Visit to Sherman Gardens in Corona Del Mar, California. The succulent garden here at Sherman gardens has a great use of succulents in small spaces. I love how the staff and designers incorporated color and texture with the rocks, glass and succulents. I am a big believer in mixing product if the plant product will survive the temperature and water requirements.
I love the flapjacks/paddles/kalanchoe. These are just a fantastic plant to enjoy in the garden. It brings such an interesting composure to the garden. When the paddle plant flowers it will die. It is what people refer to as mono-carpal. So what do you do with the plant after the flower has budded?
Well if you want you can pull it out and replace it. Or you can do what I recommend which is cut it down to soil level and leave the roots in the soil. In a week or so you will see more little paddle plants growing right out of the ground. In a clump and boy are they beautiful. The cycle starts all over again and it is just beautiful.
Also note that the snails love the paddle plants. So in the winter make sure you put some snail bait down around the base of the plant. I always recommend the pet safe snail bait that is white in color. The blue snail bait is extremely poisonous and I dont recommend using that one.
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How to make a beautiful succulent table top container.
1st pick out the container. Make sure the container has drainage holes. This is a must.
2nd pick out the type of plants. Pick colors that you love. Pick lower growing plants to fill the bottom below the bigger plants. Sedums are usually great for the fillers.
Pick some smaller and larger succulents to change up the height and texture.
Get a soil mix that is good for container planting. I always say if you have a chance to smell, touch and feel the soil before you purchase it. You can tell if its rich in nutrients. Make sure the soil has some pumice in it to help the water move through the soil.
First pour alittle soil in it stage your plants and fill it up with the rest of the soil. Your container is finished.
Enjoy it. Remember the more sun exposure the more color will pull from your plants.
Here are some ideas and designs on how you can take the plant material and combine it together to get a dramatic look. The set up is easy to do and once your plants are set up, there is very little work to maintain it.
This showcased succulent planter we have picked due to its rich colors. This will last for many years. And you can make your own too. Here are the succulents featured in this container:
- Aeonium Sunburst
- Aeoinum Tricolor Kiwi
- Echeveria Afterglow
- Echeveria Subrigida
- Echeveria Glauca
- Echeveria Topsy Turvy
- Echeveria Black Knight
- Echeveria Black Prince
At this site there are four planters on each pillar around an infinity pool which makes for a beautiful scene.
This featured palm is one of our very own Kentia Multi 15 gal. Palm trees. Encased with a slight hint of color from some Bromeliads. These two together create a tropical look. Easy to take care of. If you want an instant tropical feel, this is how you get it!