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Phormium - 'Yellow Wave' (New Zealand Flax)

Phormium - 'Yellow Wave' (New Zealand Flax)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Grass, Evergreen
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Golden Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Phormium Description

Phormiums are much prized for their striking bold foliage, providing a splash of colour as well as architectural form throughout the year. Some Phormiums can get overly large a leggy, however this relatively compact hybrid variety is well suited to planting within gravel or in pots but also in ammongst other grasses and lower growing plants within a mixed border, where is yellow green sward like foliage can provide contrast with surrounding plants.


Phormium - Cultivation Notes

Phormiums should be planted in full sun in a moist but well drained soil, avoiding exposed locations. Phormiums are nutrient demanding plants so ensure you plant into good quality topsoil and also condition the planting pit with compost. This variety is more compact, being suited to planting in containers, however it should establish and grow quickly if well fed and kept watered. Phormiums do not like being exposed to strong drying or cold winds, being ideally suited to more sheltered sunny locations.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Phormium:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Provides valuable winter interest
  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Suitable for exposed coastal planting
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Phormium

  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Phormium:

  • Evergreen plant with attractive foliage for winter interest
  • Outstanding large evergreen foliage
  • Ornamental grass ideal for drift planting in a sunny spot
If you like this plant you may also be interested in these:
plants for winter interest
architectural plants
coastal plants
plants for heavy clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Formium, Phormeum, Formeum, Phormiam, Phormuim

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