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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). Find more info about each, plus photos, in my books.

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. Go to the Aeonium page.
Agave attenuata, A. bracteosa, A. ‘Blue Flame’. Go to the Agaves page. See my video, Six Great Agaves for Your Garden.
Aloes, notably A. brevifolia, A. nobilis, A. striata and A. vanbalenii. Go to the Aloes page.
Cistanthe (Calandrinia) grandiflora (rock purslane)
Crassula ovata (jade) cultivars: ‘Sunset’, ‘Hobbit’, ‘Gollum’, ‘Pinky’, ‘Variegata’, and ‘Crosby’s Compact’. Go to the Crassula page.
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)

 

Related Info on My Site:

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