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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Desert Rose

Adenium obesum is a succulent member of the Oleander family. It originates in East Africa, from regions where it rains frequently in the summer, but is very dry in winter. It blooms in the early spring, and again in the fall. The Desert Rose needs a nice dry soil mix,...
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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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Blue Sky Echeveria

We would classify this friendly and vigorous succulent as one of the quicker and larger echeveria. While individual rosettes can grow up to 8” inches wide, it will also offset freely to form large solid clumps over a foot wide. With more sun and colder nights,...
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Agave Guiengola ‘Creme Brulee’

Agave ‘Creme Brulee’ is the variegated form of an Agave Guiengola, the “Whales Tail” agave. Succulents are able to store water in their leaves, stems, and roots, giving them their fleshy appearance. The massive, fleshy, leaves of the Agave Guiengola and its variegated...
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Sedum Spectabile

There are well over 500 varieties of sedum. Everything from large, blooming, showy sedum, to houseplants, and smaller trailing ground covers. Many of the common drought tolerant sedum are the smaller, more boutique variety, but this showy sedum can grow quite tall....
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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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Aloe Plicatilis (Fan Aloe)

Another amazing South African succulent. The Aloe Plicatilis is a remarkable aloe and incredibly unique. The fan aloe is one the five tree-aloes that grow naturally in South Africa. It undoubtedly earns it’s name from the fan-like display of is long, finger like,...
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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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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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Aloe Hybrid Sunset at sunset

As promised, a photo of the Aloe Hybrid Sunset at Sunset. There are well over 500 cultivars of aloe, many of which are recent hybrids, and more often than not, we the growers, can’t tell them apart. But this aloe, Hybrid Sunset, is a remarkable hybrid. Kelly Griffin,...
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