Garden Bloggers Foliage Day -Succulents


I have a number of succulents in my garden. I like them for their interesting foliage and textures. Some I planted and some just appeared. The plant above tends to materialize in sand seemingly out of nowhere. And can’t be moved or disturbed, the one charmingly located itself on the front edge of a bed and got to stay. The common name for these Kiss Me Quick is also charming, a native Portulaca (Portulaca pilosa).


This is another favorite with a mad texture, a Pencil Cactus, Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Firesticks’. I have a few of these in the garden as propagating them is as easy as breaking a piece off and sticking it in the ground. Instant plant and difficult to kill. The Pencil Cactus is underplanted with a Soap Aloe (Aloe saponaria) both thrive in my unirrigated Rain Garden baking in a bed between the house and driveway. Here is the Soap Aloe:


The Soap Aloe blooms quarterly with orange and green candelabras.


This is a Graptosedum a friend gifted to me. I have no idea what variety it is, but again this thrives in an unirrigated bed beside the mailbox. In the same bed is the Blue Agave below, happily growing with only rainwater and the occasional trim to remove the spiny tips. This is the type of Agave tequila is made from, again grown by a friend.


The Agaves have an Architectural character to them that I love.  Here is a Green Agave, I found growing behind my garbage cans and rescued.


Last but not least, another really easy to grow plant, the FlapJack Kalanchoe. These are popular as summer annuals but live year round in my garden.




9 comments on “Garden Bloggers Foliage Day -Succulents

  1. Christina says:

    Thank you on several levels for joining in GBFD this month. 1. Because the post was really interesting and 2. Because you’ve identified some succulents that I have with no idea what they were! I have the lovely blue grey agave that you identified as being the one for tequila. Thank you!!!!!

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  2. I love succulents, but don’t have much luck with them here. Probably too much water and clay. Did you get hit by the storm? We just got a nice rain.

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    • Succulents are probably a container plant for you?! I tried them in the red Georgia clay with similar results. The storms still amaze me by their sheer size. I have been able to feel the wind for the past couple of days and still can but we have not had any rain from it.

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  3. Sally says:

    I love succulents and you have some really interesting ones. The Pencil Cactus and Blue Agave are the best.

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  4. Chloris says:

    Succulents are my latest craze although quite unable to deal with our winters. Lovely to see your collection. The Pencil cactus is new to me. Weird and wonderful.

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