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Phormium 'Yellow Wave' - New Zealand Flax

Phormium 'Yellow Wave' - New Zealand Flax

Type Herbaceous, Grass, Evergreen
Size Large Border (1 to 3m height)
Form Spikey
Colours Golden Foliage
Care Low/easy maintenance
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium growing

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.

Cultivation tips: 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.
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