In response to our persistent drought, I've been trading out thirstier plants for more drought-tolerant ones where I can. That's involved the introduction of more succulents. In some areas, that's just meant the substitution of one or two plants; however, in one section of the back garden I've let the succulents take over.
|This is the area in question after I replanted it earlier this week. The bed is roughly 10 feet long and 4 feet wide. It's located at the north end of the back garden.|
|This is a "before" shot taken in late June. The white-flowering Argyranthemum shrubs had become woody and were just blah.|
The area is shaded about half the day so I focused on Mangaves as my focal plants as they can take a bit of shade here. I selected smaller succulents of various kinds to complement the Mangaves.
|This photo was taken in late afternoon after I finished replanting the area on Monday. I left most of the existing Dymondia, Gazania, Cerastium tomentosum (snow-in-summer), and Thymus serpyllum (creeping thyme) in place.|
|View of the same area looking east. I transplanted all the orange coleus into the bed beyond surrounding a Melianthus major I cut back last month. So far it's hanging on!|
On the north end of the bed, I used three Mangave 'Frosted Elegance'.
|I received 3 'Frosted Elegance' Mangaves I'd ordered by mail last week. The specimen on the right is a plant I'd ordered from the same source a few months ago to give you a better idea of what it looks like after it's settled in. I love this Mangave.|
I used a potted Mangave 'Crazy Cowlick' in the middle of the bed to provide some height.
|'Crazy Cowlick' is surrounded on 3 sides by one of my favorite succulents, Crassula orbiculata var rosularis|
On the south end of the bed, I used a mix of three Mangaves.
|Left to right are: Mangave 'Blazing Saddles' (I think), M. 'Freckles & Speckles', and M. 'Lavender Lady'. 'Freckles & Speckles' is new to my garden but the other 2 are not.|
|Comparison of the new Mangave 'Lavender Lady' (left) and my older specimen (right)|
|I filled in between the 3 Mangaves on the south end of the bed with: Echeveria apus (1), Echeveria 'Hookeri' (3), and Kalanchoe marmorata 'Partridge' (3)|
I did a little replanting in my south side garden as well, removing a couple of unhappy daylilies and adding succulent cuttings.
|This is an "after" shot|
|Clockwise from the upper left, the cuttings included: Aeonium 'Kiwi', Aeonium 'Sunburst', Agave attenuata 'Raea's Gold', and a noID Aloe|
I've still got lots of holes in my garden but I haven't been able to find some of the plants I had in mind to fill those vacancies and I'm still looking for inspiration in other instances. I may have to wait until spring to get what I want but I'm continuing the hunt, at least for a time. I'm off to yet another garden center with a friend today!
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