I love her use of succulents and am so covetous of the Angel Trumpet (Brugmasia)! I have long desired a succulent garden - not only are they wonderfully low maintenance, they are wonderful for the environment as well. Succulents need very little human input to thrive - just the right sun and soil conditions. Usually those tough, sandy soiled and sunny areas of a garden are perfect for a succulent garden.
They also work wonderfully well in containers.
Blue Succulent from Moosey's Country Garden
Wild Ginger Farm in Oregon has some lovely examples and instructions for creating different succulent/rock gardens - including a lovely parking strip garden they planted using a pocket planting method. From their site:
Pocket planting is used when you are unable to rework the soil in an entire area. Instead, a hole is dug and additional soil is worked in along with the plant.
Different gardening zones require different plants, but I know there are a great number of beautiful sedum and succulents that will thrive in your garden.
photo by davitydave
I adore the vertical gardens, but am absolutely smitten with Susie Nadler's work for The Cutting Garden at Flora Grubb. Love. Love. Love. Her combination of texture and color is superb. I look at her bouquets and see the garden the flowers came from. What a fun design project that would be - to create a garden design based on one of these bouquets...which one would you pick??!!
You can see more of Susie's work on her Flicker page...it is a lovely source of inspiration!
Much love to you all - next week the list of Fall garden chores is coming your way. Let me know if you have any specific plant questions and I'll be sure to address them!