August is not a month when you want to spend a lot of time gardening. A lot of people are on holiday, it’s often very hot, and those who are at home will not be in the mood for intensive work in the garden. That is why this month the focus is on plants that can look after themselves when the temperatures rise: Agave, Eucalyptus, Aeonium and jade plant (Crassula). Agave, Aeonium and jade plants are succulents that store moisture in their leaves, whilst eucalyptus can cope pretty well with heat and drought thanks to its oil-bearing properties. Together they provide an attractive grey-green palette for a sun-soaked summer mood that fits better with ‘enjoying the garden’ than ‘working in the garden’.
Agave grows in Central and North America, eucalyptus comes from Australia, the jade plant originates from South Africa and Aeonium is native to the Canary Islands.
The range of plants for a Carefree Summertime is extensive. There are many different species and cultivars of each genus that can be used as a garden plant.
Agave americana (Agave) features well-established cultivars like ‘Aureovariegata’ and ‘Argenteomarginata’, but also new smaller varieties such as A. stricta, A ‘Dhaka Zulu’ of ‘Amigo Jambo’.
Eucalyptus (gumtree) is offered in various species that differ in terms of hardiness and speed of growth. The most common is E. gunnii ‘Azura’.
Aeonium is offered in a few species. A. arborescens ‘Atropurpureum’ is the best-known, particularly because of its attractive dark reddish purple rosettes to which the cultivar name refers.
Jade plant comes in many different cultivars. The small succulent leaves are characteristic. The most common are Crassula ovata, Crassula ‘Horntree’, C. ‘Sunset’ and Crassula ‘Golum’.
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