The Yucca Plant - A Hardy Drought Tolerant Woody Lily for the Perennial Garden


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Welcome to Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. We are a private research and display botanic garden located near Raleigh, North Carolina (USDA Hardiness Zone 7b). Our retail mail order division allows us to make the best perennials from our trials available to gardeners around the world, some of which were developed here, some from our plant explorations, and others from breeders around the world. Between 1988 and 2010, Plant Delights Nursery introduced over 500 new perennial plants to US horticulture. In 2002, we were honored to be recognized by the American Horticulture Society for our lifetime of work in commercial horticulture. This image gallery is but a sampling of the great perennial plants available for gardeners around the world. We do not carry all plants pictured at any one time, but since our mission is to educate and inspire, we hope these images and the linked articles below will expand your garden horizons and interest. You will find an array of other interesting information and fascinating perennials throughout our website...thank you for taking time to visit.

Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery has gone Yucca plant crazy and has assembled a large and varied selection of yucca plants...several uncommon species like Yucca reverchonii and Yucca linearifolia plus many variegated yuccas like Yucca 'Tiny Star' and 'Color Guard'. Yucca plants offer a southwest architectural form with their straight, spiny leaves radiating out from a single point.

Some yucca plants have a short trunk and look like a miniature palm tree. They all form a beautiful rosette of deer-resistant leaves that may be green, yellow, blue or variegated.

In the summer Yucca plants are topped by a beautiful inflorescence of large white or pinkish flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Most yucca plants can tolerate drought but cannot tolerate heavy, wet soils, especially in winter. However, one species in particular, Yucca filamentosa, is widely adaptable over much of the US.

Try pairing yucca with comparable desert plants like agave and aloe or contrast them with colorful flowering plants like achillea, allium, alstroemeria, callibrachoa, echinacea, verbena, and manettia.

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