New Zealand Flax
From New Zealand.Dramatic plants with many swordlike evergreen leaves that grow in a fan pattern; make good garden focal points. The many variegated selections provide year-round color in perennial and shrub borders, on hillsides, in seaside plantings, near swimming pools. Cool weather intensifies foliage colors. On established plants, branched clusters of tubular flowers appear in late spring or early summer, rising to twice the height of the foliage clump in some kinds. Nursery plants in containers are deceptively small; when you plant, allow enough room to accommodate a mature specimen. Cut out flower stalks when blossoms wither.As leaves age, colors fade; cut out older ones as close to base as possible to maintain best appearance. On variegated sorts, watch for reversions to solid green or bronze; remove reverted crowns down to root level before they take over the clump. Clumps can remain in place indefinitely. To increase plantings, take individual crowns from clump edges; or divide large clumps.
Large, bold plant with bronzy green leaves to 9 ft. long, 5 in.wide; rigid and mainly upright, curving mainly (if at all) near tips.Mature clumps are about as wide as or a little wider than high.Vertical inflorescences— often to twice the height of foliage clump—contain many dull red or reddish orange flowers; seedpods are twisted but held erect. Many choices, offering great variety in plant size and leaf color. Note that bronze-leafed varieties take on a deeper color in full sun.
Dramatic dark burgundy foliage on this evergreen perennial from the Sunset Western Garden Collection holds its color and size. Great in mixed borders, containers, and can even be planted as a hedge. Leaves provide structure in flower arrangements.
Low, spreading plants to 3 in. high, 2 1/2 ft. wide. Broad dark green leaves. Bright pink, burgundy, o...
Forms a clump to about 2 ft. tall and wide. Glossy bright green, kidneyshaped, scalloped, or shallowly...
This vine climbs 20 to 30 ft.. Its five-lobed leaves are smaller than the 3-in. leaves of Passiflo...