|It doesn't look too bad from this angle. The Aeoniums in foreground and the Helichrysum in the background bookend an empty patch of dirt.|
|As shown in this photo|
The Agave colorata I planted in the center of the bed is finally bulking up and the Aeonium 'Kiwi Verde' surrounding it has filled in nicely.
|The Kalanchoe orgyalis growing up through the Aeonium needed to go, though. What was I thinking when I planted those 2 succulents on top of one another?|
I tried filling in the bare area to the right of the Agave with tiny succulent cuttings but it just looks sad.
|Those tiny succulents aren't going to fill in any time soon and the Alyssum is already covering many of them as it is|
The pots I added to the bed when I first planted it aren't doing much for the space either.
Denise of A Growing Obsession had given gave me another Yucca 'Blue Boy' cutting several months ago. Now well-rooted, it needed a home in the ground and, since my other Yucca did so well in this location (while I lost 3 others in another area of the garden), it made sense to me to plant it near the healthy specimen. I pulled out the Senecio vitalis, which I've used to excess because it fills in quickly, and inserted the Yucca but the area still has holes and lacks cohesion.
|I added Cotyledon and Kalanchoe orgyalis cuttings but I think this just makes things look worse|
|The area's in need of a more serious overall|
I'm considering a range of options:
- Replacing all the tiny succulent cuttings with one or two varieties in larger sizes to fill the entire empty space.
- Replanting the large blue pot with a good-sized Agave or Mangave, creating a "stream" of other succulents pouring from the smaller blue pot half-buried in the bed, ending in a "pool" of the same succulents.
- Removing both pots and purchasing a third Yucca 'Blue Boy' and more Santolina virens to replace all the small succulents.
- Pulling out everything and planting ornamental grass.
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