With their evergreen sword-like leaves, phormiums can bring a touch of the exotic to our gardens. Young plants can be used in the back of planters to add height and form a good backdrop for flowering bedding plants before moving into the garden.
Phormium ‘Jester’ is a fantastic variety with its pink and green leaves. It is perfect for growing in containers and can take a bit of abuse, tolerating dryer conditions and some wind. It is a smaller growing variety typically reaching up to 120cm (4 ft).
Phormiums grow best in well drained positions in full sun or partial shade. They do not normally suffer from any diseases or pests. They can grow to about 180cm (6 ft) although in late summer they can produce a very unusual flower spike 1m (3 ft) above the plant. They come in a range of foliage colours which can complement any garden.
They do look particularly good in stylish glazed pots where a mix with other exotics can bring a Mediterranean style garden to your home.
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