Contemporary gardens are becoming more and water wise and are more appealing for their easy-care. The gardens contain lots of stone, wood, and bold containers with architectural plants. The plants, not used as lushly, stand out even more. The clean lines of the Euphorbia Tirucalli, or “Pencil Cactus”, is just an example of one the many architectural plants available. Succulents have a “perfect” nature about them. Symmetry and strong lines come to mind. A contemporary garden tends to show off these features more because they aren’t competing against each other, but are being highlighted in contrasting elements.

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Carunculations (Echeveria Etna)

Named after the most active and violent volcano in all of  europe. Sicily’s Mt. Etna has been active for over a million years and is still erupting today. The word ‘etna’ is derived from the phoenician word meaning “furnace”. This particular echeveria is not the first...
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Black Rose Aeonium

A great way to bring some soft height into a design. These plants are truly amazing. The name Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’ comes from the dutch translation of “black head”, but it is also thought to have been of a German hybridization going under the name ‘Schwartzkopf’. Plants...
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Medicinal Aloe

Graptopetalum paraguayensis , or the "ghost plant", is a great, trailing, wandering, ground cover. We love the colors that this plant brings out in a design, complementing the blues, pinks, and purples that so many of the gorgeous succulents have to offer. Each plant...
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Fire & Ice

Echeveria Subrigida, “Fire and Ice”, isn’t the most common echeveria, but one we love greatly. In optimal conditions the plant will grow up to 18” wide and with its soft, deeply canyoned leafs, it offers the same rosette forming quality of aboutique agave with none of...
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Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi “Aurora Borealis”

Kalanchoe Fedtschenkoi Marginata "Aurora Borealis". The name of this plant is a real mouthful. The scalloped purple leaves of the Fedtschenkoi take on bright ivory, cream, colored edges. These cream edges cast a soft pink band when exposed to higher light. Aurora...
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Contemporary Succulents

Contemporary gardens are becoming more and water wise and are more appealing for their easy-care. The gardens contain lots of stone, wood, and bold containers with architectural plants. The plants, not used as lushly, stand out even more. The clean lines of the...
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Succulent Flowers – Calandrina

Flowers are popping up all over the places in succulent gardens this time of year. Echeverias, with their tiny, tinker-bell shapped flowers, and agaves, shooting giant 30' blooms, but none is more spectacular than the chilean bloomer, Calandrinia Grandiflora. This...
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Century Plants

A common misconception about agave is that they flower every 100 years. “The Century Plant” is the common name given to Agave Americana, and some of its variegated counter parts, Agave Americana Variegata, and Agave Americana Medio-Picta ‘Alba’ are just a couple. The...
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Saguaro and Cardon

The Carnegiea Gigantea, “Saguaro”, and Pachycereus Pringlei, “Cardon”, are very similar cactus with extremely dissimilar growth rates. The Saguaro can grow over 50’ tall with many branching arms, but it may take up to 75 years for it to develop it’s arms, and some...
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Echeveria (Ech-e-ver-ia)

Echeveria is a rather large genius of succulents, with a wide spectrum of colors and sizes that all have showy rosettes. Because of the rosette forming nature of these plants they were first classified as Sempervivum, but in 1828 the genus was named after Antanasio...
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