I had just a handful of succulents at our old house. The narrow border lining the driveway, the sunniest planting bed the property had to offer, had an edging of Aeonium 'Kiwi', which I used to keep the soil from eroding. I also had a small mass of magenta flowered Calandrinia grandiflora, which was spectacular in bloom. I added a couple of low bowls with a few more succulents when a plumbing problem forced us to pave over a bed near our front door. That was it. However, since moving to our new house, I've acquired something of a succulent habit. Like most habits, it developed almost without my realizing it. I filled a large pot in one sparsely planted area of the garden. It did well.
I decided to replace the plants in one of the pots by our front door with succulents. They thrived.
So, I planted the pot on the other side of the front door with succulents. It's looking good.
The ivy geranium in the hanging basket near the front door was struggling. I refilled the basket with succulents.
I found I wasn't watering the pots in the side yard frequently enough to keep the plants looking good. The solution? Replace the plants with succulents.
One pot looked lonely there by itself so I added two more pots.
At some point - I don't even remember when - I added a pot containing more succulents to the dry garden to create some additional interest.
There are scads more containers of succulents on the back patio.
And still more on the side patio.
And there are more yet in the front side yard.
Believe it or not, there are more pots I haven't shown. In addition, I've dispensed with pots altogether and planted succulents directly in the ground along the slope, in the dry garden, in the front side garden...I think you can visualize what's happening without more pictures. I've also begun to super-size my succulent selections.
The Agave ovatifolia (Whale's Tongue) shown above is still relatively small but eventually should get 2-5 feet tall and 3-6 feet wide.
So, do you think I have a bona-fide addiction? The fact that more nurseries are beginning to sell succulents in reasonably-priced 6-packs is only fueling my problem. I wish more vendors would properly label their selections as well - too many nurseries skip labels altogether or let a reference to "assorted succulents" suffice as identification. I can usually distinguish genus but I'm too new to the succulent game to identify species and cultivars in most situations.