Growing guide

How to grow Phormium

Phormiums are undemanding exotic-looking, evergreens with eye-catching coloured, sword-like leaves. They are ideal for sunny borders, gravel gardens or containers. Their dramatic, curious flowers that tower over mature clumps in summer are a real talking point.

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Quick facts

  • Brightly coloured or variegated leaves
  • Heights range from under 1m (3⅓ft) to 2.4m (8ft)
  • Good for coastal planting
  • Prefers full sun
  • Plant in spring or early autumn
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • In cold areas protect the base by mulching 
  • Not palatable to deer and rabbits

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
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