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Succulents for Dummies

– Posted in: Succulents
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When Designing with Succulents came out in 2007, I proudly showed it to my son, to whom the book is dedicated. He said all the right things...nice layout, great photos...and then casually asked, "But why so many Latin names? Why not use the plants' common names? They're a lot easier to remember." Well for one [...]

Aloes in Kelly Griffin’s Garden

– Posted in: Succulents
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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 [...]

The Scent of Confederate Jasmine

– Posted in: Garden Adventures

This time of year, South Carolina's warm, moist air is fragrant with Confederate (star) jasmine, above, and robust gardenias like those in the garden below. I was there recently to address the Charleston Horticultural Society (CHS) on my specialty, designing with succulents. Naturally I wondered if I'd see any. The CHS arranged for me to stay [...]