Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Fabulous Gardens of Laura Balaoro part 2

If you liked the little taste I gave you of Laura Balaoro's garden in my last post get ready for a big bite!  I have so many super photos and cool stuff to show you I am going to jam them all in this post.  So hang on to your seats!  Don't forget to start with part 1 if you haven't checked it out yet.  Laura has so many more planting ideas to show you.

Lined path

Remember the sitting area I show'd you in the last post.  I mentioned that a path in the back was lined with echeverias.  Here it is.  As you can see Laura has a wonderful ability to incorporate companion plants perfectly with succulents.

Aeonium sunburst

A huge Aeonium sunburst and Echeveria 'After Glow' provide a wonderful focal point as you are heading down her garden path.  The plants just draw you in and make you squat down and take a closer look.

Kalanchoe Luciae 'Fantastic'

This plant was one of my favorites.  You can probably tell why.  This is called Kalanchoe luciae 'Fantastic'.  And pardon my pun but this one is way more Fantastic than any one I have seen!

Colored bowling balls

Look what Laura does here.  She planted beautiful Agave 'Joe Hoak' with intensely red Crassula coccinea 'campfire'.  She also tucked in some Echeveria hybrids.  Behind the Agave's is a variegated Euphorbia.  The red plant at the top with the long thin leaves is Phormium 'guardsman', a great companion plant.  And if that was not good enough she painted bowling balls green, orange and red and uses them for extra Wham!  She is brilliant!

Echeveria agavoides and portulaca

How about this Echeveria agavoides and some pretty little Portulaca!

Succulents and companion plants

I just love this photo!  It illustrates Laura's garden in one shot.  Her use of succulents (the Agave), companion plants (colorful geranium hybrid), and finally her use of garden accents like this dragonfly metal lantern.

Echeveria hybrid

I had to get a close up of an Echeveria hybrid nestled here with grape leaves and smaller succulents.


Agave 'Blue Glow' surrounded by Kalanchoe luciae and to the right a variegated Euphorbia.

Beautiful sitting area

Here is another great place to sit and ponder.  What should I do next, plant or read?

Cool planting area

Isn't this a wonderful planting area.  Plenty of work area and space with containers of needed dirt etc. right below.  And the way she decorated it is so charming.  It's a great set up and the danccing watering cans are so cute.

Sink of cuttings

This sink has been built into the work area on the left hand side.  An old kitchen sink is filled with dirt and is used to start some cuttings.  Check out the sign, share with friends!


I don't normally take a lot of flower shots but the light was so perfect on this Rudbeckia hirta.

Bird boot planters

I really loved these boots with little birds planted with echeverias against this rock wall.

Succulent shoe rack

  Here is another gem for you.  Laura found this old children's hang over the door shoe holder and planted sempervivums in the pockets!

Old gum ball machine

I found this in her work area.  It's an old gumball machine without the top.  She added dirt, sedum's and crassula's!  Who needs gumballs!

Old stump with sedum

You may not believe this but this is a cactus skeleton that a friend gave Laura.  They got it in Arizona.  Inside she planted Donkey tail sedum.  Imagine this a year from now with more sedum growth hanging over.  Wow!

Stream in between ponds

This is the little stream that runs between the two koi ponds I told you about in my first post.


Perfect way to display this unusual and eye catching succulent.  Sitting atop this pedestal is Agave geminiflora 'Rasta Man'.

Hanging bed covered by grape vines

These spaghnum window planters are filled with succulents.  Hanging overhead are her grape vines that run along the back porch.

Love this pot

Another great little potting.  Jade under planted with a tiny succulent.  I don't know the name but they look like little echeveria rosettes.  See how she uses floral glass for top dressing.

Tiny agave

She combined this Agave potatorum 'Kichiokan' with this dark almost black pot.  And the glass top dressing is perfect.


This is a beautiful little scene.  In the large wire pot is a beautiful bromeliad.  I love the spots and the pink tips. Underneath is another pot of beautiful green aeoniums surrounded by her companion plants of coleus, fern and ivy.

