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New Zealand Flax
Lavender Lady English Lavender
New Zealand Flax

Common name:New Zealand Flax
Botanical name:Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum'

Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum' is an evergreen perennial. Big, dramatic plant composed of many swordlike, stiffly vertical leaves (9 ft. long, to 5 in. wide) in a fan pattern. Leaves are purple red. Flowers stems reach high above leaves, bearing clusters of 1-2 in. blossoms in dark red to yellow.

Lavender Lady English Lavender

Common name:Lavender Lady English Lavender
Botanical name:Lavandula angustifolia 'Lavender Lady'

A well-developed woody base is apparent with this evergreen subshrub. Its leaves assume an obtuse form, and have a grey-green color above and a white tomentose shade below. It needs little water, full sun, and well drained soils. Strong lavender scent for perfumes and sachets.

Designer: Sherri Osaka

Mulched Garden

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

Integrated Pest Management:

Develop healthy soil for plants that are vigorous and naturally pest-resistant.