succulent garden

Book Giveaway: “Foliage First” by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz

– Posted in: Contests and Giveaways, Garden Design, Succulents

AND THE WINNER IS: BECKY KIRTS! Becky was chosen at random and has been notified. (If I don't hear from Becky in 48 hours, another winner will be chosen.) Thank you all for participating. I have more giveaways in mind, so stay tuned!   "Gardening with Foliage First" by Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz is a book I [...]

KPBS-TV in My Garden

– Posted in: Succulents

"As the market for water thirsty plants dries up, sales of cacti and succulents are thriving -- and San Diego's North County is ground zero for all things succulent." So begins a segment on KPBS-TV by Alison St. John, a bureau chief who has been covering local issues for decades. Alison interviewed me in my garden [...]

Succulents That Like Stress

– Posted in: Succulents

If there's a good thing about our too-hot Southern California summers, it's that heat makes certain succulents turn color. A case in point is Aloe nobilis, which in my garden grows in nutrient-poor decomposed granite with minimal water. In winter, the same plant reverts to green. Such "stressed" succulents---which seal moisture in their leaves as [...]