Jeff Carlton has shared gardens with us before from his usual home base in Tennessee. But today, he’s got a different point of view. He writes:
Just returned from a week in the San Diego area, where I was treated to an evening in the most amazing private garden. It was like walking around on a foreign planet being so very different from the gardening I am accustomed to. No way to identify all the plants in each photo, as with every turn of my head I saw a multitude of plants I have no idea how to identity. So if you are living in the North, cursing the endlessly delayed arrival of spring, indulge in a fantasy trip to a different world where it is always sunny and warm.
A succulent wonderland, with a massive agave in the foreground.
A hillside agave planting. Native primarily to western North America, agaves come in about 200 species.
A succulent container. Though these succulents are not hardy outside in most climates, you could recreate this look over the summer in a container nearly anywhere. Then overwinter the succulents on a sunny windowsill.
More succulent containers! The brightest colors in succulent foliage are brought out by giving them lots of bright sun.
What do you do if you want a fountain in the garden but live in a dry climate where water is at a premium? Make a fountain out of succulents, of course.
A big Yucca rostrata (beaked yucca, Zones 6–10) standing over three agaves.
A massive aloe showing off its spires of bright gold blooms.
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