When we bought our house about 15 years ago this planter was full of camellia bushes and ferns. Along with assorted cheap plants they use on new houses. Before we knew it all the plants had gotten way too big and old. By then I was already into my succulents and I had pretty much taken over the back yard. So last year my sweet husband Stan tore everything out of this large planter. Some of the camellia bushes had trunks on them like trees. It took a lot of digging to get all the roots out. In the meantime we collected river rock from lots of different places to use to outline the planter and help make my crooked path.
I decided to divide the planter in three parts. The large front part is full of echeveria's, stonecrop, sedum and pachyveria. The back corner area near the fence is full of kalanchoe's, aloe's, aeoniums and other succulents. Far to the right (you can't really see in this picture) has a large aloe, some barrel cactus a crazy prickly pear and a columnar cactus. I know there are a few more but I can't remember at the moment.
Here is another view of the front portion of the planter. I love how well the echeveria's look around the edge. They have grown so much. They were little bitty babies when I planted them.
My Kalanchoe is getting so big I will have to trim it and start some new plants. The plant in the foreground is Sedum Corsican stonecrop sedum dasyphllum. To the right of this shot is the aeonium corner.
I planted quite a few aeoniums in this corner! Some are doing much better than others as you can see. The big green one is the same as the one in the big blue pot in my other front planter. The aeonium that you can see right behind it is Aeonium Catlin hybrid called Bronze tea cup. I have a black Zwartzkof but it is not doing so well. Not sure why at this point. I am hoping that next spring I can fix this situation. I had another aeonium planted to the right but it died! Still working on it. The pale green low succulent in front of it is Sedum nussbaymerlanum.
This is echeveria agavoides with it's first leaf of Fall! I think it's saying, "Hey get off of me!"
This is a really great succulent called Crassula 'Fallwood'. I can't wait for the first bloom spring! I will show you more of it another time! I hope everyone has a great weekend!