Here on the West Coast and in a lot of the arid west, we’re dealing with hotter, drier conditions. So some questions running through the back of your mind may be – what to do with the plants you already have? What are you going to do with your garden? How will you get through the drought? What changes might you make?
You can use succulents alone or companion them with other drought tolerant plants. And that is what brought us to the Ruth Bancroft gardens. In the video, we take a closer look at some of the incredible plants they have for sale there.
In the video, Nicole also passes along some valuable tips for planting succulents. In one example, she shows two very similar looking one gallon Agave plants. Look closer at the labels and you’ll see that once they mature they will be quite different; one moderate in size, the other much larger.
As she says, always, always read the labels (if available) to let you know the height and the spread of the plant, since what you see in the 4″ container is not necessarily what you get. Knowing what you’re growing will help you understand how to put your composition together; which is most important when planting in the ground.
For a look at using a Dyckia succulent(s) as an accent in your outdoor decor and living spaces, click here.
You can read more about succulents in this post: Succulent Gift Giving – Making an Aeonium Posy And if you are looking for more inspiration in your succulent compositions, we recommend picking up a Debra Lee Baldwin’s book, Designing with Succulents. The book is best described by Nancy Szerlag of Detroit News, “If you have gardeners on your gift list who are living in warm climates, this gardening book is one they will treasure. And don’t forget your indoor gardening pals. … This book is the bible that tells how to grow [succulents] and then use them to create gorgeous landscapes and containers that become stunning works of art.”