succulent plants

Companion Plants for Succulents

– Posted in: Garden Design, Succulents
Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'

  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 [...]

The Exquisite, Elusive Spiral Aloe

– Posted in: Garden Adventures
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Alan Beverly was fresh out of college and a Peace Corps volunteer when he discovered a plant that became a lifelong passion. Hiking the rugged mountains of Lesotho in central Africa, guided by "friendly, hardy Basotho people" (whose children shrieked with fear when they saw him, their first white man), he "found Aloe polyphylla perched [...]