These are some potted succulents that have been ignored and neglected for a couple of years now. Some are still in their plastic nursery pots… Bad gardener! Anyway, I’m going to make amends for this sad situation in the next week or two, and of course I’ll post the results. I have a larger pot or two that I think they would be much more comfortable in. Looking at the plants that I have here, I see that I’ll have to actually go and buy a couple more from the nursery to do my project. I want a variety of colors and it seems I have a fondness for pale grey/green with hints of pink. I think some darker green and/or some burgundy tones might go nicely… or… maybe I’ll just stick I’ll with a grey-ish color scheme. Stay tuned!
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This container was planted by me about 4 years ago and still looks great. This was a corporate client and this was one of four large containers planted to decorate their outdoor break area. These pots need tending to about once a month at the most. There really is such a thing as low (but not “no”) maintenance!
Originally, when these clients looked out the glass doors of their lovely living room they saw an aged lawn, the trunk and lower branches of a sickly ornamental pear tree, and a picket fence against a very tall, very white wall of their neighbor’s house. Not so pleasing. They probably kept the blinds closed most of the time!
So, they wanted something nice to gaze upon, and thought they might like a fountain, and this is what I gave them. This picture was taken about a year after the garden was planted and it has all matured nicely together. I planted a bamboo hedge up to the fountain, and not very visible in this image is a clump of Papyrus directly behind it. The Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’ on the left side of the fountain is filling in quickly, as they do, and is on it’s way to shielding the offending white wall. Around the sides there are Chondropetalum tectorum (Cape Rush) and Iris, and to finish it off, clumps of Sempervivens right in the front. The only part I’m not totally pleased with is that the water plants aren’t doing what I want them to. Yet.
This is one of my most favorite jobs I’ve done so far. (top 3!) Not in small part because the clients were so great to work with, but also because I was able to completely wipe the slate clean and be as creative as I wanted to be!
I planted four of these big containers about 3 years ago for a law firm on Main St. They’re placed on a private deck that their employees can use for breaks or lunch. They truly are very low maintenance. A couple of months ago I pulled all the plants out, divided them, cleaned them up and replanted them and this is how they’re looking. So in over three years, besides watering once a week at most, this recent “re-plant” is all that I’ve done! I’m a fairly recent convert to the beauty of gardening with succulents (see previous post), but for the right application, I’m totally sold! You don’t have to wait for them to bloom because they’re interesting in all seasons, low water requirements and in temperate climates, very dependable! Yup. I will be doing this again. Maybe even for me. I could throw a few pots (maybe round ones) like these around my fluffy rose garden. Could be interesting…
This was a fun garden to create. My client wanted almost zero involvement in his garden. The only thing he was interested in (beside not having to do anything) was that the garden look interesting and tidy. For this design I started with the style of the house. You can see from one of the images below that the house is very boxy with a flat roof. Sort of mid-century style, but built in the early 80’s so not nearly as cool as, say, an Eichler design. Needless to say, (but I will anyway!) an English cottage garden or a traditional, formal garden would be very out of place here. I ran the idea of a mostly succulent garden with boulders and gravel by him and he said go for it. So here’s what I came up with:
These rocks were a royal pain to “place”. They ended up being 2x as heavy (& expensive) as they were estimated to be. The four guys I hired to move them the 6-8′ from the sidewalk to where they are now were amazing and never got discouraged, though I was ready to cry after about an hour! I was seriously ready to hire a crane to place them, but the guys kept moving them, inch by inch, and after FOUR hours they got it done. They didn’t even act like they wanted to kill me when I said things like, “Could you move that one two inches to the left with a quarter twist?”
Here’s a more complete view of the front. The boulders in the first image are to the left, just out of the shot. In addition to the low Agaves, etc., I introduced some vertical lines to the design with Equisetum, Papyrus and Phormium. The client wanted a fountain, and thought maybe he wanted an Italianite, classical style piece, but was very pleased with the natural stone fountain (see center of image) we created for him. I didn’t know if I would like this garden when I started it- I’m more drawn to soft or symmetrical forms- but this ended up being one of my favorite gardens so far!
“Fluffing” job is done. Whew. LOTS of weeding. Mostly done by Perry, Dave, Scott and Juan, but of course I followed them around from time to time, pulling the stragglers. We also did a lot of pruning, tired/dead plant removal and planting. The property looks great and the clients are pleased. Yay.
This garden was planted 25 years ago by the original homeowner. A lot of do-it -yourself stuff, for the most part aesthetically pleasing, but some components haven’t held up structurally so well. So…I never felt like we were completely DONE. I wanted everything to look perfect (relatively), but had to keep reminding myself that it wasn’t possible- without a total redo. I was there to refresh (fluff!) the property for a special occasion, and that’s what we did.
Here’s an example of the subtle (sublime?) changes that we wrought over three days. The woodland path was weeded, pruned (look up at the tree canopy on both images) and the paving was cleaned- making sure to not take ALL the moss away! A lot more light now filters down on the ferns, forget-me-nots and the Iris. Kinda makes you want to take a stroll, doesn’t it?
Below: This view was the first thing you saw when you parked at the house.
There was a 90% dead Hebe hedge (left through center),
a really messy Phormium(right)
and a whole planting bed in need of care
that you can’t see behind the hedge.
Right: This is how the same view looked when we were done
Hebe hedge gone,
all plants cleaned up,
new plants and mulch added
and potted sucullents added
near the cool
horse head hitching posts.
Here’s a closer look at the pot next to the hitching post.
There is an identical twin to this pot and hitching post just about ten feet to the right, flanking the entrance to the front walk, just out of camera shot.
On to the next job!