/Exotics
  • This is just as hardy as Agave Americana but looks a whole lot nastier with wide leaf blades and particularly evil spines. This is best planted in full sun in good free-draining soil and left to its own devices
  • Agave Montana is a particularly handsome Agave with a very symmetrical rosette of dark green leaves usually covered with a pale frosting of whitish bloom and carrying on their lower surfaces the distinct impressions of the thorny leaf margins of the previous outer leaf-bud.
  • Dasylirion quadrangulatum is the correct name for a plant long known as Dasylirion longissimum. It is a succulent plant related to Yucca and Agave that slowly grows a thick, beautifully scarred trunk from which erupts a tufted head of narrow, rigid, 4-angled green leaves, each with a slightly withered tip, reminiscent of a fibre-optic lamp.
  • The rare and highly sought after Dasylirion longissimum, very hardy and very beautiful.  
  • Dasylirion serratifolium is a species of Sotol from southern Mexico. However, in cultivation it is more of a 'catch-all' name for a mixed group of hybrids that have green leaves with toothed margins and terminal tufts. For all practical purposes this is unimportant to anyone other than a dasylirion specialist - in the garden they make a stunning focal point for the arid border along with Yucca, Nolina, Agave and Chamaerops with their fine-leafed 'fibre-optic lamp' appearance that contrasts well with other spiky plants. Alternatively their shape is perfect for pot culture, when they can be taken under glass for winter.
  • A hardy and relatively fast growing dasylirion that seems to be one of the better ones for the UK.
  • From 3000m altitude in the mountain forests of northeastern Mexico, Agave montana is a fairly new plant to cultivation. It is uncommonly beautiful, forming a densely packed dome of wide leaves resembling, when mature, a giant houseleek. Each plant is uniquely marked and varyingly toothy yet instantly recognisable as an Agave montana. Due to its high altitude woodland habitat the Mountain Agave is more moisture tolerant than most agaves and has been known to survive -12C in the open garden in parts of England. However its amazing form can be enjoyed just as much when kept potted and grown under cover.
  • Terscheckii is possibly the hardiest of the columnar growing cacti and is most suited for our climate as it is tolerant to moisture.  Can withstand temperature to -10 or lower for short periods.
  • Yucca filifera is one of the largest and fast growing yuccas.
  • Yucca linearifolia ‘blue form’, also called Y.linearis. It has flexible, short green leaves up to 30-50 cm long, forming a perfectly spherical head. If through circumstances the base of the trunk is rotten, it can be cut off and the plant will make new roots via de outer trunk layer. Another remarkable quality is that if the crown is rotten you can treat it for mould and this plant will make new crowns. This plant can withstand temperatures down to -15 degrees Celsius.
  • yucca rostrata yucca rostrata
    A native to the Chihuahuan Desert, inhabits western Texas and northern Mexico in the states of Chihuahua and Coahuila. Yucca rostrata, or Beaked Yucca, is typically found growing on rocky bajadas, slopes, or ridges that are comprised of limestone gravel. Beaked Yucca is a single-trunked arborescent yucca that reaches heights of 6-15 feet. Mature plants may branch and become multi-headed