Small Container-Sized Agaves Perfect for Urban Spaces

By Noelle Johnson, Houzz

There are more than 200 species of agave, ranging in size from 6 inches to more than 12 feet wide. Due to their modest size and compact root systems, smaller agave species make an excellent choice for growing in containers. They require only infrequent watering and do well in summer, even in the heat. Their spiky shapes add dramatic interest to many garden spaces, big or small, along with patios, poolsides and entryways and as outdoor table centerpieces.

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Here are 10 agave species that are perfect for smaller areas, with varying cold tolerances, exposure requirements and sizes to ensure there is one right for you.

Noelle Johnson Landscape Consulting, original photo on Houzz

1. ‘Compacta’ Queen Victoria Agave (Agave victoria-reginae ‘Compacta’) Native to Mexico