Succulent garden

New Videos, Great Takeaways from Jeanne Meadow’s Garden

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 this week on my YouTube channel of two fun new videos: Jeanne Meadow’s Succulent Garden, Tips and Tour, Part One and Part Two.

You know how people say that after they die they want to come back as so-and-so’s dog, because it’s so pampered? Well, I want to come back as a succulent in Jeanne Meadow’s garden. No one celebrates succulents quite like Jeanne. She’s gleeful about their shapes and colors, delights in adding them to garden beds, and collects art pots to showcase choice specimens. Each one is a special pet.

Here for your entertainment are some great takeaways from the new releases.


Plant an aloe outside your dining room window so you can enjoy its blooms and watch hummingbirds flit from flower to flower.


Unlike many gardeners, Jeanne doesn’t consider “mother of thousands” kalanchoes to be weeds. “They pop up everywhere, but they’re easy to pull,” she says. “And the flowers are gorgeous.”


Assemble a palette of topdressings to choose among. Collecting and displaying them is part of the fun. At right, a stack of planted pots appears to be tipping over—a whimsical illusion. They’re aligned on 3/4-inch rebar that goes into the ground four feet.

Jeanne Meadow's succulent garden

To successfully grow a succulent like Echeveria agavoides ‘Black Knight’ that’s prone to rot, plant it in a mound of rocks so its roots never sit in water.

Jeanne Meadow's succulent garden

If you have a magnificent specimen plant, like Jeanne’s large Agave nickelsiae (formerly Agave ferdinandi-regis), give it stand-alone space so it can be seen and admired.

Jeanne Meadow's succulent garden

Let trunk-forming aloes keep their dry leaves. “If dead leaves don’t pull off easily, it means the plant wants to keep them,” Jeanne says of her Aloe marlothii. “The trunk is sensitive and they help protect it.”

Jeanne Meadow's succulent garden

If you’re lucky enough to have a colorful mangave with translucent leaves (like ‘Kaleidoscope’), put it in a tall pot so it can be seen from all directions and where the sun will make it glow.

Related Info on This Site:

Make a Low-Light, Scooped-From-the-Garden Succulent Dish Garden 

This succulent dish garden is perfect for a bright-shade location, such as indoors near a window. Owner Jeanne Meadow displays it on her covered patio and waters it…[Continue reading]

Use Crushed-Rock Top Dressing to Enhance Your Succulent Designs

In the ground or in pots, your succulent compositions will look and perform better if bare soil doesn’t show. Top dressing lends a finished look, and plants benefit from the way…[Continue reading]

On My YouTube Channel:

Jeanne Meadow’s Succulents (Playlist) 


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  1. Hans Brough on January 16, 2019 at 6:52 am

    wow! gorgeous, mature specimens looking great in the landscape. Agave cornelius and Aloe marlothi at full size in a private garden are a treat. I have these same plants in my landscape but at a much smaller size. Landscaping, hardscape, offsite views – everything looks like it’s really come together – nice space.

    • debraleebaldwi on January 16, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Hi Hans — Thanks! It takes them awhile, but when they get big, there’s nothing like them!

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