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Our Approach to Succulent Garden Design

Designing succulent gardens is more art than science. The right mix of colors, textures, shapes and bloom cycles must be selected to create a drought tolerant garden that is beautiful year-round and supports a variety of pollinators. Knowledge of sun tolerance and frost hardiness for each plant is also essential for succulent gardens to thrive and remain low maintenance in our ever-changing climate. Here’s a summary of my approach to new projects.

How to Water Succulents

One of the most common causes of death for succulents is overwatering. Because succulents naturally grow in climates with infrequent rain, they’ve adapted in a way that allows them to store water for much longer than regular houseplants. As such, they can’t be watered the same way. When learning how to water succulents, let’s look at both hand-watering and drip…

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Pest Protection for Succulents

Some of the bugs that plague traditional gardens, such as cucumber beetles and aphids, don’t really bother succulents. But they do have a few pests—mealybugs and agave snout weevil being the main ones. Aphids also like to attack the blooms of yuccas and echeverias during summer. Here’s my advise for succulent pest protection. Succulent Pests: Mealybugs When you see a…

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Frost Protection for Succulents in Sonoma County

Due to the diversity of microclimates and elevations in Napa and Sonoma counties, some areas experience mild frost while others rarely get down to 32 degrees–if at all. If you live in an area that experiences frost, it’s important to provide protection for frost-tender succulents in winter just like you would a citrus tree, especially in their first two years,…

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