Succulent garden

New Videos, Great Takeaways from Jeanne Meadow’s 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 spike
0:49 Jeanne’s succulent-planted fountain
1:10 Why Agave ‘Cornelius’ is Jeanne’s favorite agave
1:28 Aloe outside Jeanne’s window
1:41 Crassula ‘Ivory Tower’in a potted garden 1:57 Kalanchoe “mother of thousands”
2:19 The “right rocks” and Jeanne’s potted designs
3:23 Stacked pots appear to be tipping (whimsy)
3:46 Agave desmetiana variegata ‘Joe Hoak’ in bloom
Topics covered in Part Two:

0:38 Agave geminiflora bloom spike
0:49 Jeanne’s succulent-planted fountain 1:10 Why Agave ‘Cornelius’ is Jeanne’s favorite agave
1:28 Aloe outside Jeanne’s window
1:41 Crassula ‘Ivory Tower’in a potted garden 1:57 Kalanchoe “mother of thousands”
2:19 The “right rocks” and Jeanne’s potted designs
3:23 Stacked pots appear to be tipping (whimsy)
3:46 Agave desmetiana variegata ‘Joe Hoak’ in bloom

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 favorite takeaways from the new releases.

Jeanne Meadow's garden

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

 

Kalanchoe mother of thousands

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.”

 

Topdressings

Assemble a palette of topdressings to choose among. Collecting and displaying them is part of the fun.

 

Tipping pots

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.

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On My YouTube Channel:

Jeanne Meadow’s Succulents Playlist 

 

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6 Comments

  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!

  2. Laura Eubanks on June 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I’ll never forget the first time I visited Jeanne’s garden.
    My mouth dropped to my chest and stayed there for the duration of my visit!
    Not only was Jeannie a lovely and generous host, her garden was a wonder and full of delights!
    Her passion for succulents and design is evident in her collection and the meticulous care that she takes of every single plant!
    Jeanne is so generous in her willingness to share her garden and her vast knowledge of her beloved specimens all while bravely living with serious health challenges and battling pain every single day.
    She is a treasure to the succulent community and she makes the world a better place!
    We are blessed to have her❤️

    • Jeanne Meadow on June 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Laura,
      Thank you for the kind and generous comments. They are extra special coming from you. A strong woman who has overcome much to become the very successful designer you are today!
      I think it’s time for another fiesta! Ole!
      Gentle hugs

  3. Kathy on June 17, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    Love love love this article about your friend, Jeanne Meadows and her amazing Fallbrook home garden! I’m truly inspired to get back outside and finish a few of our front yard projects that include many of the beautiful succulents an top dressing inspirations. Thank you for all the information you share Debra!! Kath

    • Debra Lee Baldwin on June 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Kathy — You’re very welcome! It’s comments like yours that keep me going, and I know they mean the world to dear Jeanne too!

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