Like many gardeners I had a water tank installed and followed council restrictions on water use. Of course, this also impacted on plant choice and my plans for a lush, tropical looking garden were revised to include drought tolerant plants and a 'Mexican garden' theme.
This time last year I potted up a selection of succulents. They have performed brilliantly, and many are quite transformed at the moment as they are covered in clusters of flowers at the ends of whimsical antennas.
|Onslow inspecting the outdoor setting I bought at Easter with 'pot plant display out of puppy reach" in mind.|
|These gorgeous rosettes are three different types of succulent: golden Sedum nussbaumerianum, blue graptopetalum and green echeveria.|
|As it looks now, in bud.|
|The same type of graptopetalum in its own pot.|
|Now cascading down the side of the pot.|
|Echeveria 'Doris Taylor' planted in one of the side pockets of a strawberry pot.|
|Other inhabitants of the strawberry pot: Sedum pachyphytum, not sure what the rosette is, and Portulacaria afra 'Variegata'.|
|Loved the effect of a morning shower on these three different rosettes.|
|Detail of the flowerhead on the echeveria in the mixed pot.|
|This book has been a brilliant introduction to gardening with succulents, and has been a great help with identification. Many I bought weren't labelled, or else just had a very generic (and unhelpful) 'succulent' tag. Hope I got them right!|