Garden Aloes

Aloe acutissima

Succulent and cactus gardens, xeriscape plantings, dry borders and rock gardens. Does well in pots too, provided soil drains well. Best when planted in groups of three or more to fully appreciate striking lilac foliage. read more

Aloe Blue Elf

Since Aloe Blue Elf is is low-growing and clumping in form it's an excellent choice for mass plantings, rock gardens, waterwise borders or containers. Also use it in bird and hummingbird gardens, in masses with other low-water plants, or along ponds, fountains, or swimming pools. Hummingbirds and bees love the tubular orange flowers that appear on tall spikes during the spring and summer. read more

Aloe buhrii

The interesting, spotted leaves of Aloe buhrii and it's smaller size make this plant a good choice for use in borders or massing in a garden's foreground read more

Aloe cameronii

This aloe makes a nice specimen planting and provides a striking foliage color contrast in the succulent garden. Aloe cameronii is great for beds and borders, rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens. This plant makes a handsome container plant when young. Leaves are brittle and can easily be broken so plan plant's location accordingly. Good for attracting nectar loving birds and insects when in bloom. This Aloe provides a colorful focal point in the xeriscape. Deer resistant. read more

Aloe ferox

Cape aloe is great for beds and borders, rock gardens, succulent gardens, Mediterranean gardens or in decorative containers. This plant makes a beautiful and dramatic specimen for the garden and is great for attracting nectar-feeding pollinators. Deer resistant. The bitter aloe is most famous for its medicinal qualities. In parts of South Africa, the bitter yellow juice found just below the skin has been harvested as a renewable resource for two hundred years. The hard, black, resinous product is known as Cape aloes or aloe lump and is used mainly for its laxative properties but is also taken for arthritis. 'Schwedenbitters' which is found in many pharmacies contains bitter aloe. The gel-like flesh from the inside of the leaves is used in cosmetic products and is reported to have wound-healing properties. It also is used in scalp to promote hair growth and prevent dandruff. In South Africa, the gel is used to make a jam and as an ingredient in food and drinks. Dry leaves are used in making herbal tea and the flowers are sucked for their sweet nectar. The leaf ash is used as an insect repellent. read more

Aloe globuligemma

The interesting flowers and attractive foliage of Aloe globuligemma combined with it's size at maturity make this plant a good choice for placement in borders or in the mid-ground of a garden. read more

Aloe mudenensis

Aloe mudenensis makes a great accent plant. It is also very suitable as a container plant and small aloes can be used very effectively as border plants at the edge of a bed. It would be ideal for small gardens. read more

Aloes organized by use in the garden