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There are not many times you will hear gardeners say they love yuccas. Unless, perhaps it’s a variety like Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’. Reason being, yuccas can be a bit thuggish in the landscape. I wouldn’t say they take over and run rampant, but they definitely hold their ground and then some. If you want to change your mind about having a yucca, or just want to move it, it will leave its calling card behind and you will likely find more yuccas popping up in short order. On the other hand, if you plant a variegated yucca, like ‘Color Gaurd’ you may find yourself a bit smitten. I added some to the Wimberg Focal Garden at Ault Park as well as the Bettman gardens. I’ve had quite a few visitors say something to the effect of, “I’m not a fan of yuccas, but these I like!”

The gold and green foliage adds light to the garden. When the sun shines on them it’s almost like stained glass. There are few plants that have their unique erect, orderly architectural look. Their shape contrast quite well with cascading plants or those that sway in the breeze.

They love the sun, will tolerate some shade and they are not fickle about soil, just make sure it drains well.

Just the Facts
USDA Zones: 4-10
Height: 3-6 feet
Spread: 2-3 feet
Creamy white blooms on tall stalks come June and July
Evergreen and attracts butterflies, which is lovely. 

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