potted succulents

A Dream Come True

– Posted in: Succulents

Can you believe it? Twenty-five hundred people attended the Succulent Celebration and Book Launch June 7-8. I sold more than 350 copies of my new book, Succulents Simplified. Come celebrate with me! "Roberto" the alligator was in attendance, along with his designer, Laura Eubanks. I did a potting demo followed by a workshop. Candy Suter, [...]

Succulents That Like Stress

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

If there's a good thing about our too-hot Southern California summers, it's that heat makes certain succulents turn color. A case in point is Aloe nobilis, which in my garden grows in nutrient-poor decomposed granite with minimal water. In winter, the same plant reverts to green. Such "stressed" succulents---which seal moisture in their leaves as [...]

Bling for Pots: Crushed Glass

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Leave it to LA. Designers in that city are using crushed glass to snazz potted plants. The glass, tumbled so the edges are smooth (it's often from recycled bottles) lends a splash of glamor.Landscape designer Laura Morton married a pink-edged phormium with an Italian terracotta pot, using a topdressing of peachy-pink glass that also draws [...]