Wanda’s Collection of Weird & Wonderful Plants

Wanda Mallen and Debra Lee Baldwin with Wanda's euphorbia collection (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Wanda Mallen’s collection of weird and wonderful plants on two acres in Fallbrook, CA, is a must-see for succulent enthusiasts.  For 25 years she’s directed husband Gary Vincent in planting (sometimes jackhammering) the property’s decomposed granite substrate. “The good thing is DG drains well,” Wanda says. Wanda and Gary in their garden The result is…

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Create a “Flower” Bed with Rosette Succulents

Debra Lee Baldwin with Echeveria imbricata and climbing roses (c) Debra Lee Baldwin

Easy-care rosette succulents resemble flowers and bloom beautifully too! Use them to create the look of a flowerbed without all the care and maintenance flowerbeds require. In the Idea Gallery below, see many marvelous images of garden beds, pots and planters full of rosette succulents. All photos have main succulents ID’d. May they spark your creativity…

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Colorful Winter Succulents

Succulent garden (c) Jim Bishop

How many of these colorful winter succulents can you ID? These and others are great for adding color and interest to dry-climate gardens. This is how aloes and more look midwinter

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Succulent Garden Maintenance: Tasks

Succulent garden tasks

Do these succulent garden maintenance tasks seasonally to keep your succulent garden healthy and looking good: Trim damaged or excessive growth
Prune succulents to show the beauty of the plants and keep them tidy. Use cuttings to

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A Garden of Collectible Succulents in Corona

Sherman Gardens succulent garden

Do you collect special succulents that you’d like to grow outdoors in your garden? If you’re in Southern CA, do visit the cactus and succulent garden at Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona Del Mar, CA. It offers so many great tips and ideas! Pat Roach and I in Sherman’s succulent garden. Imagine…a dear friend…

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New Videos, Great Takeaways from Jeanne Meadow’s Garden

Succulent garden

Above: Wavy-leaved ‘Cornelius’ is Jeanne’s favorite agave. “It doesn’t get too big, can handle full sun and cold, and always looks good,” she says. I’m pleased to announce the release on my YouTube channel of two fun new videos: Jeanne Meadow’s Succulent Garden, Tips and Tour, Part One and Part Two. Topics covered in Part One: 0:38 Agave geminiflora bloom…

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