Phormium Tenax Sundowner 7.5 Litre: Sundowner an easily maintained and quick to establish specimen plant. Also known as New Zealand Flax or Flax Lily it is an evergreen perennial which forms a clump of erect leaves to approximately 1.5 metres leaves are broze and green with a hint of red and pink. In warmer areas it will produce flowers upto 6ft high Its strong architectural form works particularly well in gravel gardens or is ideal if you are looking to create a Mediterranean look. Can also be planted in a large pot to be used as focal point on a patio or balcony.The plant is also highly resistant to salt making it a great choice for coastal planting.
Phormium make a dramatic statement in the garden, the effect of these plants will give is immediate. They are versatile evergreen plants that tolerate a range of conditions and look at home in a variety of different planting schemes. Phormium or New Zealand Flax, has two characteristics which are sought-after by gardeners looking to add a bit of drama to their borders. It offers bold, architectural lines with its erect, sword-shaped leaves and rich evergreen foliage colour.. It is especially suitable to container growing and is often used as a central feature to give height. As an evergreen it will add valuable winter interest to your garden where it will provide structure and act as a foil for flowering plants. In hot summers, towering spikes of tubular, red flowers emerge from the centre, followed by sturdy seed-heads. It gives a lush almost tropical feel to gardens. Phormium is a robust species that is easy to grow and requires very little maintenance. Phormium are extremely tolerant of a variety of harsh conditions, it copes particularly well with industrial pollution, wind and coastal sites. Interestingly, while phormiums love a moist, well drained, fertile soil and they can succeed in both sandy and clay soils and also can be very drought-resistant.
What to expect: Your plant will arrive in a 7.5 litrer pot, and an actual plant size of 70 to 80cm and will look just like the pictures, regardless of time of year purchased.
Soil: Will sit happily and adapt to most soil types does especially well in damp free draining damp soil. Heavy clay should be avoided.
Suitable for container planting: Yes a great choice for pot or ground.
Eventual height and spread: Upto 1.5 metres tall with a 1 metre spread.
Growth Speed: Relatively quick
Growth Habit: Draping almost cascading
Flowering Period: July and August, however this does depend on summer temperatures, the warmer the climate the more probable flowering will be.
Pruning: Not really a requirement..
Phormiums are extremely tolerant of a variety of harsh conditions, it copes particularly well with industrial pollution, wind and coastal sites. Interestingly, while phormiums love a moist, well drained, fertile soil and they can succeed in both sandy and clay soils and also can be very drought-resistant.