What looks like the wire cage around it, was testing out things that could be used to provide a cover for winter protection. There's still a couple of gaps to be filled, but they can be filled with pots until I decide what will fit.
Where the agave salmiana was there is now a little agave asperrima. My plant is only small so here is a photo of the mother plant at Crete Lodge.
The new plants still need to fill out to make that section more balanced with the left hand side.
As you can see the aloe polyphylla is flowering nicely this year.
The other side of the railway sleeper is the new extension to the bed. The first plants to go in were the aloe polyphyllas, just infront of the post you can see the one that has been planted. In the pot next to it, is the tripple headed that will stay in the pot this year and be planted next year when better established.
The main plants in this section are the twin yucca rostrata. This looks so much better now it is in a gravel bed and can be seen more clearly. A good trim helped as well.
Also in the bed you can see the agave mitis var albicans. This is a lovely form of A. mitis, much rarer and probaly not as hardy. It has been fine for me and as the idea will be to cover this bed to some degree I though it was worth a try. The aloe saponaria variegata has proven hardy in the existing part of the rockery.
The other larger plants to go in here are the manfredas and in the future possible mangaves. I have planted two manfreda gutattas as an initial test. They have been fine cold wise when kept dry. Plus with the flowering plant offsetting I have lots of them.
There are already quite a few smaller alpines mixed in, the great thing about rockeries is the play you canget between the plants and rocks.
Lots of space to fill out, which this year will be filled with pots.
It all looks a bit small compared to the established parts, so you will have to imagine to picture it all equalled out in a few years time. I'm pleased so far and if it ever stops raining it will look great in the sun.