Succulent Container Gardens

Succulent Centerpieces

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

The ideal Thanksgiving centerpiece... -- Is low so guests can see over it. -- Is festive, in keeping with the holiday. -- Has colors that convey autumn. -- Looks good with your decor and china. -- Doesn't take up too much table space. -- Is simple to assemble and can be done days ahead. -- Is [...]

Succulents: Q&A

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

What do tequila, green roofs, Guatemala and lawn removal have in common? They're among the subjects of questions people have emailed me since Designing with Succulents was released.  I recently added a Q&A page to my website.  You're invited to see if your own question is here, or just enjoy the others.   Q: I live east of Phoenix in the low [...]

Blue-Ribbon Succulents

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

The annual cactus and succulent show at the Los Angeles Arboretum is the largest in the world.  It's a 2-hour drive for me, but I wouldn't miss it. When I see a plant I've never seen before or a perfect specimen of something I'm familiar with, I go slack-jawed and stare. And this year there were dozens. [...]

Face Pots

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Face pots straddle the line between whimsy and kitsch. I photographed these while working on my last book, Succulent Container Gardens. Two made it into it.  So what do you think? Any of these that you would want in your own garden...or that you particularly like or dislike? A hippo's headress is Kalanchoe beharensis 'Fang' and graptopetalums. String of pearls [...]