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Yucca

Yuccas can be found over much of North America, and the architectural assertiveness of their strong, swordlike blades is prized by gardeners. Each year, stout leafless stems bear large clusters of waxy, alabaster-colored floral pendants. Needing little or no maintenance and thriving best in well drained soil, these toughs will not complain where summers are hot or humid, or long and dry. Zone 5/6.

<i>Yucca dismetiana</i> ‘Blue Boy’

Bathed in icy gray-green and powder-blue with a dusky-purple overlay, this handsome pastel-hued

treasure manifests a tough disposition. Rigid evergreen leaves with pointed tips and fine-toothed margins craft a rounded barrel-like rosette that develops slowly, its amethyst coloration intensifying as the weather heats up. Pendulous, waxy white flowers draped on stout panicles deliver late summer sparkle. Unfazed by meddlesome deer, drought, moisture and humidity, ‘Blue Boy’ can harmonize with Melianthus major and Festuca ‘Superba’.

Blooms July–August

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Yucca filamentosa</i> ‘Color Guard’

Considered one of the most attractive variegated Yuccas, this Japanese cultivar’s stiff spiky foliage comprises a mesmerizing close-set evergreen rosette. Achieving an added luster when long, curly white margin fibers seem to capture the moonlight, each spine-tipped leaf is etched by celadon green margins and a bold, creamy-gold central stripe, which becomes brighter in midsummer, but blushes with a rosy coloration most of the year. ‘Color Guard’s grand silhouette can stand alone, be juxtaposed with Plectranthus ‘Longwood Silver’s soft felted foliage or be planted en masse.

Blooms June–July

Size: 3' 0" – 6' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Yucca</i> ‘Garlands Gold’

This cultivars stiff, spiky leaves comprise a closely set, evergreen rosette thats most effective planted en masse. Outlined in green and marked down the center with a bold, creamy gold stripe. the foliage flexes slightly and an added luster is achieved when long, silvery margin fibers seem to uniquely capture the moonlight! Strength is spotlighted when Garlands Gold is partnered with Plectranthus Longwood Silvers felted foliage.

Blooms July–August

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 5/6.

A beguiling sculptural rosette of powder blue, thin pointed blades, year-round good looks and exceptional hardiness is what this shrubby, fine textured Yucca has to offer. Relatively short, flexible leaves forge a luminous specimen well suited for a vessel or the dry garden.

Selected by Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery from seed he collected in northern Mexico, it will eventually form an upright unbranched plant that prefers to bake in a hot sunny spot with sharp drainage and alkaline soil, while protection from excessive cold-season water and wind helps ensure a successful overwintering.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

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During the month of July, gardeners sometimes wonder how they can perk up their summer gardens. Sunshine-hued blooms, golden leaves and crisp white flowers lend lively accents. They can be sprinkled amid a mixed border, perennial bed or other plantings, melding well with flowers that include a broad color spectrum from blue-violet to purple and lilac, as well as clear pink and darker rose hues.  

Apart from adding more plants, there are a few simple maintenance techniques that will help your garden maintain a fresh appearance during the summer. The addition of a chipped-bark mulch or well-rotted compost early in the season, not only reduces water requirements throughout the warmer months, but promotes vigorous growth and peppy-looking foliage. Many perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, can be trimmed in June or July. This midseason cut back ensures a tidy stature and more blooms, often all the way ‘til frost.

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