Designing with Succulents

Time to Celebrate Ice Plants!

– Posted in: Succulents

I showed this photo recently at one of my presentations. In the back of the room, a little girl stood on a chair to see better. I understood; as a child growing up in Southern CA, I also was captivated by brilliant ice plant blooms. Those colors! As blindingly bright as ever a flower could [...]

Of Succulent Wreaths and Cuttings

– Posted in: Succulents

I'm often asked to recommend sources of succulent cuttings for wreaths, topiaries and other projects. Unfortunately, most online sources sell cuttings for around $1/apiece, which means a wreath---not counting its moss-packed wire donut---may cost $100 to make. But pre-made wreaths available this time of year not only cost much less, they're also a great source [...]

Succulent Extravaganza Recap

– Posted in: Garden Adventures, Succulents

See the seahorse? It's sempervivums planted in vertical panels. This was one of many lovely and unusual sights at the second annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens nursery in Castroville, CA last week. A terrace at the nursery is planted with Agave 'Blue Glow' (foreground) and Agave 'Blue Flame' (background). One-third of my forthcoming book, [...]