Dianella
If you're looking for a low-maintenance plant that provides both texture and color, consider the Dianella or variegated flax lily. Handsome strappy green leaves with contrasting yellow stripes will brighten the garden year-round. Stalks of shiny turquoise blue berries lasting from fall into winter create a colorful accent. Neat clumping habit is ideal for mass planting near pools, in garden beds and borders. With its narrow, reed-like foliage and a bonus of variegation, this plant is dramatic in natural gardens, with Asian themes or as a stark vertical texture in the spare, modern landscape. Highlighted stripes suggest sun dappling. Contrasts well against very large-leafed, shade-loving shrubs and bronze-colored plants.

Although the Dianella does well when planted in shady locations, it does best when it receives full or partial sun for most of the day. It requires consistently moist soil during its first growing season. This helps it establish the strong, deep root system that allows it to tolerate drought conditions later in its life. In its second and subsequent seasons, water it only during periods of extreme drought. The ideal time to fertilize Dianella is just before it produces new spring growth. To avoid burning it, don�t place the fertilizer too near the base of the plant or allow it to drop on the foliage. Use the hose to wash away any fertilizer granules that land on the leaves.


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