You can always depend on spiky plants to provide architectural interest in the landscape. Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ is an exceptional plant that will not disappoint. Sword-like foliage radiates upward from the crown. The creamy yellow leaves have green edges. During the winter, the leaves will often turn a rosy red.
In the landscape, Yucca ‘Color Guard’ is tough as nails when it comes to maintenance. Moderate to slow growing, it requires very little water once established. It is an excellent choice for borders, containers and poolside/beachside areas.
Pest and disease issues do not exist. Fertilizing after planting is not ever needed. Its thick, spiky growth habit combined with tough leaves make this yucca a great plant for windy, salty coastal gardens.
Sun-loving Yucca ‘Color Guard’ combines well with many drought tolerant perennials. Plant it with Sedum, yarrow, Coreopsis, Russian sage and Rudbeckia black-eyed Susan.
Terry Kramer is the site manager for the Humboldt Botanical Garden and a trained horticulturist and journalist. She has been writing a garden column for the Times-Standard since 1982. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.