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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
These homeowners have continued their water-conscious design into the backyard. Here, they have also replaced the grass with gravel, and the plants they have used can withstand the drought. The gazing pool in the yard is the perfect place to relax on a warm day, but will not need constant refilling.
The concern for this design was sustainability, so to landscape the exterior of the house, the designers used mostly reclaimed materials, like the stones that make up the gabion wall, and plants that wouldn't require much water, such as the cactus.
Smooth stone pavers guide visitors into the home's courtyard, where water and a planted tree create a calming, earthy setting. Sliding glass doors open the home's interior to the outdoors and so encourage a sense of flow.