Welcome to my Central Florida Garden Blog where we garden combining Florida natives, Florida-Friendly plants, and tropicals.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Flax Lily Goodness
I'm definitely noticing variegated flax lily (Dianella tasmanica variegata) more and more in commercial and residential landscaping throughout central Florida. Personally, I'm convince it is one of THE BEST PLANTS on the planet. Are you as in love as I am? People generally seem to really appreciate it or not-so-much care for it.
First of all, there are few plants that do almost equally as well in sun or shade. Flax lily can tolerate both. In my experience it excels in partial or what I call filtered sun. Meaning it can take a good deal of direct sunlight but appreciates a break from an all day sunbath. If you have places in your garden where the sun shines directly for a few hours and then receives some shade as the sun shifts OR places on the outermost edge of a tree canopy where the sunlight streams through the branches for most of the day flax lily will give you all you ever hoped for in a perennial plant. It is highly drought resistant and considered to be Florida-Friendly requiring very little attention.
I like it as a border plant. Not everyone prefers using a border plant with flax lily's mature height (1-3') and same width. But I definitely do. It is one of the plants I chose as a continuum in the front garden. When grass is removed completely from an area it can also eliminate the calming or anchoring point for the eye when scanning the space. In consideration for minimizing confusion it helps to think about creating focal points and discovering what's the best use of plants to offer a similar sense of calm in the absence of the lawn. Repeat the same variety of a plant effectively in a lawn-less garden and it pulls the space together in a peaceful manner.
For many weeks now each grass-like, variegated flax lily plant is loaded with clusters of tiny flowers suspended atop wispy stalks above the vertical clusters.
For more information on maintenance of flax lily you can read a previous post on this subject here.
Dividing these plants is a very doable option also for adding more of them to your garden on a budget.
Are you a fan of flax lily? Why? Why not?
****words in red are links to references or posts for more information on the subject.****