Decorating with Succulents - A Few Photos

hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CAJune 7, 2011

I wanted to put a pretty pot in the corner of my new patio down on the lower south side of our yard to brighten it up, so I decided to put together some pretty succulents. Since it's not on drip, and out of my sight line (out of sight, out of mind can also mean out of water), I opted for forgiving succulents. Since moving back to S. California, I have developed this little love affair with succulents. I have two spots on our flagstone path I want to plant two seperate succulent gardens, and Bahia (David) has really given me inspiration to put together a couple of pretty little succulent garden spots. So, thought I'd share this little pot, since I found the most lovely Echeveria 'Etna' specimen to use as a centerpiece.

Here you can see all the 5 different succulents. The centerpiece is a particularly nice Echeveria 'Etna' specimen surrounded by Sedum spurium 'Dragon's Blood' (on the left), Anacampseros rufescens 'Sunrise' (sandwiched between the 'Dragon's Blood', Sedum burrito, and Graptoveria 'Debbi' (peeking out from under the Echeveria on the right side of the pot).

Another couple of views of the pot, and also a little Kalenchoe pumila planted in a smaller pot, which has a very pretty little pink/hot pink flower. And my little Talavera iguana standing guard:

I have a few pots with pretty succulents here and there. Just love them because they stay neat and pretty, are very structual with lots of interesting structure, textures and colors, and are very forgiving if you miss a watering.

Once I get the two little succulent garden areas planted, I'll post up some photos of those areas, too. Have some Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' that are sitting in pots that I'm going to pot up in taller pots as sort of sentinals to one of the areas. I have to get water to those areas, first, and then I can sit down and start putting together some nice specimens that will complement each other. I have a couple of really great books by Debra Lee Baldwin - "Succulent Container Gardens" and "Designing with Succulents". And, there looks to be a very good book about succulents coming out soon, The Timber Press Guide to Succulent Plants of the World: A Comprehensive Reference to More than 2000 Species by Fred Dortort, which should be available this October.

Patty S.

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Very nice. I have a very small front yard and it needs a few small plants so I was thinking of some succulents or cactus. Last year I also planted a Kalenchoe - the flowers looked pretty. However, I have no flowers this year although the plant itself is looking good and has been growing. Not sure why.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 11:37AM
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I like it. I like the iguana too. I saw a snake figurine in that same style that I really liked but it was too $$$$ for me.
Keep the photos coming.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 12:38PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Pretty patio. I love succulents in pots- and yours are nicely packed in there and look really great. I have a few pots with them, but none as interesting as yours.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 12:51PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Thanks, all. Renee, I'm really fortunate that I have several nurseries in the area that have large succulent collections, so my choices are almost endless. And, one of my local nurseries also has a pretty nice selection of Talavera pottery, which I love. It's pricey, though, so I only have a few pieces that I've been slowly collecting. When I get my little succulent garden sections planted, I'll snap some more photos and share. I have two really idea spots, so excited about that!

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 3:12PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

From the bits of your garden in the pictures, it looks like it must be beautiful, not just the pots. Very nice!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 3:23PM
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    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 3:29PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Thanks hoovb and Jenn! You both have lovely gardens, so I take that as quite a compliment :-) If I have a chance this weekend, I'll try to take some pics of my different gardens and post a little walk through. This particular area was sort of an unimproved area that had become very overgrown, and there was no hardscape or real plan. It was our 2011 project, and it's nearly complete. You can see a little peek at my greenhouse, which I'm really excited about. Waited 30 years for that baby!

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 5:40PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Why thanks Patty. :)

What are those airy plants at the edge of the patio?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 6:08PM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA

Those are Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen'. They surround 2 sides of the patio and I have roses ('Julia Child') and salvia (forget the variety at the moment!) around, with some Bacopa in front.

Patty S.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 7:40PM
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jenn(SoCal 9/19)

Thanks, Patty. I'm sure you must be enjoying your new patio and plants as summer approaches. Love the look of the pavers too.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2011 at 9:04PM
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