Linda's Sacramento backyard succulent garden

The Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society (SCSS) has started a garden tour program this year that encourages members to open their gardens so others can see what kinds of plants they collect and how they display them or incorporate them into their landscaping.

A couple of weeks ago, we visited the garden of SCSS Vice-President Mariel Dennis. Yesterday, member Linda Roye opened her garden in Sacramento. I was afraid the heat wave we're currently in would keep people away, but there was a steady stream of visitors while I was there.

Linda's front yard is mostly California natives, but her backyard is all about succulents.As you can see below, it's not a large space but Linda has filled it with a wide variety of succulents: agaves, aloes, cacti, crassulas, echeverias, sedums, and many more. Racks and tables on the covered patio hold collections of potted haworthias, gasterias and other shade-loving plants.

Two Western red bud (Cercis occidentalis) provide some shade

Let's take a closer look!

Agave vilmoriniana

Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'

Aloe 'Erik the Red'. The main stem is bent because Linda tripped over it. But the exciting thing is the number of pups (left) ready to be separated soon. My 'Erik the Red' is 5 ft tall now but doesn't have a single pup.

Another sitting area on the patio

One of several orchid cactus (Epiphyllum) in hanging baskets

Another epiphyllum under a large bottle brush tree (Callistemon sp.)

Beautifully backlit spide web in bottle brush tree

Perfect specimen of white sage (Salvia apiana) in the side yard around the corner from the patio

I really liked this rusty bench repurposed as a plant table

Dudleya (not sure which species)

Echeveria 'Imbricata' in a strawberry pot

Another nice collection of potted succulents

Got an unsightly utility pole in your backyard? Embrace it!

Crested Echeveria 'Fred Ives'

And regular 'Fred Ives'

Linda used to make jewelry, and it shows

Head pots by Sacramento area pottery Connie Esquibel

Perfect marriage of pot and plant

Cascading succulents never fail to impress. LEFT: string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)   RIGHT: donkey tail (Sedum morganianum)

More Sedum morganianum in an artfully broken strawberry pot

Chihuahua flower (Graptopetalum bellum)

Power drink for succulents! (See, Loree, people do use it!)

I absolutely love this mosaic made by Linda

It depicts one of my favorite agaves, Agave victoria-reginae

Jelly bean plant (Sedum ×rubrotinctum) in two different spots

Leucadendron in the far corner

Coral aloe (Aloe striata

Mosaic heart in a sea of Delosperma

Nice combination of textures and colors

Aeonium and Echeveria 'Imbricata'

In spite of all the beautiful plants, this was one of the most enticing things in Linda's garden on Saturday!

The high for downtown Sacramento on Saturday, June 17, ended up being 101°F. The forecast is sizzling:


Mariel's garden: succulents, gargoyles, pottery, and a bottle tree!


  1. I'm surprised just how hot it is up your way already! We're having an extended heatwave too but nothing on the order of yours. I've heard it said that succulent abuse often spurs self-propagation and the Aloe story appears to support that. I bought myself some Cactus Juice last year after reading a story by Debra Lee Baldwin on the need to fertilize succulents (which I'd never done before) - I've only used it once so I can't comment on its efficacy yet.

  2. Linda's succulent collection looks envy-worthy! I've never been able to grow one of those donkey tail sedums without huge bare spots, the bits fall off at the slightest touch. The mosaic is lovely too, another talent I do not possess, although I've tried. It's so funny, since Loree shared that photo of the cactus juice, I found a bottle of the stuff squirreled away in my greenhouse, never used.

  3. Like I said, who knew? Cactus Jucie for everyone!

    Ugh that's hot. Possibly 120 in Phoenix tomorrow, but at least it's a dry heat...

  4. We had the same sentiment with the rusty bench, and I'd LOVE to have that orange mosaic panel!!

  5. The Agave mosaic is beautiful. It really looks like A. v-r. The spines and leaves are so well crafted. And Linda's patio table was clean, clean, clean, even though there were plants on it. Take care in this heat. We got it last year at this time; this year it's been warm, but not horrific.


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