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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Echeveria Afterglow

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...

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,...

Elephant Bush Flowers

Nearly all plants flower. Trees, shrubs, vines, and even weeds produce flowers. However, in many cases, it takes many years for a plant to reach a flowering maturity and can be an uncommon sight. The flowers on the portulacaria afra, or “Elephants Food” (because in...

Agave Parryi Truncata

A stunning blue grey agave that many people recognize and love. Defined as a medium small agave, but it can form clumps larger that 5’ wide. Individual plants typically only reach 3’ tall by 3’ wide. However, this slower growing agave has been reported to reach up to...

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....

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...

Sempervivum (Houseleeks) (Hens and chicks)

Sempervivum, aka Houseleeks, and Hens and Chicks, have been known and written about for thousands of years. These succulents are native to the mountains of Europe and the Mediterranean. They were once considered sacred in ancient mythology of the Nordics and Romans....

Anacampseros Sunrise

The love plant, or Anacampseros Telephiastrum Variegata ‘Sunrise’, is a marvelous plant for containers. Pair easily with the Echeveria ‘Lola’ for similar slow growing, compact, container design, or use it to brighten up a Bromeliad container. These smaller succulents...

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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