Can you tell I am addicted to succulents?

Can't get enough of them, and no garden is complete without a few,(or who am I kidding, ... dozens), of succulents, as well as some complementary bromeliads such as Dyckias and Aechmea recurvata cultivars that can handle full hot sun. Again, even if nothing ever bloomed here, the color contrasts and variations on a theme complement each other. Echeverias, Sedums, Aloes, I could actually design a garden only using these 3 plant groups, but not being a real minimalist, I've never tried such a limited plant composition. Certainly the textural, color and seasonal variation of these 3 is sufficient that it could be done...

 

These plantings are also a good example of flow in a garden, and how it gives a sense of movement, leading the eye to the final platform at the seat/bench.

  • entireleaves 4y

    Thanks! Looks even cooler than usual in your design.
  • schmidtrose 4y

    Growing beautifully!!!
  • mcole135 3y

    Beautiful!
  • Tricia0915 3y

    will succulents do ok in the south during the winter months?
  • jadesnanny 3y

    I also would like to know how the succulents would fare in the south during the winter months. I live in north Alabama. I only have experience with succulents indoors.
  • David Feix Landscape Design 3y

    Sorry for the delay in responding here, but in general, the succulents I show in these photos won't be happy in the south, but there are other succulents you could use to substitute for similar effects, using hardy sedums, sempervivums and agaves instead of the species shown here. The chartreuse Sedum rupestre Angelina is probably perfectly hardy, but the Echeveria elegans and the Echeveria pulv-oliver and Aloe polyphylla in this photo wouldn't be hardy outdoors in the south, especially the Spiral Aloe which just doesn't like high heat.
  • farmhouse_blessings 3y

    Simply Gorgeous!
  • ApplianceLady 3y

    I've started incorporating all types of succulents all over my yard. In every garden, there are gorgeous succulents. I'll see which ones survive, but I know most don't like this Texas heat. I just try to plant them in a shady spot or I put something big in front to protect it from the sun. Love Love Love the succulents! It's my new addiction!
  • Blorgie1 PRO 3y

    Picture perfect!
  • Teddi 3y

    This photo is beautiful. I love succulents too. I only have a few. Can you tell me what those are called between the steps?

    Thanks!!!
  • Vicky GomezQ 3y

    They looks just beautiful! I'm addicted to them too.
  • mmtzjr69out 3y

    Wonderful, I want to copy this in my own yard
  • ahernbj 3y

    What happens to succlents when it freezes here in Texas? I have several in pots and kept them outside during the summer under a pine tree that shaded them most of the day and they were beautiful, but as soon as I brought them in because of colder weather, they are not beautifully shaped any more. We have skylights and the house is very light summer and winter. I did not think you could plant them in the yard and leave them there all year.
  • c_annie123@yahoo.com 3y

    omg i love your garden it looks gorgeous, and yes i could tell your love for the succulents,i love them too they dont need to much care and they make beautiful gardens you sure have a beautiful display thanks for sharing
    your pics...
  • David Feix Landscape Design 3y

    Most of the Echeverias aren't well adapted to summer heat and humidity and winter freezes, limiting them to milder climates such as coastal California, where they mostly thrive. Certainly many Echeverias can be taken inside for the winter, but prefer very bright light and cooler night time temperatures to look their best. Probably best grown indoors in a greenhouse window or sunporch, but they may still lose their form and color if not given enough sun. The succulent between the steps is Sedum rupestre 'Angelina'.

    Succulents are basic outdoor plants in a mild Mediterranean climate such as here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but there are also hardier succulents such as cacti and agaves and others that are able to be grown as far north as into Canada or even the Northeastern USA. Not these ones in my photo, however.
  • `Novo.Chris´ 2y

    Beautiful ..
  • Nicola Bevan 2y

    apsolutely love this,, I am attempting a rockery,,
  • Kari Lonning 1y

    Beautiful choices! (found this photo on Pinterest)
  • Jude 1y

    Oh, you cruel, cruel woman!! ;) As if your succulent garden isn't beautiful enough, you mock us poor souls who live in places with colder winters by including bromeliads in your garden!! I am SOOO envious!

    All joking aside, this is one of the most attractive outdoor settings I've ever seen for succulents. Your choice of flat rocks is perfect to show them off to the best advantage!
  • jcjc1014 1y

    How long have you been doing this landscaping? creative touch.. Go to Bristol botanical.com you will like their work as well. Your gifts and talents are a proven flair of your personality.....Keep leaving those happy tracks...It is great eye therapy...Thank You...Jaycee
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