Restoring an Aloe Garden
|Aloe 'Cynthia Giddy'|
|Aloe hybrid 'Hercules' |
this is a small specimen
a great species for a massed planting
a more user-friendly
type suitable as a groundcover.
|A thorny reason why many people |
shy away from the bigger Aloe species
As with so many aspects of gardening, there is a mind-boggling array of plants available for our use in gardens. Even with a short bit of research, I found 11 Aloe types at just one nursery ( albeit one of the most diverse nurseries in the US). I found nearly 50 more types available via mail-order nurseries, and a cadre of people willing to lend enthusiastic counsel. In a short time, I will be able to acquire the many species of arid-garden plants I need, and will be well on the way to renovating our old Desert garden collections, with new and more user-friendly species. I look forward to introducing our visitors to the idea that many desert garden plants can be user-easy and worth the time to wait for their flashy flowers. In addition, many of these species attract hummingbirds, so what are people waiting for ?