The agave attenuata is a popular plant amongst
gardeners and landscapers for a number of
reasons. They have bold sword shape leaves and
strong colours. They look great in a variety of
landscaped designs whether they are the focal
point (feature plant) or slotted in amongst other plants. The
also have a rare and unusual but amazing flower
which grows more than ten times the height of
A Popular Plant
Agaves have become more popular in recent times
because of their ecology and hardiness. With
climate change and accelerated population
increases, many urban areas experience droughts
and water restrictions once or twice a decade.
Selecting drought resistant plants such as
agaves are an environmentally and economically
responsible choice. As technology improves, our
lives become busier leaving less time for
pruning, spraying, fertilizing and watering so
agaves are a wise choice for these modern times.
A Good Choice
Agaves are adaptable and grow well in a variety
of environments including harsh climates and
they are rarely affected by pests or disease.
They can withstand strong sun, strong winds and
poor soil. Their low maintenance makes them
ideal for first home buyers and novice
gardeners. Since advanced agaves are quite
heavy, relocating and transporting is
complicated pushing up the value and sale price
of large agaves. Placing small agave plants in a
new garden may not produce instant results but
when the garden becomes established, the
developed agaves will look valuable and prove to
be a wise investment.
As long as agaves have a chance to dry out and
are protected from frost, they will become a
healthy attractive plant.