Succulents and grasses are a pairing that always hits the mark
Today we bring you a series of photos from gardens in the Midwest and California—gardens that feature a unique pairing of succulents with ornamental grasses. It’s hard to imagine a starker pairing of contrasting textures; the grasses with their feathery and fluffy appearance and the succulents with their bold, fleshy look. Planted in concert the combination is both interesting and striking.
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Yes interesting contrasts. The scene at the location of pic. 3 would be amazing on a clear day. Cheers from Oz
PS. Gee whiz, all the current festivities and the eating of excessive amounts of food (gum leaves) have totally exhausted 'me'! !
Great picture, Frank. Nice way to spend the afternoon.
Haha! Just the way I feel this morning!!
Love it. Thanks for sharing, Frank!
This little guy really made me smile. Thanks, Frank!
I want one!
Uh, oh, what does it say about me and my holiday eating that I very much identify with the relaxed pose of that adorable fellow. Hmm, this could represent pretty much how I feel...
Yep got the same content pose - but the arm of the couch/sofa is a bit more comfortable than the limb of the eucalypt, Michaele.
It just occurred to me that one of the advantages of having the seasons flipped during these eating heavy holidays is that you don't have to bundle up (and feel even fatter) to go outside. You can go out to do gardening tasks or vigorous fishing (reeling in some of those big ones has to use up calories) and feel justified in eating some more!
Good point about the clothes, but a nana nap occurs with me before going outside for the usual cricket match with the family - it is serious stuff so I have to be on my game!
I think your kitty needs a 'New Years' diet ! ;)
Doesn't take a holiday to get me feeling this way, Frank!
Great photo. Thanks.
Did your grandchild leave his stuffed bear in the tree? ;) So precious.
Every bit of your garden is artistic delight,loved the uncommon combinations of grass and succulents!
Great photos of some wonderful contrasting plants.
I love agaves! Doesn't fit with my lifelong midwestern climate but they captivate me. The photos today feel like a Christmas gift.
It's always so fascinating to me to see succulents (like agaves and aeoniums) thriving in a zone they are meant to grow in. The pictured combinations above are beautiful and inspiring. Speaking of being "inspired", I have Cherry Ong (Perennially Crazy) to thank for the idea of putting cranberries on the sharp tips of an agave that is spending the winter indoors.
Cranberry-bedazzled Blue Glow? Charming!
So clever and so VERY cute. Happy Holidays Michaela.
All thanks to Cherry for leading the way and showing how even an Agave can wear some holiday finery!
Great photos and amazing textures. I love Aeoniums and was recently drooling over mine, all hidden in the basement under fluorescent lights. They're stunning right now, but I have to go to the basement and push grow lights out of the way to even see them. They are less than stellar outdoors in my summer as they begin to go dormant. I need a greenhouse!
Yes, you do...start a GoFundMe page with a compelling enough story and watch the donations roll in.
Your wintered over succulents are lucky that you care enough to give them grow lights. Mine are getting long and straggly from the light provided by a window. The location the agave is in is an exception and it doesn't look to be struggling...shhh, don't tell the others but I love it best.
Absolutely love the photos! I'm a real lover and collector of grasses and succulents as well but unfortunately have to keep the succulents in pots as I live in a zone 7 with a lot of rainfall in the colder months.
Your succulents collection is beautiful and they combined really well with the grasses. You are a true artist in term of plant combination. Also, thanks for the botanical names of succulents and grasses and zones. Thanks for sharing and happy new year!
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