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My Succulent Garden
My succulent garden is the result of an on going love affair with succulents and their hardened beauty. No other plant species ask for so little care and keep giving back - multiplying without pampering or fuss. Water wise gardens have become a necessity in South Africa with climate changes and water shortages becoming more prevalent. There is nothing more marvelous than a landscape of succulents with colours in all shades of green, soft greys and pinks to the brightest of yellows and ochres, dramatic deep purples and tonal blues. May this collection inspire you to look closer at the layers and details, the shading and colour and the wonderful properties of succulents. Grow them in abundance and invite them into your home!
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous” Aristotle
- CRASSULA - This over-sized design takes reference from the Crassula arborescens. A large succulent with large, round grey leaves with white to light pink flowers during winter.
- SUCCULENT - A digital print showing a collection of individual succulents, painted in watercolours. The beauty of this succulent garden design especially lies in the wide variety of colours and shapes combined in a botanically correct rendering.
- FIRE STICKS - Resembling sea coral, Euphorbia tirucalli 'Sticks on Fire' (Fire Sticks)is a striking evergreen succulent shrub forming a thicket of brilliantly coloured, loosely branching, vertical stems. As thin as pencils, the distinctive stems exhibit a reddish-golden color which fades to yellow shades in summer before changing back to redder tones in winter. Euphorbia tirucalli is prized by landscape designers who use it to add vertical accents in waterwise gardens, to create succulent seascapes or lend its fiery color to container floral displays.
- LITHOPS - Lithops is a genus of succulent plants in the ice family, Aizoaceae and is native to southern Africa. The unusual name derives from the greek word lithos which means “stone” and ops meaning “face”. These plants avoid being eaten by blending in with surrounding rocks and are often referred to as pebble plants or living stones.
- STRING OF PEARLS - The string of pearls plant, Senecio rowleyanus, is a creeping, perennial succulent vine and is native to the drier parts of southwest Africa. In its natural environment its stems trail on the ground, rooting where they touch forming dense mats. Commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant, it can be displayed in hanging vessels with leaves cascading over the edge of the container.
- PROPAGATE - Propagate refers to the breeding of specimens by natural processes from the parent stock – spread and promote. Originally from the latin word meaning “to cause multiply” Succulents are particularly easy to propagate either bydivision (sprouting from cuttings) or propagation by offsets (where small plants grow from the base of the main specimen).
- JADE PLANT - Crassula ovata, commonly known as the Jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant or money tree. Native to South Africa and Mozambique, it is an evergreen plant with thick branches and shiny smooth leaves that grow in opposite pairs along the branches.
- SENECIO - Senecio serpens is a small succulent that hugs the ground, branching from the base and rooting along the stems. This ground cover is one of the most valuable landscaping succulents. Forming a dense rippling mat of compact silver-blue leaves. Senecio serpens grow up to 30 cm tall, 60 cm in diameter. They bloom in Spring with fragrant spongy creamy yellow flowers.
- CORAL BUSH - This fine shrub with drooping branches, produce masses of crimson flowers from spring to autumn. This is not an indigenous plant, but a beautiful accompanying plant in rockeries with succulents. This flamboyant grass-like shrub belongs to the Scrophulariaceae family.