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 has its own unique coloring and shades to offer. It’s extreme hardiness and coloring make it an incredibly versatile plant. We’ve seen it used as a sprawling ground cover, mounding up and filling in entire planters, or for spot color in the smallest of arrangements. Something overlooked, or sometimes unknown about succulents, is that stress brings out their best color. It’s often a combination of factors that causes the stress and each succulents vibrance, but colder temperatures, less water, and more sun, are the big three factors that come into play. Most succulents, in full sun, in the winter, receiving just the right amount of water, will have the best color here in Southern California. With that being said, there is no “one size fits all” answer to bringing out the best color in each plant. Experiment, tweak, and enjoy playing with your succulents.

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Plants that store water

What are succulents? Succulents are plants that store water in their leaves, stems, and even roots. It also gives them a more swollen, or fleshy appearance. In fact, the term succulence is specifically given to these plants for this ability. We can also typically...
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Sempervivum Arachnoideum “Cobweb Buttons”

A unique, densely carpeting groundcover with fine white cotton like threads between the leaves tips that form a cobweb appearance. Aptly called “Cobweb Buttons” this plant is one of the many sempervivums in cultivar today. The green leaves can change colors with 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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Aptenia Cordifolia Variegata

While many succulents grow into large tree like specimens, or never get much bigger than their original size, some grow on and on and are ideal ground covers for both drought tolerant and tropical gardens. Their are many families of succulents, but the crassula,...
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Alluadia Procera (Madagascan Ocotillo)

Rarely caring leaves, this intriguing succulent tree is full of character. Long, wandering, round stems are covered in vicious grey spines. When it carries leafs, during the spring, the branches are laced with alternating spines and vibrant green, round, sprouts....
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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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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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Sunburst Aeonium

Aeonium Sunburst varies a great deal from plant to plant. Some will grow on strong sturdy stems as singular plants, while others will produce many offsets and grow into unique character pieces. Even the variegation of each sunburst is different from plant to plant....
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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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Echeveria Afterglow

The Afterglow is a unique and striking plant, growing very well in full sun. The short, pink, rosette forming leaves will gain a soft powdery coating adding to their 'glowing' appearance. A relatively quick grower in the spring and summer, but very slow through the...
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