Category: Succulents

Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween creepy freaky plants halloween

Freaky, Creepy Plants for Halloween

I love this time of year, especially Halloween.  In the past, in honor of this holiday, I’ve written about my favorite black & orange plants, and spooky old cemeteries (click here and here, if you dare!)  This year, I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite freaky, creepy plants that I’ve encountered over the […]

My Favorite Late-Winter Flowers

My Favorite Late-Winter Flowers

With the warm weather we’ve had this past week, my garden is slowly starting to wake up.  Little mountains of soil are popping up everywhere as bulbs push their way towards the light, and when I peer down into the crowns of my perennials, I see hints of new growth beginning to stir.   While waiting […]

Plants for the 4 C’s: Corners, Cracks, Crannies & Crevices nooks corners cracks crannies

Plants for the 4 C’s: Corners, Cracks, Crannies & Crevices

When designing gardens, I never forget to focus on what I call the 4 C’s:  corners, cracks, crannies, and crevices.  When looking at a garden, my philosophy is this:  any bare spot is a planting opportunity.  And, I mean ANY bare spot.  A little nook where two stones don’t quite meet up, or a gap […]

Succulent People of the San Diego Botanic Garden

Succulent People of the San Diego Botanic Garden

While spending the day at the San Diego Botanic Garden, my favorite moment was walking around the corner and discovering I was in the middle of a party with life-sized Succulent People. Pat Hammer (who was also the Botanic Garden’s Director of Operations,) is the genius behind these incredible works of art.  She even made […]

Gardening Under Oaks: Learning to Love Dry-Shade Plants gardening under oaks

Gardening Under Oaks: Learning to Love Dry-Shade Plants

Gardening under oak trees is tricky, to say the least. Sensitive to summer irrigation, fertilizers, and root disturbance means creating a garden near an oak tree requires a delicate touch.  That’s why the careful selection and placement of dry-shade-loving plants is critical for the tree’s overall health.  (Does anyone recognize this tree?  It was the iconic, old […]

5 Ways to Design with Containers 5 ways to design containers

5 Ways to Design with Containers

I’ve yet to see a garden that doesn’t have at least a few planted containers included in its design.  Whether artfully placed near the front door, grouped on the back patio, or perhaps incorporated into a garden bed, containers are beloved by gardeners everywhere. When I plant containers in my own garden, they’re often serving […]

Top 10 Deer Resistant Spring Superstars in the Garden

Top 10 Deer Resistant Spring Superstars in the Garden

I love a good Top 10 list, don’t you?  Well, here’s one from me – my favorite Top 10 Deer Resistant Spring Superstars!    Limiting this post to only 10 of my favorite spring-blooming plants was certainly a challenge, especially considering they also needed to be deer resistant to survive the hungry hordes that visit […]

Euphorbia euphoria

Euphorbia euphoria

Once the blistering heat of summer arrives (any day now!) my euphorbias will take center stage in the garden. Their heat-loving quality is just one of the many reasons why they’re a staple in my garden. They’re also extremely drought-tolerant, they’re awful tasting to gophers, deer & rabbits (thanks to their irritating sap), and they […]

Making succulent pumpkins Succulent Pumpkin

Making succulent pumpkins

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season of the year. Once I spot the first signs of pumpkins and squash adorning grocery stores (which happened this week, btw!) I’m like a kid in a candy shop. And don’t even get me started on my obsession with glass pumpkins! I’ve admired succulent-topped pumpkins ever since […]

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