Designing with Succulents

Succulent Extravaganza Recap

– Posted in: Garden Adventures, Succulents

See the seahorse? It's sempervivums planted in vertical panels. This was one of many lovely and unusual sights at the second annual Succulent Extravaganza at Succulent Gardens nursery in Castroville, CA last week. A terrace at the nursery is planted with Agave 'Blue Glow' (foreground) and Agave 'Blue Flame' (background). One-third of my forthcoming book, [...]

Succulents: Q&A

– Posted in: Garden Adventures
Agave tequiliana_JFR

What do tequila, green roofs, Guatemala and lawn removal have in common? They're among the subjects of questions people have emailed me since Designing with Succulents was released.  I recently added a Q&A page to my website.  You're invited to see if your own question is here, or just enjoy the others.   Q: I live east of Phoenix in the low [...]

Blue-Ribbon Succulents

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Peter Adenium

The annual cactus and succulent show at the Los Angeles Arboretum is the largest in the world.  It's a 2-hour drive for me, but I wouldn't miss it. When I see a plant I've never seen before or a perfect specimen of something I'm familiar with, I go slack-jawed and stare. And this year there were dozens. [...]