Have you been adding xeric agaves to your garden in an effort to be more water-wise in light of our extreme heat and drought?
Adding native and adapted xeric plants to the garden is the perfect solution to reducing your lawn and your water bill.
But, as with all plants, it's important to do your research and know what you're getting.
This cold and early winter weather had been hard on some agaves that can take the heat, but can't handle the cold.
I'm always pushing the edge of the envelope (and not just in gardening, but we won't talk about that here). So, that means I trial many plants in my garden that might not be a perfect match for our climate. And, sometimes it kicks me in the ...trowel.
Here's what did and didn't make it at this winter's current low in my garden:
The squid agave, pictured above, is always a tough cookie. They have survived for me down to 17 degrees in the icebox winter of 3 years ago.
Just to set the record straight, I have learned some lessons from previous freezes. I have several desmettiana agaves in pots in my greenhouse - staying toasty warm for the winter. I use to have a nice one along the front walk and it died in a slight freeze. They are so pretty that I reserve those for pots now.
As long as this is as cold as it gets this winter, most of my agaves are safe. Hint, hint.... How are your agaves faring in the winter vortex this year?
Next post I'll talk about how and when to prune out the rotting stuff.