes of Dioon spinulosum (Giant Dioon) add grace and elegance to the landscape. Long lived (several hundred years), Giant Dioon is one of the oldest plants still living on the planet since it flourished over 170 million years ago. Slow to moderately fast growing, it is easy to grow and is an excellent choice for low-maintenance gardens where its lush foliage adds a tropical touch.

All these plants are low-care, drought tolerant, and they look great year-round.

Garden Information

Hardiness 9 – 11
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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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
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Palms - Cycads Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agaves Great Plant Combination Ideas with Aloes


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