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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Century Plant Agave Americana

The Century Plant, Blue Agave, or Agave Americana, are some of the largest in the agave family and are recognizable anywhere. Comically named the century plant, it truly only lives 10 - 30 years. The large sword shaped, gray-green leaves spread open in a rosette up to...
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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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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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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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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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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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Agave Lophantha – Quadricolor

We love the versatility of this agave. Quadricolor has the ability to be paired and contrasted with so many different colors. Each green leaf has an exterior yellow variegation and a lime green center, giving the leaf itself three distinct colors. The green allows it...
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Jade Succulents

There are many varieties of Jade, all of which are now available at our Irvine location. Some varities like, Hobbit & Gollum, are great for bonsai plants and container gardners because of their overall size(3'), while the tradional Crassula Ovata "Jade" can grow...
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Graptopetalum Paraguayense (Ghost Plant)

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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The Millenium Dragon (Dracaena Draco)

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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