Seasonal flowers bring a fresh look every few months and the colour schemes can be varied, effects and focal points can also be achieved with clipped topiary and large specimen shrubs.
|Agave Americana/Century Plant Huge rosettes of leathery, succulent, wax-coated leaves with spiky edges. |
┬┤Marginata┬┤ has leaves edged with a creamy yellow colour, the reverse of ┬┤Mediopicta┬┤, where the yellow appears as a broad central band. Place in sunny location.
|Laurus Nobilis/Bay The laurel of classical literature and a plant rich in associations. Bay can be grown either as a tree or a shrub and is one of the most beautiful evergreens, with its stiff, matt green leaves and crinkled edges. It can be clipped to shape, best as a ball or a cone. Place in sun or shade.|
|Yucca Filamentosa/Adam┬┤s Needle This bold foliage plant, with its firm, blade-like leaves, has spikes of white flowers. Yuccas create a symmetrical effect in a container. Place in full sun or light shade.|
|Phormium/New Zealand Flax These grassy plants make imposing mounds of arching, sword-like leaves. They come in a number of shapes with coloured foliage. ┬┤Nanum Purpureum┬┤ is a dwarf form, useful in smaller gardens, with leaves overlaid with a purple-bronze colour. The hybrid P. ┬┤Maori Sunrise┬ĺ has slender leaves, striped with apricot-pink and edges in bronze.Tall flower spikes sometimes appear in summer. Place in sun and light shade.|
|Petunia This most popular summer bedding plant is easy to grow, happy in full sun and tolerant of little dryness at the root. It is now produced in a wide range of plain, veined, light-eyed and double flowers in almost every colour. Pinch back the growing shoots after planting and whenever the plant becomes leggy, in order to encourage flowering.|
Verbena This flower is ideal for rather dry and sunny places. They are good in pots and raised beds and come in two kinds - upright and spread - both with very brightly coloured flower-heads in white or purples, usually with a white eye. They thrive in the sun, have a long flowering season and are drought resistant.