This is a drought tolerant, easy-care plant combo recipe for full sun. The strappy, golden, variegated foliage of Yucca 'Golden Sword' provides structure and is handsome year-round, but this planting combination really shines from mid to late summer when in bloom. Dark blue puffs adorn Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight', USDA 6 to 9) and are complemented by the vibrant orange blooms of the California fuchsia (Zauschneria septentrionalis 'Select Mattel', USDA 7 to 11). This trio will perform best in well-draining soil and takes full baking sun in stride; the hotter, the better. The bluebeard is best if cut back to about 8 to 12 inches in late winter to encourage vigorous new growth which will bloom in late summer. The orange tubular flowers of the California fuchsia are a veritable hummingbird magnet and the bluebeard is a favorite of bees, so this scheme is abuzz with summertime garden activity!
7, 8, 9
Afternoon Sun, Full Sun, Reflected Heat, Sun
Style: Mediterranean, Xeriscape
Focus: Contrasting Foliage and Texture, Hellstrip / Parking Strip, Low Maintenance, Mixed Border, Saving Water, Seasonal Flow
Season of Interest: Summer, Fall
Features: Contrasting Foliage and Texture, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Fragrance, Pollinator, Small Spaces, Wildlife
Low Maintenance, Once-a-Year Care