Succulent shutter door

I wish this photo had turned out better.  But what do you do when your friend has an old shutter door to throw out?  You take it and plant succulents in it of course!  She added moss and dirt in the slats and then planted.

Succulent shutter door

Here is a close up shot of the door.  Every inch is filled up!

Birdhouse on a post

I just loved this little scene.


Quack Quack!

Yellow on white

Two flower photos in one post!  Holy cow!  This is a pretty white Anemone.

yellow and purple

Don't you just love this yellow ceramic basket filled with Cryptanthus bivittatus 'red star'.  This is a type of bromeliad that stays very small.

Kalanchoe 'Fantastic'

Another Kalanchoe 'Fantastic' on the back porch.

Rastafarian happy face planters

Such happy little Rastafarian happy face planters!

I would like to personally thank Laura Balaoro for having us over to her beautiful home and garden.  And then giving me permission to blog about it.  She does not think it is a big deal but you and I know better.  She is a very talented lady indeed that we can all learn from.  Please make sure that you check out the Succulent Fanatics on Facebook and ask to join if you love succulents like we do.  And  if you would like to see more photos of her garden click on my Facebook page.  And please like if you haven't already.

Until next time!  Keep yourselves and your succulents warm and remember:

It's Another Beautiful Day!


Jeanne Eige said...

Great post, Great pics, of a Great garden by a ridiculously humble gardener...

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thanks honey and I know what you mean. She is truly gifted!

Debra Lee Baldwin said...

Amazing photos of the amazing garden of an amazing gardener!

Julie said...

Oh my goodness!!! She really does a gorgeous job pairing things up! Oh, why can't I live in California??? You guys are so lucky!!!!!

Mark and Gaz said...

Wonderful post Candice, just what we needed to see on a cold and frosty morning here! She has a lovely and quirky garden full of beautiful plants. I want more Agaves now!! said...

Laura's garden says Laura all over it. What a treat to meet such a succulent soul and to have a person like Candice whose photo stories capture this succulent experience so well.

Bracey Tiede said...

As Jeanne says, Laura is truly humble and incredibly talented. She has gone from being very shy when she first joined the master gardener program to being a wonderful advocate and educator for the use of low water succulents in the garden. Go, Laura!

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. I am honored to have met Laura and call her my friend. What a wonderful person she is. And what a treat to be able to share her talent with you all!

Stephanie said...

Oh wow Candy! This post is really a feast for the eyes. So many cool pictures and of course some of the coolest succulents that I have ever seen. Love those K. lucieae 'Fanastic'!! And I really love how Laura Balaoro arranged and put together her garden. Fantastic job! Those are bok choys in the first photos? Nice combination anyway.

You have a wonderful day!

The Diligent Gardener said...

What a beautiful selection of succulents and a simply divine garden

Claire Diligent Gardener

Helen said...

This is truly inspiring! I'm glad to have come across your blog and your enormous photo gallery. It's good to find another blogger with similar interests in the area.

Heather Hyman said...

Wow, beautiful plants and flowers. It has been my dream to have my own garden where I can grow anything I want to and landscape it. Maybe in the future if I already have my own house.

Thea Arnow said...

Yeah, very beautiful indeed. I'm also planning on staring an organic vegetable gardening soon because my friend inspired me to do so.

Sheila Zanella said...

Hi Candice!!
Dou you know how much I love your posts and your pictures..Sooo..I'd like to know if I can share your pictures at Facebook (. I think people must see these amazing shots.


Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Yes honey as long as you keep my watermark! OXOXOX

bill aronson said...

Fabulous! Candice You are a skilled photographer and you know some great gardeners. Laura you are amazing as usual.

bill aronson said...

Fabulous! Candice you are a skilled photographer and you know some amazing gardeners. Laura you have one of the best succulent gardens I have ever seen.

Candice Suter.....Sweetstuff said...

Thank you so much Bill! I appreciate your comments very much. And yes, Laura is an amazing gardener!