ULTIMATE LANDSCAPE CHANGE
We’ve been contemplating this for as long as we’ve
lived in our current house (coming up on 15 years). Area
by area, traditional Southern California garden design has
given way to our passion for succulent plants. Herbs and
tomatoes gave way to permanent shade structures. Back yard
lawn has become home to drought tolerant plants and succulents
from all over the world. Side yard used to have a 30 foot
Liquid Ambar, now sports a 10 foot Yucca rostrata along
with a Agave vilmoriniana (Octopus Agave) which has bloomed
and today (Jan. 14, 2008) has its bloom stalk loaded with
hundreds of baby plants (bulbils) along with dozens of other
Now the only non-succulent planting is gone. We’ve
brought in tons of granite boulders; two truckloads of decomposed
granite, built a new entrance walkway and will begin to
install a wonderland of succulents. We plan to call our
garden “The Garden of Two Worlds”. The reference
is that so many of our beloved succulents reside specifically
only in the “old” or the “new” world.
Specimen sized cacti, aloes and others will soon begin to
fill the open spaces.
Here’s a sneak preview of the future of The Garden
of Two Worlds as well as it’s past.