Succulents 32 Ideabooks

Each succulent stands out in its own way — the variegated foliage of Aeonium, the size and grandeur of agave, the cold-hardiness and resilience...
Make a Beautiful and Long-Lasting Driftwood Centerpiece
Colorful succulents tucked into a pretty piece of driftwood make for a long-lasting centerpiece that brings the beauty of nature indoors. To make this piece, I planted exotic succulents and tillandsias in a piece of driftwood I found on the beach in Washington....
Great Design Plant: Aeonium
Aeonium is a genus whose species are prized as some of the most ornamental succulents, with foliage that ranges from vivid chartreuse to nearly black, and that's solid colored, banded or striped....
Great Design Plant: Parry Agave
In the desert landscape, the agave is unrivaled when it comes to sculptural beauty and character — and it has a bonus culinary value. Native to the Southwest United States and Mexico, agaves typically thrive in climates similar to those found there:...
Great Design Plant: Hens-and-Chicks
Low-water landscapes filled with colorful succulents continue to surge in popularity as architects and nurseries discover extraordinary species and hybrids. Topping the list as one of the most popular are "hens-and-chicks," a common name given to two...
Great Design Plant: Blue Chalk Sticks
Heavy rains and prime growing conditions may be in the forecast for gardens across the country, to the delight of the gardeners everywhere. Yet every year, October still manages to be a season with devastating fires and drought for some parts...
Great Design Plant: Beavertail Prickly Pear Wows With Color
Take a walk through the desert in spring or early summer, and you’ll halt at the sight of vivid magenta flowers bursting forth from this medium-size prickly pear. Beavertail prickly pear’s lack of long spines and presence of attractive gray-blue...
Planting Ideas: Life in the Crevices
If you are a plant collector, like I am, you will at some point come to the sobering conclusion that only a finite number of plants can be squeezed into each square foot of your garden space. Human nature dictates that you will try to fit more in anyway,...
Grow a Garden of Succulents for Easy Beauty
Succulents are every gardener’s dream. They offer something for everyone, from the person who has yet to keep a plant alive, to the homeowner looking to minimize a summer watering schedule, to the artist who paints with plants. See if one or more below...
3 Steps to Creating Quick, Easy and Colorful Succulent Containers
Succulents are the darlings of the horticultural world. Imaginative displays in nurseries and garden centers tempt us to create a succulent masterpiece of our own. Yet with so...
Meet a Front Yard Designed for Gathering
When you live in a Southern California beach town and an ocean view is right outside your door, it makes sense to turn your front yard into a gathering spot. That was the thinking of Sacha McCrae, homeowner and principal of Living...
Great Design Plant: Santa Rita Prickly Pear for Purple Appeal
No matter the season, Santa Rita prickly pear adds a variety of colors to the desert garden, along with great texture, thanks to its paddle-shaped pads. As winter approaches, a truly wondrous transformation takes place: The edges of the gray-blue pads...
Alpine Plants: High Performers at Low Altitudes Too
There is something quite amazing about a miniature landscape of alpine plants. Not only is it a unique visual feature, but it also can be an effective way to deal with difficult areas of your site. As the name suggests, alpine plants are native...
Great Design Plant: Paddle Plant
Paddle plant offers high impact even for a succulent. There are more than 125 species in the Kalanchoe genus, but Kalanchoe luciae is distinct. Its flat, stacking leaves contribute to its popularity in the world of succulent landscape design....
Great Design Plant: Fan Aloe
A landscape of succulents tops my list of favorites, but sometimes a little variation from the tight rosettes that define their silhouette is necessary for a...
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