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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Sencio Barbertonicus & Vitalis

Senecio Barbertonicus, the more green of the two, is native to Southern Africa and found in a number of states. All of which have similar climates of being hot and dry, having occasional summer rain, long periods of drought, and temperatures near freezing through the...
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Echeveria Mauna Loa

A showy hybrid of Echeveria Gibbiflora done by master Dick Wright, this particularly wavy and bumpy cultivar is named after a still active volcano in Hawaii. Mauna Loa, or “Long Mountain” in Hawaiian, is located on the Big Island of Hawaii and has erupted an average...
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Sedum Morganium (Donkey’s Tail)

Sedum Morganium, more commonly known as the “Donkey’s Tail” can be thought of as a common plant. Here at Orange County Succulents we pride ourselves in doing the common, uncommonly well. To an untrained eye a donkeys tail is a donkeys tail, but to us we see so much...
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Kalanchoe Orgyalis Copper Spoons

The golden bronze leaves on this Kalanchoe give it the same finish as a new copper penny. Branching, succulent shrub that if given the proper conditions can reach up to 6’ tall. They way this plant gets its name is almost as interesting as the plant itself. Kalanchoe...
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Agave Attenuata ‘Ray of Light’

Variegation in plants is the appearance of different colors in the leaves. Typically these colors are white, or yellow, where the zones contrast the more common green foliage. The white, or yellow, variegation is from a lack of chlorophyl in the tissue of the plant....
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The Spineless Agave (Agave Attenuata)

A mature Agave Attenuata will send up a 5’-10’ curved flower arching upwards and backwards, similar to that of a fox’s tail. It’s no wonder how the attenuata received it’s common name. This was the first truly spineless agave. Many variegated sports and cultivars have...
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An Aeoniums Abilities

Aeoniums are some of the most gorgeous plants available, succulent or not. They fit a number of landscape themes and can be used for their vibrant colors, varying shapes, beautiful rosettes, as much as their low water needs. Tall, short, purple, green, we grow only a...
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Succulent Leaves

Have you ever taken a close look at the leaves on your succulents? They can tell you a lot about themselves. While all succulents tend to have a more “plump” appearance, some do more than others. A good, general, guideline with succulents is to water them based on the...
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Sedum Green Carpet

Sedum ‘Green Carpet’ is a great sun ground cover for any garden. Vigorous & dependable, it can grow over a foot wide in a season. Also great for blending, or transitioning between plants in landscapes or arrangements because of its decorative “mini” leaves....
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Blue Curls Echeveria

Echeveria ‘Blue Curls’ is a plant that an entire design can be built around. The colors, shapes, and overall appearance of this echeveria can influence an entire landscape or arrangement. Green, blue, purple, wavy, rosette forming leaves make this plant a true...
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