Purchased an agave for the gardens this past Sunday at the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon plant sale. Agave ferox "Green Goblet", the meanest looking plant I have never seen. I thought the opuntias were Devil plants with their needles. This beautiful dark rich green plant which is about 9" wide by 7" has a single black spine on the end of each leaf that is about one inch long and there are these little spines that are on the sides of the leaves. Looks like an accident waiting to happen if it is not handled right. Trust me on that statement!
Native to eastern Mexico and reaches about 4' in height x 5' wide.
Drought tolerant and USDA hardiness zone 7b to zone 10.
Beech Street Gardens is located in a USDA zone 8b, at an elevation of 253 ft./ latitude 45.54983/ longitude 122.603747 in NE Portland, Oregon which is located in the Willamette Valley of the Great Pacific Northwest. My partner Will and I purchased our 1,100 sq. ft. bungalow home that the gardens are based around in the summer of 1990. When the gardens first started there was lawn (2 1/2+ hours of edging and mowing) and a couple of flower beds. Today there is a very small lawn (15 mins. top to edge and mow) and small minor gardens within three major gardens consisting of trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. These gardens are based on drought tolerant plants, very close to a Mediterranean style. Plants receive most of their water during the fall, winter, spring months from the rains and with very little help from me during the summer.
Certified Backyard Habitat
Beech Street Gardens is an organic garden and certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation
It Is A Fact
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