Surrounding a dramatic “thriller” with the right supporting cast is a timehonored formula for container garden success. If you want to freshen up your potted displays, look for show-stoppers to anchor your designs. The plants on the next few pages get plenty of attention at my garden center; these beauties can step into the starring role and steal the show. Will any of them make your next casting call?
Mangave cultivars are delightfully diverse
Mangaves are cool new hybrids that have taken the succulent world by storm. They combine the best characteristics of two species: the strong architectural qualities of agaves (Agave spp. and cvs., Zones 7–10) and the fast growth and pretty leaf patterns of manfredas (Manfreda spp. and cvs., Zones 7–10). These collectible cultivars are stunning grouped with each other and with other succulents.
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