Spiky leaves in a rounded clump give yucca a stand-out personality in garden designs. The texture is dramatic and tough to miss. Yucca filamentosa ‘Excalibur’ takes that beauty to the next level with blue-green leaves edged with curly white strings. ‘Excalibur’ grows 24 inches tall by 42 inches wide and is a low-maintenance, drought tolerant plant. Hardy in Zones 4-10.
Large plants automatically draw the eye in interior settings. To breathe life into a living room, add plants that match the scale of furniture pieces. This mix of houseplants unfurls leaves with varying textures that work to complement one another. The plants include a spikey yucca and broad fiddleleaf fig (Ficus lyrata). When selecting large plants, make sure you have enough space that the plant won’t interfere with traffic flow or otherwise be an obstacle, like blocking a view. Choose cachepots that match your décor.
The yucca plants in this yard have their own planter box to make the spaces for each type of plants defined. Behind the yucca, there are cacti lining the gabion wall. Each of these species of plant are drought resistant, so they will not need much water in the coming summer heat.
These homeowners' main concern is that the exterior of their home be very drought friendly, so they used a gabion wall, made of reclaimed materials, to add to the ambiance of their desert oasis. The plants featured in this design are drought resistant and can go for quite a time without a drop of water. Some of the plants include: cactus, agave and yucca.
With an ongoing drought in California, landscape designer Katharine Webster turned to drought-tolerant plants, such as a yucca, rather than flowers to complement the existing boxwoods and ivy that frame the brick walkway leading to the front door of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015.
Even a small plot of land can add beauty in all seasons and serve as a pollinator habitat, says Evelyn J. Hadden, author of
"Hellstrip Gardening," (April 2014, Timber Press). This waterwise hellstrip garden in Boise, Idaho, features yucca, lavender, and both white and yellow flowering varieties of buckwheat (Eriogonum).
This gabion wall was installed in the back of the garden to help prevent erosion in the dry climate. The cacti and the yucca plants give the wall a pop of color, while the grey stones in the flower beds add an elegant touch to this desert landscape.
A unique river stone-border bisects the tile in this outdoor patio. A central fire pit's role as focal point is enhanced by the planting of giant yucca - which also mirrors the palm trees behind the house.
When she first visited the site of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2015, landscape architect Katharine Webster was greeted by an existing wall covered by ivy and framed with boxwoods at the front of the house. Webster added additional drought-tolerant plants to add more visual interest to the space.
This modern, Southwestern style home gets the perfect desert landscape. A gabion wall stands at the back of the yard, next to the foundation of the house to help curb erosion. Small flowerbeds then cascade down the yard along the steps. These beds contain durable plants that can survive the summer heat in this desert climate without much water. Instead of mulch in these beds, the beds are filled with rock to keep from having to grow grass that would require lots of water during the summer months. This way, the home's front yard is completely sustainable.