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SUCCULENTS FOR COASTAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GARDENS 

These thrive in frost-free, low-rainfall regions within several miles of the ocean (i.e. coastal CA from San Diego to Santa Barbara). Photos and descriptions are in my book, Succulents Simplified. Video to follow! To be notified of its release, subscribe to my YouTube channel.

For an aesthetically pleasing landscape, combine:

Tall and tree-like succulents ~

Beaucarneas (B. recurvata and B. stricta)
Dracaena draco (dragon tree)
Euphorbia ammak ‘Variegata’
Pachypodium lamereii

Mid-height and shrub succulents ~

Aeoniums, especially ‘Kiwi’ and other branching types
Agave attenuata, A. bracteosa, A. ‘Blue Flame’ (see my video, Six Great Agaves for Your Garden)
Aloes, notably A. brevifolia, A. nobilis, A. striata and A. vanbalenii
Crassula ovata (jade) cultivars: ‘Sunset’, ‘Hobbit’, ‘Gollum’, ‘Pinky’, ‘Variegata’, and ‘Crosby’s Compact’
Euphorbia milii, Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks on Fire’
Furcraea foetida ‘Mediopicta’
Kalanchoe luciae (flapjack plant)

Low-growing and ground-cover succulents ~

Agave victoriae-reginae (Queen Victoria agave)
Echeveria agavoides ‘Lipstick’
Ice plants, but avoid carpobrotus (pickleweed) because it’s invasive
Othonna capensis
Portulacaria afra ‘Variegata’ (variegated elephant’s food)
Sedum nussbaumerianum (coppertone stonecrop)
Senecio mandraliscae (blue chalk fingers)

Sculptural cacti ~

Spheres: Echinocactus grusonii (golden barrel)
Columns: ceroids, especially Pilosocereus pachycladus (blue baseball bat)