The previous owners of my house were definitely not tending much to the terrace. When I took it over, it was in need of attention. There were no flowers and the few plants around, including the hedge, were not thriving.
With that said though, I have often wondered whether they had an expert in a form of a landscape designer, or a gardener to design the patio and suggest the plants to grow there, as they are very unusual and seem to have been perhaps expensive.
One of them is a very exotic looking thing. I have been told that this is a common plant here in Denmark, but I have failed to identify it. It is a sturdy plant, with long, narrow leaves, I would say almost cactus like. I have seen it previously in Tuscany and it made me conclude that it needs very little water to survive. That made me view it as exotic, combining with the fact that it does look a lot like some sort of agave.
It is an evergreen and the most interesting feature of the plant must be the flowers. They shoot up slowly, as thin, long stems in mid June and then continue to grow exponentially to almost the height of two meters. Then they start branching out over a couple of weeks and the result is branches carrying big, creamy white, bell-like flowers.
Does anyone of you know the name of this exotic flower? (Please click images to enlarge.)