Who Needs Trees When You Can Grow Succulents?

September 19, 2012 | By | Comments (3)

Photograph by Caitlin Atkinson

Come to think of it… Who needs trees or bushes or even flowers when you have a climate where succulents thrive year-round?

This Millbrae, CA (about 20 miles south of San Francisco) front yard fulfills all garden needs with (almost) entirely succulents.

Designer Daniel Nolan, of Flora Grubb Gardens, uses tree aloe in lieu of a more predictable choice. Strappy Aloe plicatilis gives the grey-green shrub effect (how much better is it than juniper??), Cotyledon orbiculata¬†offers bright red flowers, and ‘Angelina’ sedum makes a great groundcover. The fluffy yellow shrub in the background isn’t a succulent, but it’s a very low-water ‘Pisa’ leucadendron.

Icing on the cake? This puppy needs next to no water. Plus the whole thing looks like a Dr. Seuss wonderland.

COMMENTS

  1. Flora Grubb Gardens

    […] In-house designer Daniel Nolan’s collaboration with the green-thumb owner of this home thrills the senses with its graphic forms, intense colors and contrasts, and rustling sounds. Employing a plant composition that maximizes the succulent possibilities of this garden’s mild microclimate, Daniel’s design makes passersby slow down to take note, including Sunset magazine’s Westphoria bloggers. […]

    September 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm
  2. Formal Gardening, Western Style – Westphoria | A blog by Sunset

    […] take on a formal garden. Designer Daniel Nolan of Flora Grubb Gardens (I know I plug him a lot, but his gardens are sort of amazing) keeps the symmetry, keeps the tranquility, but swaps out fuddy-duddy plants […]

    May 27, 2013 at 6:01 am
  3. Flora Grubb Gardens

    […] In-house designer Daniel Nolan’s collaboration with the green-thumb owner of this home thrills the senses with its graphic forms, intense colors and contrasts, and rustling sounds. Employing a plant composition that maximizes the succulent possibilities of this garden’s mild microclimate, Daniel’s design makes passersby slow down to take note, including Sunset magazine’s Westphoria bloggers. […]

    October 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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