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Companion Plants for Succulents

– Posted in: Garden Design, Succulents

  At this month's Succulent Extravaganza, Sept. 28 and 29 at Succulent Gardens near San Francisco, I'll be speaking about companion plants for succulents that vary from ground covers to trees. Many grow in my own garden near San Diego. Two examples are above: orange California poppies (an annual) and blue fescue, a perennial that [...]

Fierce Color

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Why are we so shy about color in our gardens? What's with all those pastels? Give me loud hues, fierce and bright. Like this pair of ice plants, which is anything but icy. Calendulas sizzle in my garden, their petals glossy orange. Velvety purple is eye-popping, too. This scorcher is Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire'. In case its [...]