Aeonium Urbicum

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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Aptenia Cordifolia Variegata

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Kalanchoe Luciae (Thrysiflora)

The Flap Jack Kalanchoe has been misidentified for many years, and still often is, as Thrysiflora, but this vibrant, red edged cultivar is actually Luciae. First described in 1908 and while they both carry the signiture paddle shapped leaves, Luciae stands out from...

Sedum Pachyphllum (Jelly Beans)

A cute and playful sprawling succulent from Mexico. It won’t grow much over a foot tall before crippling over by it’s own weight. Easily roots from fallen leaves, and as it spreads each stem forms roots and becomes it’s own mother plant. The small jelly bean like...

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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Take this quiz to see what type of plant is the best gift for your special someone, based on their preferred love language.

Bring These Houseplants Outside for Summer Garden Decor

If you want your outdoor patio all decked out for summer (pun intended), you don’t have to rely exclusively on short-lived annual plants for bringing color to the scenery. A lot of your favorite houseplants can be brought outside the house for summer. Just like us,...

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...

Cordyline Australis ‘Sunrise’

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