succulents

Bay Area (and Beyond) Succulent Designers

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At last fall's Succulent Extravaganza, I had fun showing creative designs by members of the Succulent Fanatics, a Facebook group founded by San Jose master gardener Laura Balaoro. My presentation and ensuing YouTube video went over so well, I'm doing something similar at the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show on March 19. Designers whose ideas, [...]

Six Sux for my Show-and-Tell

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  Spring starts for me this year at the Fallbrook Garden Club in north San Diego County on Feb. 24. Guests are welcome, and all attendees will receive a gift plant courtesy of nearby Serra Gardens Nursery. I'll show photos of beautifully designed gardens and do a show-and-tell of outstanding succulents from Serra.  Among them are: Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick'. Shown close-up [...]

Aloes in Kelly Griffin’s Garden

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Kelly Griffin is a succulent breeder for Altman Plants, the largest grower of succulents and cacti in the US. Kelly is renowned for his aloe hybrids---unusual and colorful succulents new to the nursery marketplace.   In Kelly's own garden are aloes yet to be introduced, that he's experimenting with, growing for flowers so he can harvest the [...]

Got a Pot? Elevate it!

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“Everything looks better elevated,” says San Diego succulent designer Diana Clark, who has wood stands custom-made to enhance her potted compositions. Diana, who calls her business "The Perfect Plant" because she pairs vessels found at antique stores or estate sales with a "perfect" succulent, created the plant-pot pairings shown here. As you look at them, ask yourself: [...]

Fall Succulent Must-Do’s

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Overwintering succulents

The secret to caring for any plant is to understand its native habitat and to try to replicate that as much as possible in your garden, greenhouse or home environment. Succulents by and large come from warm, dry regions with low humidity and minimal rainfall, and the majority can't handle freezing temperatures. After all, these are [...]