Variegated Phormium Phormium Evening Glow 5 Litre Pot: 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.
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.
Winter Hardy: Yes, but may need some protection in colder areas, below -10
Eventual height and spread: A relatively small varirety of Phormium upto 1 metres tall with a 1 metre spread, making an ideal choice for pots
Growth Speed: Relatively quick
Growth Habit: Slight cascading habit but more upright than many other phormium varieties
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 a low maintenance plant. apart from removing ant winter damaged foliage in early spring.
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.