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A Sparkling and Low Maintenance Garden

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Reflecting a very interesting plant combination, this Californian garden border includes the eye-catching Elegia tectorum (Small Cape Rush), a tufted evergreen perennial with bright green stems adorned by mahogany bands. These mahogany stripes are actually protective sheaths that shield the new growth along each joint. After the stem reaches its final height, those sheaths split apart, flatten out vertically and elegantly curl backward, while remaining attached to the node. They reveal their pale birch-wood interior color, which is so shiny that it catches the sunlight and sparkles, adding luminescent beauty to the plant. 

As if studded with diamonds, Elegia tectorum provides a charming backdrop to the incredibly elegant Agave demestiana 'Variegata' and the evergreen ground-hugging Blue Chalk Stick (Senecio mandraliscae).

All plants are drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant. Created by Debora Carl landscape Design, this low maintenance and water wise garden is absolutely ravishing.

Garden Information

Hardiness 9 – 11
Heat Zones 7 – 10
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , 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
Heat Zones 7 – 10
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Birds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard , Informal and Cottage , Mediterranean Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agaves Great Plant Combination Ideas with Senecio


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