I’m so grateful for my stripes and spikes at this time of year. The evergreen (or ever-blue, ever-silver, even ever-yellow) leaves of agaves and yuccas carry my garden through the doldrums of droughty August and September until the fall rains arrive and entice the garden into its second spring. Pictured above is Agave americana ‘Marginata’ glowing in the afternoon light.
Yucca filamentosa ‘Bright Edge’ adds its own sunny color and strappy leaves.
More of a moonshine yellow, ‘Margaritaville’ yucca has surprised me with its vigorous growth. I wonder if it will soon outgrow this culvert-pipe planter? For now though, it’s a perfect fit, shining in its galvanized tower above a carpet of purple heart (Tradescantia pallida).
But my favorite, reigning supreme over the garden, is still Moby, a ‘Whale’s Tongue’ agave (Agave ovatifolia) that glows nearly white at certain times of the day. I always enjoy whale-watching!
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