Monday, March 25, 2013

Backyard aeonium bed revisited

In October I turned a neglected planting strip in the backyard into another succulent bed. Although there are a few echeverias, two agaves and a Kalanchoe beharensis, the strip is dominated by aeoniums. This is what it looked like in mid October:

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October 14, 2012

And now, six months later:

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March 24, 2013

The same “before” and “after” view of the bed on the left side:

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October 14, 2012

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March 24, 2013

I’m still amazed by the rate of growth. Take a look at this Aeonium ‘Sunburst’:

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Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’

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Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’

There’s another Aeonium ‘Sunburst’ on the other side, growing next to an ever more expansive Aeonium arboreum.

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LEFT: Aeonium decorum ‘Sunburst’
RIGHT: Aeonium arboreum

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Finally, take a look at my Aeonium ‘Cyclops’. This is what it looked like when I bought it at the Ruth Bancroft Garden sale last October:

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October 6, 2012

And now:

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Aeonium × ‘Cyclops’ (Aeonium undulatum x Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’)

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Aeonium × ‘Cyclops’

In full sun it would have a pronounced purple tinge but in this spot on the north side of the house it is a rich deep green.

Since aeoniums are winter growers and go dormant in the summer, I expect their growth to slow down the closer we get to summer (mid to late May in our neck of the woods). But fast forward to this time next year, I wonder if the entire planting strip will be an aeonium jungle?

4 comments:

  1. The plants have certainly filled out the space nicely! An Aeonium jungle sounds good to me!

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  2. Amazing how quickly they've grown! Summer dormancy just means they stop growing, right?

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  3. Wonderful use of that space Gerhard. And I'm just a tiny bit jealous you can grow those beauties outside.

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  4. Wow! The plants have really filled in! I'm a little impatient for my plants to get bigger :)

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