With arching, sword-shaped leaves, Phormium's are an economical option used to make a dramatic statement in a garden. Originating from New Zealand, they are versatile evergreen plants that tolerate a range of conditions and look at home in a variety of different planting schemes.
Platt's Black is a newer variety to the market, quick to become popular with its deep purple - black leaves. It makes a stunning centrepiece in a container, or an architectural specimen plant in the border, providing a fabulous contrast for silvers, pinks, blues and whites. In hot summers, a spike of tubular, red flowers may shoot up from the centre, followed by sturdy seed-heads.
Large 20ltr pot.
Large 20Ltr Platt's Black Phormium
Position: full sun
Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Flowering period: August to September
Hardiness: frost hardy (may need winter protection)
In late spring, remove any dead or damaged leaves and apply a mulch of well-rotted organic matter to stimulate vigorous new growth.
Phormiums are generally considered disease-free.