When you live in a cold climate like I do, you tend to be very envious of plants that gardeners can grow in warmer climates. I love succulents, cacti and other desert plants, and I always find myself drooling over these plants when I travel south. But, northern gardeners rejoice! There are varieties of these exotic looking plants that we can grow too.
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Over the years, I’ve come to find that there are many hardy versions of these plants that I can grow in my Minnesota zone 4b garden – and yucca is one of those plants. I have two varieties of hardy yuccas growing in my gardens, the one in the header photo is ‘Adam’s Needle’.
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I also have a lovely variegated variety, which is called ‘Golden Sword’. I get so many compliments on these plants, and they are a huge hit with my fellow northern gardeners. Many people are surprised that these yuccas are actually hardy down to zone 4a.
Not only are they hardy down to zone 4, but they are also drought tolerant and make a wonderful addition to a garden area that doesn’t get a lot of water. They flower in the summer, sending up long stems of gorgeous white flowers that smell heavenly! Plus yucca are deer resistant plants, which is an added bonus to those gardeners who have pesky deer roaming around.
Do you grow yucca plants in your garden? Tell us about which varieties you grow in the comments below.