However, there's one large group of plants that's holding its own: the succulents. I thought this would be a good time for a closer examination of the succulents in the hottest, driest areas of my garden. I showed a wide shot of my street-side succulent bed in a recent post but, as context, here's another view:
|The bed really does slope downward as shown here - none of the streets around here are flat|
Here's a closer view of the bed in segments:
There are a LOT of agaves in that bed. In fact, agaves provide focal points in all of the segments I featured above.
|Three Agave 'Blue Glow', still relatively small, surround a Chondropetalum tectorum (the only one of the 3 I planted 2 years ago to survive) with a couple of immature A. desmettiana, planted as pups, in the background|
|Two of the larger Agave desmettiana planted in the bed - the one on the left was photographed from the street and the one on the right from the dirt path behind the bed|
|Two views of Agave 'Impressa', surrounded by a few Dudleya (currently dormant) and Graptoveria 'Fred Ives' cuttings among other things|
|Two views of my 2 Agave 'Blue Flame', now co-located, and surrounded by a variety of other succulents, including Cistanthe grandiflora and Graptopetalum paraguayense|
Behind the street-side bed is a stacked stone wall. After losing a couple of Ceanothus shrubs in that area earlier this year, I filled in with Aeonium cuttings, which are always available in ample supply. Even though the Aeoniums go dormant at this time of year, they've created the beginnings of a nice green space in that area.
|Most of what I've planted above the wall is Aeonium arboreum (I think) but there are Aeonium 'Kiwi' cuttings too, as well as a few Oscularia deltoides|
For the most part, I've put a stop to new plant purchases until temperatures cool. Succulents are the key exception. I used some of my recent purchases, as well as cuttings from elsewhere in my garden, to plant a low berm in the area I call the glen, just behind the street-side bed.
|All but 7 of the plants in the sparsely-planted area bordered by the stone rubble are cuttings from elsewhere in the garden|
|In addition to 3 Echeveria agavoides, my new purchases here include Agave 'Mateo', a variegated offspring of A. bracteosa (shown at left) and 3 Sedum kamtschaticum 'Variegatum' (shown in the middle and right photos)|
I also used cuttings to fill a hanging planter I got from Potted at a mail-order discount because it was labeled as imperfect. (It looked good to me!)
|The hanging planter needs a larger specimen in the middle - I'm planning to replace the 3 cuttings of Crassula capitella 'Campfire' with a larger version of the same plant and will add some gravel as a filler|
Some of the succulent pots in this and other areas of the garden could really use a trip to rehab so you can expect to see more succulents in future posts. I have to have some outlet for my itchy fingers - I can only spend so much time in my garden spreading mulch and doling out emergency water.
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