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A Strikingly Colorful and Low-Care Mediterranean Border

Plant Combinations, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Fall Borders, Winter Borders


Succulents of various sizes and textures combine beautifully to create a lush, colorful and drought-tolerant garden. In the foreground, the brilliant red flowers of Aloe x principis and yellow spires of Aloe vera contrast with the almost black rosettes of Aeonium 'Zwartkop' and the shining silver leaves of Crassula arborescens (Silver Jade Plant).

They are underplanted with a colorful carpet of rosy-gold Sedum nussbaumerianum (Coppertone Stonecrop) and x Graptophytum 'Amphitryon' (a durable hybrid between Graptopetalum amethystinum and Pachyphytum glutinicaule) with profuse pink-petaled flowers rising above its elongated rosettes. While this hybrid has long been in cultivation, it is hard to find. Therefore, we suggest as an alternative the award-winning Echeveria elegans (Mexican Snowball), an evergreen succulent with tight rosettes of fleshy, spoon-shaped, pale silvery-green leaves and lantern-shaped pink flowers, tipped with yellow.

An exclamation point in the planting, Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail Palm) adds drama with its trunk resembling an elephant's foot and its dense rosette of long, downward-curving, bright green, grassy leaves.

Terrific at adding texture, color and shape to the landscape, all these plants look good year-round, are deer resistant, drought tolerant and most have even won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Garden Information

Hardiness 10 – 11
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 10 – 11
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil Ph Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Aeonium Great Plant Combination Ideas with Aloes Great Plant Combination Ideas with Crassula Great Plant Combination Ideas with Sedum - Stonecrops


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