Echeverias in Bloom

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

Echeverias, native to Mexico, have the most amazing blooms.

They remind me of little lanterns or candy corn.

The plants themselves are intriguing too, with lovely rosette shapes and pastel colors that include blue.

The flowers range in color from peach and pink..

…to coral and vibrant orange…

…and pale yellow.

This is Echeveria imbricata in bloom, in the landscape.

And this is Echeveria ‘Blue Sky.’

Most of these photos were taken in mid-July at one of my favorite nurseries, Oasis Water Efficient Gardens in Escondido, CA.

My goal is to share the beauty of waterwise, easy-care succulents in gardens, containers and landscapes via blog postsnewsletterspublic speaking and workshopsphotosvideosmerchandise, and social media (Facebook and Pinterest). My books: Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardensand Succulents Simplified. 




Debra Lee Baldwin
Award-winning garden photojournalist Debra Lee Baldwin authored the Timber Press bestsellers Designing with Succulents, Succulent Container Gardens, and Succulents Simplified. Debra is a regular contributor to Sunset and other publications, and her own half-acre garden near San Diego has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens. Debra specializes in showing how to use architectural, waterwise and easy-care succulents in a wide variety of appealing and creative applications.
Debra Lee Baldwin
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Chrystel July 20, 2012, 10:12 pm

I like these! I wonder how they would do in west Kentucky?

Sole July 21, 2012, 4:21 pm

These are just gorgeous… Now I know why I keep looking at succulents at the nursery, buying a few, but really has no idea what to do about them 😉

Donna July 22, 2012, 8:11 pm

Very pretty images. I very much like these plants, but they are houseplants here. I have a few and they are blooming now too.

Fran July 23, 2012, 10:32 am

Debra….I’m salivating. I thought I’d be able to choose a ‘favorite’ photo but it can’t be done….at least 3 of them are at the top of my list….

Thanks for the inspiration!! Fran

Cathy July 23, 2012, 4:44 pm

Love the photographs and the plants. We will be visiting my brother- and sister-in-law who live in Escondido in October… no bets on where we’re going to be making a field trip!

We just planted our long-awaited succulent garden and managed to get some sanseverias in bloom. What an amazing sight — I never realized they bloomed!

Our new succulent garden is lovely – we’ll be posting about it on our blog in the near future and Debra, you get all the credit for setting us along this path. We devoured your books and your posts here were the inspiration for our project.

We planted for maturity and filled in the spaces with portulacas and coleus to add some color and texture until the succulents spread and fill in.

We had intended to make a hypertufa trough but instead, we turned a cracked fountain into a gorgeous succulent planter. Thanks for the inspiration and guidance!