And since I posted about the Pennisetum (at right) last month, I decided to focus on the Yucca 'Lonestar' (left and far rear).
I purchased them in 1 gallon containers 2, maybe 3 years ago? They grew MUCH larger than I expected. They were marketed as kind of a "brighter" soft-leaf Yucca, but if you looked at them side-by-side I don't know that you'd put them in the same category: they aren't floppy or soft. (The ones that get more shade have a few leaves at the base that flop down.)
Their upright habit is more like that of a Spanish Dagger, but the leaves are broad like the soft-leaf.
I love how the leaves of this Yucca look painted. I would buy more, but I haven't seen them at a nursery since.
The second runner-up is my new plant crush, Datura wrightii. I love the gray-blue leaves, and the way it spreads out like an umbrella.
The one good thing about the gawd-awful heat of late is the way it affects some of my stabby plants. The Opuntia santa-rita 'Tubac' and Agave striata 'Live Wires' have both taken on reddish-purple hues:
|Opuntia santa-rita 'Tubac'|
(I tried to get better close-ups, but with my iPhone being my only camera these were the best I could do.)
|Agave striata 'Live Wires'|
Tons of thanks to Pam Penick of Digging for hosting the monthly Foliage Follow-up!