Friday, November 12, 2010

Have I shown you my front planter?

Fall in my Front Planter

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.

A view of the echeveria section

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.

Hey get off me!

This is echeveria agavoides with it's first leaf of Fall! I think it's saying, "Hey get off of me!"

Crassula 'Fallwood'

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!


Julie said...

You are the queen of succulents, Candy! I am so happy you started a blog and can show us all your beauties! That Fallwood is neat...and I also love the echeverias around the rock edge of your planter! I have a strip of grass between my driveway and front sidewalk that runs from my front door down to the sidewalk that I have always wanted to turn into a rock garden with all kinds of sux...but, my hubby resists because of the possibility to getting rocks thrown by the lawnmower, and I would have to cap off all my sprinklers in that area too (no biggie). Well, maybe one day!!! Yours is a heavenly space, for sure, Candy!!!!! :)))))

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hi Julie! I hope you get to do your suc thing. I would say just dig up all the grass then no mowing and rock throwing! Cap off the sprinklers and throw in the dirt. It is so satisfying to see what you can do with these little areas! Tell him how happy it will make you! hee hee! They love it when there honeys are happy. And thank you for the great compliments! I am glad I started it too!

donna said...

You and Julie both make a garden gal want to plant succulents. They always looks so healthy and appear maintenance free. Do they require fertilizing?

Sorry about the leaf flying from my yard out west to land on your echeveria agavoides. How careless of me. ha-ha

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hi Donna!
Thanks for the great compliment! I love Julie's plants also. They are fairly low maintenance (that is part of the reason I like them) and yes I do fertilize. Usually twice a year I sprinkle Osmacote in the pots and all through my planters!

Mandy said...

I can't believe I just saw this post! I agree with Julie, we should call you Queen of Succulents! The Echeverias are great and are so huge! I think if I put up a rain gutter (not me, literally) I can do this in my new bed that my husband put up last month. I just wish that my succulents looked half as lush as yours! Wow!!!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hi Donna!
Thanks for the great compliment! Yes I do fertilize once or twice a year. I sprinkle ozmacote in the pots and all over in my planters! Seems to work pretty well!

Go ahead and send your leaves. I need to cover my planters for winter! LOL

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Glad to visit here again. I forgot what great succulent photos you had, and so many of them. Good luck with your new bed, already filling in nicely.

I agree with the person who suggested ditching the lawn. The succulents will do much better without all that water!

NotSoAngryRedHead said...

What a great collection of succulents!

Teri C said...

Oh WOW, these are all gorgeous!! Beautiful job on the decorating.

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SiestaSister said...

I am so envious of your succulent garden. I am in southwest Florida and we have way too much rain so I have to be content with succulents in pots. This is a fairly recent addiction.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Well hello Sister it is nice to hear from you! Look out once you start getting into succulents you will get hooked!

Plantman said...

Such an awesome site to come accross! Unbelievable information and pictures, you've really got something going there! I'm from The Netherlands, (got into succulents not too long ago) so I don't have your climate...rather envious! I will keep reading your blog!
Thanks for sharing all this!

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Thank you so much Joost! It is great to have a great follower from your country. I would love to see your succulents. Do you have photos on a blog or Flickr? Thank you so much for joining the succulent fun. I will be doing a post on succulent flowers soon. I'm putting it together.

Rosy said...

I think I have caught the bug. I have been growing a few succulents for a while, but didn't get infected until I visited the Fla Cactus Farm. Now I can'tr get enough. You have a great collection Candy. I have trouble trying to find names for the different varieties. They grow great in my shade house.

Candy "Sweetstuff" said...

Hi Rosie!
Succulents are so fun. Glad to hear we have another fanatic! There are different online places that can help i.d.