Yummy yuccas for Foliage Follow Up

A big agave will suck up all the attention in the room, so to speak, but I say don’t overlook the more demure but equally beautiful yucca. Just look at this blue Koosh-ball of a plant, for example. Yucca rostrata ‘Sapphire Skies’ is elegant, architectural, and colorful, and it looks especially nice framed against the blue door of the shed.

Sturdy and striped ‘Color Guard’ yucca also looks great year-round. Here it’s paired with a not quite frostbitten ‘Powis Castle’ artemesia.

Join me in posting about your lovely leaves of January for Foliage Follow-Up, a way to remind ourselves of the importance of foliage in the garden on the day after Bloom Day. Leave your link to your Foliage Follow-Up post in a comment. I really appreciate it if you’ll also include a link to this post in your own post (sharing link love!). If you can’t post so soon after Bloom Day, no worries. Just leave your link when you get to it.

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18 Responses

  1. I do have some foliage I could share. It is frozen right now though. A lot of my shrubs have been split or warped out of shape by all that snow we had. I am waiting for a warmer day to tie them up to encourage them to grow back together. Such is winter in the north.

  2. Peter says:

    Good Morning Pam! Thanks for another Foliage Follow-Up! Your yuccas are indeed yummy and this summer I’m definitely going to find space for some Yucca rostratas! My post started with yuccas too but then I got side tracked and threw in some other foliage as well. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! http://outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2013/01/foliage-follow-up-january-2013.html

  3. The Yucca and Artemesia pairing is a perfect example of arful placement of foliage in the garden. I love it! The idea is wonderful, and the photo would be a great visual aid in a workshop about foliage form, texture, and color. My link: http://plantpostings.blogspot.com/2013/01/caught-between-ice-snow-rock-and-hard.html . Thanks again for hosting, Pam!

  4. I have always loved our yucca filamentosa in Virginia and D.C. They look so tropical, yet are hardy.

    My link for FFU:http://enclosuretakerefuge.com/2013/01/16/a-bit-belated-bloom-day-for-january/

  5. I have one lonely yucca and she doesn’t look as good as yours. Thanks for hosting the Foliage Follow-up! My very first entry can be found at: http://www.krispgarden.blogspot.com/2013/01/foliage-follow-up.html

  6. You know how I feel about yucca so I’m lovin your photos Pam. PlantPostings is right about the Y. ‘color guard’ and Artemesia combo…fantastic!

    My Foliage Follow-up post isn’t nearly as dramatic or spiky as yours: http://dangergarden.blogspot.com/2013/01/foliage-follow-up-and-my-favorite-plant.html

  7. YUMMY! I ate them all up! ;) My fav is your yucca rostrata for sure! I posted some planters for foliage follow-up – thank you for hosting Pam.

  8. Alison says:

    I love your ‘Color Guard’ Yucca. When I needed a stripy Yucca for my gravel garden, I opted for ‘Bright Star,’ but I really like the filaments on ‘Color Guard.’

    My post is full of frosty foliage here in the semifreddo PNW. It’s here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2013/01/foliage-followup-january-2013-frost.html

  9. Shirley says:

    Yuccas are indeed yummy and I will find more places for new ones this year.

    I’m giving a tour of the garage in January.


  10. The ‘Sapphire Skies’ looks perfect in your garden, Pam! I had yuccas in Illinois and at the last Austin house, but haven’t figured out the right place here. Some day?
    My bloom day post was late and both blooms & foliage were folded into one post. Passalong succulent stuff – I hope you’ll find it interesting. http://www.annieinaustin.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-chilly-january-gbbd-with-foliage-added.html

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  11. The Yucca rostrata and your shed’s blue door are stunning together – the lush surroundings are what cued me in to that not being in my state! My on-the-road take –

  12. Pam I have adored yucca since I lived in the SW during my grad work….yours are beautiful…here is my link for the follow up:


  13. Anna says:

    Your yuccas remind me of home where I grew up in southeast AZ. As a kid we had a giant Yucca elata in the yard. Yours are so beautiful.
    My favorite foliage in my yard are some leafy daisies, and weedy winter grass. http://inspiredbynaturelife.blogspot.com/2013/01/foliage-follow-up.html

  14. ricki says:

    Your influence is being felt around here as I see more yuccas everywhere I look. My foliage follow-up took me to the local market, where a cold snap sent the flowers inside:

  15. Your garden is always an inspiration. Makes me want to just keep on trying.
    I’ve posted another whine, for my Foliage Follow-Up.


  16. I forgot to ask yesterday…did you grow powis castle in your first garden where you had more gummo’ish soil? Thx in advance Pam. I have gumbo soil that I help along and I am thinking about planting it. I loooooooove it!

    I sure did, Heather, and it did fine. I did, however, amend my soil with several inches of Hill Country Garden Mix from the Natural Gardener. But essentially it was clay soil. —Pam

  17. Cynthia says:

    My daughter took lots of foliage photos lately, so I’m joining showcasing her best for my foliage post. I am coveting your yucca rostrata!