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A Sparkling Water-Wise Border with Desert Spoon, Cactus and Opuntia

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


Quite colorful, this water-wise border provides visual impact while being extremely low-care. Three striking plants star with majesty: Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus) with its barrel-shaped stem adorned with prominent ribs covered with bright golden spines; Opuntia 'baby Rita' (Prickly Pear) with its colorful, fleshy pads turning rich purple in winter or direct sunlight; and finally, Dasylirion wheeleri (Desert Spoon) with its perfectly symmetrical rosette packed with hundreds of long, narrow, silvery blue-green leaves.

Terrific at adding texture, color and shape to the landscape, all these plants look good year-round, are deer resistant, drought tolerant and some have even won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Garden Information

Hardiness 9 – 11
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
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
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts 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
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
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
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dasylirion Great Plant Combination Ideas with Opuntia


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