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READER PHOTOS! Michaeles container gardens in Tennessee

READER PHOTOS! Michaele's container gardens in Tennessee

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Today's photos are from Michaele Anderson, a.k.a. Meander1! Michaele says, "About a month ago I got a serious attack of  Sheila Schultz-itis (meaning that in the best possible way)...I felt an...

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READER PHOTOS! Shelleys container designs in British Columbia

READER PHOTOS! Shelley's container designs in British Columbia

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Today's photos, yet again, are from Cherry Ong in Richmond, British Columbia. And once again, they're not from her garden, but rather from container designer Shelley Brignall at Phoenix Perennials...

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READER PHOTOS! Cynthias garden in Rwanda

READER PHOTOS! Cynthia's garden in Rwanda

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Yes, Rwanda...exciting, yes?! Today's photos are from Cynthia Goodson. She says, "My husband and I have lived in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is with the U.S. Embassy, since early September.  Our...

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Playing with fire

Playing with fire

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Here's another section of the ruins garden at Chanticleer, where the gardeners have turned an old fireplace into a playful place for succulents and plays on words. I love how the plants drip from...

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Matchy-matchy! (In a good way)

Matchy-matchy! (In a good way)

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Can succulents GET any cooler? I snapped this shot in a garden in California a few years ago. I love how the peachy stems match the peachy wall, and how the cascading lotus vine (Lotus berthelotii...

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READER PHOTOS! Succulents and water gardens in California containers

READER PHOTOS! Succulents and water gardens in California containers

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One last day of photos from Guida Quon's garden in Santa Ana, California. Today, check out Guida's impressive collection of succulents, as well as the opposite side of the containergardening...

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READER PHOTO! Hens and chicks in a cage

READER PHOTO! Hens and chicks in a cage

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Today's photo is from Jan Meissner in Avon, Ohio. She says, "Antique bird cages make great planters for succulents. This cage sits out all year long, (for 2 winters so far) and the only upkeep is a...

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Succulents in North Carolina

Succulents in North Carolina

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The last time I visited North Carolina, I was consumed by succulents. Between Plant Delights Nursery and the JC Raulston Arboretum, I was in heaven! Here are some shots of my favorites. Welcome to...

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READER PHOTO! Touchable texture and contrast from two great plants

READER PHOTO! Touchable texture and contrast from two great plants

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Today's photo is from Philip Leveridge in Austin, Texas. Philip is a garden designer, and his home garden is called East Side Patch. Of this picture, he says, "I like combining contrasting...

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Look but dont touch

Look but don't touch

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The spiny, unforgiving orbs of the golden barrel cactus (Echinocactus grusonii) seem to soften when cushioned by a plush carpet of blue chalksticks (Senecio serpens), but don't be fooled. This study...

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Succulents in cold climates--yes you can!

Succulents in cold climates--yes you can!

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Today's photo is from Mary Yee in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in response to all those California succulents we've been seeing this week. She says, "While I love seeing photos of gardens in other places...

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READER PHOTOS! A gem of a succulent garden

READER PHOTOS! A gem of a succulent garden

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Todays photos, continuing in the succulent theme of the week, are from Jane Johnson in Laguna Hills, California. She says, "Sherman Library & Gardens was founded in 1980 in Corona del Mar...

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Mix it up with succulents!

Mix it up with succulents!

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Succulents mix with more traditional perennials and shrubs in Sabrina and Freeland Tanner's garden in Napa, California. Here, agaves are paired with a 'Red Dragon' persicaria Persicaria...

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READER PHOTO! Ditch the flowers & grow succulents

READER PHOTO! Ditch the flowers & grow succulents

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Inspired by yesterday's post, Debra Lee Baldwin sent in this smaller example of succulents in action. This time, as a replacement for a tabletop flower arrangement. She says, "This floralstyle...

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A perfect marriage of plant and pot

A perfect marriage of plant and pot

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Here's an example of the perfect plant for a pot. This agave's shape is the perfect mirror image of the pot it lives in, making for a perfectly balanced composition. This matchup was orchestrated by...

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A successful experiment

A successful experiment

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Three years ago, Sydney Eddison decided to try something new in her Newtown, Connecticut garden: a sedum hedge. She planted a long row of 'Autumn Joy' sedum (Sedum 'Autumn Joy', Zones 3-9) against a...

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Mixing succulents and herbaceous perennials

Mixing succulents and herbaceous perennials

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Succulents are all the rage these days, but most often we see them clustered togther in pots or arranged in vignettes with each other. But it's worth trying to combine them wth more traditional...

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READER PHOTO! A happy accident in hypertufa

READER PHOTO! A happy accident in hypertufa

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Today's photo is from Michael Larkin in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He says, "This container was handmade using hypertufa. I have made lots of hypertufa containers, but this is by far one of the...

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A perfect marriage of plants and hardscape

A perfect marriage of plants and hardscape

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Randy Bolin and Tom Nelson's front entryway in Oakland, California, is a riot of colors, both in hardscape and plants. The vibrant slate steps are the perfect inspiration for their plant palette full...

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And The Winner of the Succulent Container Gardens Book Is....

And The Winner of the "Succulent Container Gardens" Book Is....

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It's not easy growing succulents in the Pacific Northwest, or other cold, wet climates. Here's some advice from the best source around...

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