Succulents grown for distinctive rosette forms topping spikes that range in height. There is also a wide variety of foliage colors available including vibrant yellow-green shades, muted gray-greens, deep blackish purples and some are green in center with red edges. Aeonium are related to and at times mistaken for echeverias. Aeonium do well in partial and full sun but can suffer from foliage burn under harshest condition. The plants are only moderately drought and frost tolerant. New plants can be easily propagated from cuttings.
This succulent shrub features a tight rosette of fleshy leaves. Many agave varieties are available with differences in leaf color some of which can be variegated. There are also significant size differences between varieties. Agaves do well in very low water situations. Agaves feature stunning leaf arrangements and dramatic forms that can lend a modern minimalist feel to a gardenscape.
This round cactus can provide striking architectural impact in a rock garden and landscapes seeking a modern, streamlined look. In addition to the round shape, barrel cactus are noted for pronounced white or yellow spines. Flowers take several years to appear in circle pattern at the top. Obvious care needs to be taken in locating barrel cactus plantings to avoid neighboring plants that may invade given the difficulty in working amongst the sharp spines.
This perennial shrub is also referred to as an “African Lily”. The plant features grassy sword-like evergreen foliage and attractive flowers with distinct spots. They are vigorous plants but do take some time to become established for flowering. Care needs to be taken in site selection as the plants are very unattractive if invaded by trailing ground covers and they are difficult to weed.
These poppies do best in naturalized settings and combined with plantings that can take center stage when the poppies become scraggly in late summer. Orange poppies naturally appear in California grasslands. The blooms close at night and in very hot weather. The flowers are particularly striking when they bloom alongside purple lupine. The plants do not transplant well and do best when started from seeds. In subsequent years the plants are self sowing.
These perennials are are often grown as annuals. Their white, yellow-orange, pink and fuchsia blooms have simple symmetrical daisy-like blooms that bring color to late summer gardens and fall gardens. White cosmos flowers are a bright and clear in color. The plants have airy fern like foliage. The plants can take the heat and do well in full sun. While the plants can manage with little water, blooming and overall appearance is best when with regular watering. Cosmos can reach 5′ in height. Mature plants benefit from support.
These early spring blooming bulbs benefit from winter rain reducing the need for supplemental watering. Early spring blooms can be staged with the selection of several varieties. Some types feature fragrant blooms. Yellow is the most common daffodil color. White blooms and those with orange trumpets are often seen as well. Daffodils look great in post and planted in the ground in naturalized drifts.
This evergreen ground cover is sometimes called Silver Carpet or Mini-Gazania. The top of the individual leaves are green while the undersides are silvery in color. In full sun and during periods of drought, the leaves curl to show silver edges. The plant does well in dry areas, grows flat and it can hold up to some foot traffic making it suitable for use as a lawn replacement or in between paving stones. The plants have small unspectacular yellow flowers in early summer.
This low growing succulant is noted by it’s rosette form. The name itself “hen and chicks” comes from the formation on new rosettes at the base of the plant. In this way the plants can spread over a significant area. It is also a nice complement to succulant groupings and rock gardens. Some caution should be paid to avoiding areas with invasive grasses to reduce the need for weed removal. Attractive small flowers appear seasonally on the top of long stems.
This succulent grows to approximately two feet with an appearance that resembles coral. Coloration ranges from green to an orange-red. The red versions offer very high ornamental impact. Propagation can be achieved through cuttings. The plant should be handled cautiously as the milky sap in the plant is extremely toxic but it stays compact and does not need to be pruned. New plants take some time to get going but they are hardy following this.