While the Albizia makes a major statement in the garden, I find myself relying more and more heavily on succulents to add decorative touches. There are pots of succulents throughout the garden.
|A new Aloe striata and an unidentified stacked Crassula in a pot on the main patio|
|A collection of succulent pots on the southeast side patio|
|I planted this birdbath with succulents a couple of months ago but I recently swapped out an ailing Aloe in the center for the Agave victoriae-reginae shown here - it and the Oscularia deltoides in front will fill in (eventually)|
|The struggling Aloe deltoideodonta moved into this pot, which I hope will provide a more hospitable home|
|This recent acquisition wasn't labeled but I think it may be Aloe variegata|
|Echeveria pulvinata 'Ruby,' purchased at a succulent show in April, is happy in the partial shade alongside the dry garden|
I've also been planting more succulents in the ground in areas in which herbaceous plants and shrubs have failed to thrive. This started when, as I may have mentioned before, I placed pieces of an unidentified Aeonium given to me by a friend in the hard-packed soil underneath our citrus trees for lack of a better idea as to what to do with them.
|I've cut pieces of these plants for other areas of the garden dozens of times without any apparent harm to the source plants|
Later, at a loss for plants that could survive in the poor, fast draining soil of the sloped area beneath our Ceanothus hedges, I tucked pieces of Aeoniums in there too.
|I'd estimate that these Aeonium, planted from a few single stems, have been in place about a year now, steadily multiplying|
After seeing an entire border of Aeonium outside a design studio in Orange County, I think I may fill in the remaining space along the stacked rock wall under that hedge with Aeonium.
|New ground for additional Aeoniums|
|This is the look I aim for (photo taken at a design studio adjacent to Laguna Nursery)|
If the drought continues here, as it's expected to do, I expect you'll see even more succulents in future foliage follow-up posts from me. Please visit Pam at Digging for her foliage highlights and to connect to the contributions of other gardeners.