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Succulent Corner Makeover

September 22, 2010

You should have seen our faces when we saw Max, the border collie, and our next door neighbor’s dog having a grand old time rough housing in our succulent corner of the lawn.  Well, after biting my lip…we decided to rebuild.

Succulent Experiment Redone

Succulent Experiment Redone

Turned out that our neighbor found a cool pad downtown..thus no more big dogs running crazy.  Above is the final product.  We started this succulent corner experiment a little over a year ago, and planted some aeoniums about 6 inches apart.

Trampled Area

Trampled Area

Above is the trampled area.  The camera didn’t really capture the mess, but it was.  Also, to keep the dogs off it, we transplanted this Callistemons that was on its death bed to the corner to try to help keep the dogs off of it.

Pile of succulent cuttings

Pile of succulent cuttings

Megan took a bunch of cool succulent cuttings from around the garden for me to work with.

Ripped it all out.

Ripped it all out.

I gutted the corner.

Finished Area from the side

Finished Area from the side

…and rebuilt.  I know what you may be thinking…why am I putting in an Agave americana in the corner?  Well…I guess to see what is gonna happen.

Last view

Last view

Looking back…I am sort of happy the dogs did mess this area up…so that I could make it look even better.

– Far Out Flora

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2010 9:56 am

    change is good! :)

  2. Rene permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:41 am

    That’s the spirit of a true gardener! Good job.

  3. September 22, 2010 11:44 am

    I think the Agave will look great among those succulents.

  4. September 22, 2010 4:03 pm

    I think the real question would be why NOT put an agave americana in the corner!? EVERYTHING is better with an agave…

  5. September 23, 2010 7:11 am

    Just be prepared to pull the agave at an appropriate size, before it gets 4 ft or so and nearly impossible to remove, and then on to 10ft! 12ft!

  6. October 1, 2010 3:31 pm

    This grouping would look great on a living roof.

  7. April 27, 2011 1:10 am

    Hi! I love your succulent garden! Could you tell me what the dark-coloured ones are called? I saw some while travelling in Australia last year and have been wondering what they were ever since.
    Thanks!

    • April 30, 2011 8:04 am

      Hello Emmy,

      Those dark purple ones are Aeoniums. These are probably Aeonium arboreum var. atropurpureum, but they come in a variety of shades from green to purple to almost black like the Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’. Matti

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