How many of these colorful winter succulents can you ID? These and others are great for adding color and interest to mild, dry-climate gardens (like coastal Southern CA). Above is how aloes, kalanchoes and more look in January in the garden of Jim Bishop in San Diego. Scroll down for names of seven spectacular succulents in Jim's midwinter garden.
Bonus: New Mosaic at Jim's
Recently added to Jim's garden is a 15-foot pebble mosaic lizard. It adds whimsy and interest to a pathway in the lower garden. Jim, a a retired garden designer and past-president of the San Diego Horticultural Society, positions such mosaics so they can be seen from above.
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In two YouTube videos, I take you on a tour of Jim's steep, one-acre, terraced succulent garden. Wait 'til you find out what's up with all those blue bottles. Hint: They're not merely decorative!
7 spectacular midwinter succulents
And if you love big aloes in bloom
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