Aeoniums do very well here in my frost-free region of Southern California. Aeonium 'Kiwi' was my "gateway" succulent, the only succulent I had in my former garden to the best of my recollection. I brought some cuttings with me when we moved into our current house 5 years ago. At that time, the only succulents in my inherited garden were a few large Agave attenuata. As a housewarming gift, a friend brought me a few clumps of Aeonium arboreum and, from there forward, I was on a slippery slope with what's become an addiction to succulents.
I've used Aeoniums in pots.
I've also used them to fill empty spaces when I have nothing else on hand.
|I created small beds at the feet of the raised vegetable planters that came with the house soon after we moved in. (The pig was a gift from my husband years ago.)|
I started adding Aeonium arboreum to the front slope to fill space but the plants were so happy there that it eventually became a feature.
|Aeoniums are interplanted here with a variety of other succulents, including off-sets of Agave desmettiana 'Variegata' and Oscularia deltoides|
My original Aeonium 'Kiwi' cuttings went into my dry garden.
|I used Aeonium 'Kiwi' as a massed planting to edge the driveway at our old house but I haven't been as successful at getting it going here along the path in the dry garden. It got more water in our old garden.|
Aeoniums go dormant here when the heat builds in the summer months so I generally use them in areas that are at least partially shaded but occasionally they end up in full sun.
|This west-facing bed runs along the street on the south side of our lot. If you look closely you'll notice I have Aeonium arboreum, A. 'Kiwi', A. 'Sunburst' and A. nobile here.|
After we removed the last of our lawn this past fall, I used Aeoniums in 2 newly constructed succulent beds.
|In this bed next to the backyard patio, I planted what was identified as the green form of Aeonium 'Kiwi' along with Kalanchoe orgyalis, Senecio scaposus and other succulents I can't identify surrounding Cordyline 'Electric Flash'|
|I used Aeonium arboreum here to accent the Agave attenuata I inherited with the garden|
However, to date, this is my favorite foliage combination using Aeoniums:
|In this bed on the north side of the backyard patio I used Aeonium arboreum to accent Phormium 'Ed Carman' and Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt'|
If I showed every setting in which I used Aeoniums this would be even longer than my Bloom Day post so I'll end here. I haven't decided what I can do with Aeoniums for Loree's challenge but I'm sure I'll come up with something. For one thing, my Aeonium 'Garnet' (if that's what it is) needs to be trimmed back.
For views of other handsome foliage, visit Pam at Digging.
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