Spotted at Sunset’s Celebration Weekend: succulents in a Hover Dish hanging planter. I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now. Anything would look great in a planter this cool, but it really is so perfect for succulents.
The frilly echeverias are clearly the stars here. Smaller echeveria are planted in alternating clusters of green and purple with spiky forms filling the spaces between the clusters. Sedums are planted at the edges – the ‘donkey tail’ varieties will grow to spill over the edges of the planter.
Try planting succulents in huge swaths of a single color. There are so many varieties that you can choose almost any color combination you want. Your garden will look like a jewel box.
This is Echeveria Agavoides ‘Purple Pearl’ and Agave attenuata ‘Nova’ (Blue Fox Tail Agave). When these echeveria fill in, the effect is going to be stunning.
I love this idea: succulents in a vintage birdbath – spotted outside a shop in Montecito.
That’s an agave attenuata in the middle, which will get quite big. The rest of the birdbath is filled with dudleya, jade, echeveria, kalanchoe, and sedum. The green plants in the middle are ringed by purple and blue succulents, with a few small green sedums tucked in around the very edges. Your dudleyas (the silver/blue/purple ones) will need to grow a bit before the rosettes get long and full like these. When they get too leggy, just pull them out, break off the long stems, and replant the rosettes.
Even with all of the late season rain, we’re still in a drought. So here is inspiration to get rid of your lawn: the courtyard garden at Cava in Montecito. Terra cotta pots hold citrus, pittosporum, and boxwood. The garden beds contain more citrus, rosemary, lavender, lambs ears, bougainvillea, roses, agave attenuata, and succulents. This is an easy, happy little garden that will smell amazing on a warm, sunny day.
This beautiful, lush garden fills an awkward spot between a fence and the street. Mediterranean Fan Palms (Chamaerops humilis) are underplanted with Agave attenuata and a swath of silver-blue Senecio mandraliscae. Once the plants are established, this needs virtually no maintenance, just infrequent cleanups and very occasional watering.
It was so cool to see this front yard garden in Montecito among the water-hogging tropical-esque gardens and the hidden, but no doubt spectacular, gardens behind walls and hedges. Simple, stunning perfection.
Sago palms, ponytail palms and agave all grow quite happily here in the bay area as do any number of drought tolerant evergreen shrubs. I’d need to substitute the cacti for varieties that can tolerate our cooler climate and wet winters. Prickly pear grows very well around here and can reach 6 feet tall. I’d also use an upright grower like crassula tetragona which can reach 3 feet tall.
Here are some of the plants that are giving me winter color in my garden.
But first: my garden is a mess. We had zero, literally zero, rain the first thee months of our rainy season. Then, for about the past week, it’s been a camellia-smashing, leaves-and-branches-everywhere downpour.
In the spirit of a cup half-full, above is a Chinese Fringe Flower (Loropetalum chinense ‘razzleberri’). In my yard these get part shade, twice weekly water during the dry season, and that’s about it. I’ve had them about ten years, and they haven’t needed a thing. You don’t even need to prune them. Unless you plant them in a too small space which I no longer do (new year’s gardening resolutions).
Below, aloe arborescens and aloe striata are starting to bloom which means hummingbirds! The aloe arborescens is in the back bed, where my dog loves to roll and dig. I plunked a very small plant in one of the holes she dug. It’s grown like crazy in the heavy clay soil and is completely dog-proof.
The aloe striata came in a 2″ succulent pot and has grown to almost 1.5 feet across. The one below is a division from the original plant. This is not an easy aloe to divide, and the leaves are quite fragile.