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Mixing Succulents and Herbaceous Perennials

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Succulents are all the rage these days, but most often we see them clustered together in pots or arranged in vignettes with each other. But it’s worth trying to combine them wth more traditional perennials, as well, as you can see in this combo created by Tom Nelson and Randy Bolin for their garden in Oakland, California. This pairing includes an aeonium (Aeonium arboreum cv., USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11) and a ‘Ravenswing’ cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’, Zones 7-10).

For past entries with views of this garden, click here, here, here, here, and here.

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  1. Deanneart 09/30/2010

    Love this!

  2. SassyNancy 09/30/2010

    I always love your succulent photos - just too cold to grow here in Zone 7, and they combine so beautifully with feathery plants like your photo.

  3. ncgardener 09/30/2010

    I live in zone 7 as well. I am going to try overwintering them in a hypertufa pot I made this year and see if that will work. Usually I come out in the Spring and have to see if any of them survived. I am using the hypertufa because it is lighter than concrete and easier on my back.

  4. sheilaschultz 10/05/2010

    Succulent pots are fun but they can outgrow their space too quickly for the time I have to tend to them. I'm currently thinking that they are best grown in our gardens highlighting the rest of our treasures, even if we have to bring them inside for the winter. Just a thought...

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