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Not only are Agaves extremely easy to maintain and have an excellent sculptural quality, they also add drama to any garden. They grow best in Mediterranean and Southwest climates, but can also be grown in containers in colder climates as long as they are protected in the winter. Agaves are incredibly versatile and look gorgeous in many different garden styles from Mediterranean to traditional. They are possibly one of my favorite plants to add to a garden.

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Agaves look fantastic planted with ground cover like sedum or simply planted in gravel, as in the above photo.

 Scott Shrader Design

 Scott Shrader Design

 Scott Shrader Design

I love the contrast between the blue agave and the dark green boxwood.

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They are also very fun in containers

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I bring them indoors as well

One of the most impressive things to see is when an agave flowers

 

Some of my favorite Agaves to use in a garden or in containers —

Happy Thursday!

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One of my favorite places to visit here in Southern California is the Desert Garden at The Huntington in San Marino. The garden has one of the largest outdoor collections of cacti & succulents in the world with more than 2,000 species.

An amazing Cereus xanthocarpus

Golden Barrel Cactus + Agave Parryi

Aloe arborescens (Torch Aloe)

Golden Barrel + Cleistocactus

Cereus

My favorite — Agave Parryi

Torch Aloe

 

Some of my favorites to add to the garden….

Have a great Thursday!

xoxo

~Shannon

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One of my favorite places to visit is the Huntington Botanical Gardens, especially the Desert Garden. For those of you who love cactus and succulents, below are several photos from my last visit.

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parry’s agave, barrel cactus and more

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one of my favorite’s – the agave attenuata

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one of the pathways in the desert garden
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a sea of aeonium succulents

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torch aloe

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I believe another torch aloe (I don’t know what the tree is to the right but it was incredible – very dr. suess like)

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blue agave

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more barrel cactus and parry’s agave

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a saguaro cactus surrounded by barrel cactus and parry’s agave

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barrel cactus with little ones

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could this be an organ pipe cactus? I’ll have to check the tags next time I go.

Happy Weekend!

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In my last post I mentioned that I was going to visit a friend’s garden in Pacific Palisades. Her garden, which I hadn’t seen in ten years, has grown into a amazing garden! It’s situated on a hill-side in Pacific Palisades, a beach community nestled in between Santa Monica and Malibu.

At the end of the day, after a tour of her garden, a garage sale and some wonderful grilled cheese sandwiches, she sent me home with tons of clippings that will help jump-start my own garden here in Southern California.

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The latest project — 36 centerpieces for Green Spaces Alliance’s Fall Gala. The event was held in a beautiful home in the historic King William district of San Antonio. I do love when planting and parties go hand in hand. Here are a couple of snap shots.

some of the planters

the soil

just planted

the planters lined up for delivery

tables at the event

one of our favorites!

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