There are many agave that are hardy in our Zone 7b garden that many people would not think would live here. The key to successfully growing agaves is proper siting, planting, and culture. These are pictures taken this week of agaves in the garden.
Join us May 4, 2019 at 2:00pm for our Gardening Unplugged garden chat on Hardy Agave for the Garden, during our Spring Open Nursery & Garden Days.
I am watching a wonderful TV series called Victoria on Masterpiece , and so I was excited to see your photo of Agave victoria-reginae. Of course there is
Victoria amazonica ( they even show this in TV series) and Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria.’ If anyone knows of other plants named for her, I’d love to know the names.
What is your formula for the raised beds that are home for the agave ?
A basic formula for our raised agave beds is 1/3 native soil, mix with 1/3 organic compost, and 1/3 permatil.
I used a blend of 50% local soil (a lot of which is clay) and 50% Master Gardener
“Bumper Crop” organic garden soil, with healthy sprinkling of “Bumper Crop” organic soil conditioner. I’m in Zone 7b… so far, so good!