Assorted succulents in xeriscape
It takes a lot of water to keep the standard issue lawn green, especially here in Zone 10, aka the desert southwest. So the hip, socially responsible thing to do -- right after you buy a Prius -- is to kill your lawn and install low-water plants -- cacti, succulents, trees and grasses that can survive in dry climates without regular watering. Sometimes they're local, native plants, but not always. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-22
Aeonium decorum 'Sunburst'
Much more impressive in person, maybe because it's bigger than typical garden succulents. This one, for example, is about 12" across, and its stem (trunk?) is probably more than a foot high. Even people who aren't into succulents seem to be impressed by the larger varieties. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-20
This is a "bud" on a yucca that's never bloomed before. Since it's just starting to open -- and opening one of these flowers is a longer, slower process than most plants -- I thought it might be fun to show it in various stages. This is Day One, which is actually the first day I noticed it had a bud. Eventually, this little bud will be several feet long and spectacular! Stay tuned ...
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One of the smaller members of the agave family, thread-leaf agave's rosettes are only about 2 feet wide. Occasionally, the plants bloom, sending up six to ten foot tall stalks covered with flowers that more than make up for the plant's modest size. Read more about Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-22