Return to Piece of Eden, April 2021

Last month, I had the opportunity to re-visit the Southern California garden of Hoover Boo. If you follow her blog, Piece of Eden, you're very familiar with her exquisite garden. A lover of proteas, roses, aloes, agaves, and myriad other plants, she combines them all to harmonious perfection. She's also a very active gardener who embraces change, so there's always something new to see.

All kinds of proteas and roses in flower, with Aloidendron 'Hercules' towering over them

I make no secret of my admiration for Piece of Eden so please excuse me if I sound like an overexcited fanboy (which I am).

It doesn't get better than this

View of Aloidendron 'Hercules' from the other direction, towards the neighbors' house

Leucadendron 'Pom Pom'

Leucadendron 'Pom Pom', beautiful flowers but for some reason hard to photograph

Agave desmetiana 'Joe Hoak' and Leucospermum 'Scarlet Ribbons'

Agave desmetiana 'Joe Hoak' 

Aloe capitata var. quartziticola in the lushest carpet of Dymondia margaretae I've ever seen. When this South African groundcover is happy, it's happy. It's a bit of a temperamental beast.

Aloe dorotheae looking like it just crawled out from under a blanket of hairy Canary clover (Dorycnium hirsutum)

Agave 'Streaker', a rare striated sport of 'Blue Flame'

Inside the gate, in the courtyard in front of the garage:

A pair of Agave desmetiana 'Joe Hoak' connected by Cuphea 'Vermillionaire'

The tall aloe with dried flower stalks is Aloe thraskii, the paler one below it Aloe pseudorubroviolacea

Aloe pseudorubroviolacea with an emerging flower stalk

Callistemon viminalis 'Slim', one of several (nine, actually)

Walking around the front of the house into the back garden:

Rosa 'Brass Band'

Aeonium 'Zwartkop, Agave 'Snow Glow'

Agave 'Blue Glow' babies

Aechmea blanchetiana (left) thrown into the mix

I love how the pavers are softened by blue fescue, Senecio serpens and other groundcovers

Senecio serpens

Aloe 'Hellskloof Bells' in a bed of blue fescue

Variegated Agave parryi var. truncata

Variegated Aloe × nobilis, the largest specimen I've ever seen. At first glance, I thought it was an Agave 'Cornelius'!

Alstroemeria 'Rock & Roll'

Alstroemeria 'Rock & Roll' and another Callistemon viminalis 'Slim'

Callistemon viminalis 'Slim'

And yet another Callistemon viminalis 'Slim' at the bottom of the stairs

Pittosporum 'Ivory Sheen' (left) and Callistemon viminalis 'Slim'

Pittosporum 'Ivory Sheen'(left) and Callistemon viminalis 'Slim'

Callistemon viminalis 'Slim'

Agave attenuata 'Ray of Light'

Agave attenuata (green)

Agave elleemettiana, hard to photograph in dappled light, but that's where it likes to grow

Cascading Japanese maple, with Cordyline 'Electric Flash' and Abelia 'Confetti' to the right of it

Salvia 'Amistad'

In front of the house again, looking at the front slope:

So much flower color at this time of year

The dominant presence is the yellow shrub on the left, Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird'

Leucadendron 'Yellow Bird'

Leucadendron 'Yellow Bird', Agave titanota (large plant), Agave oteroi (green, bottom left), Agave parrasana (blue, bottom right)

Yucca 'Bright Star'

Yucca 'Bright Star'

Aloe rubroviolacea, Senecio mandraliscae, and Agave gentryi 'Jaws'

Senecio mandraliscae, and Agave gentryi 'Jaws'

Hunnemannia fumarifolia intertwined with Agave salmiana var. ferox 'Mediopicta'

Yucca 'Bright Star', Leucadendron 'Cloudbank Ginny' (top left), Dasylirion wheeleri (blue, second from left), Leucospermum 'Tango' (right)

Leucadendron 'Cloudbank Ginny', Dasylirion wheeleri and Leucospermum 'Tango'

Dasylirion wheeleri and Leucospermum 'Tango'

The white-flowering shrub is Grevillea 'Moonlight'

Dasylirion longissimum

Succulent wonderland

Large and very happy fan aloe (Kumara plicatilis

Agave 'Mr Ripple'

Flowering Agave marmorata

Wider view of the front slope

And one final photo of the front slope

Hoover Boo gardens on ½ acre (22,000 sq. ft.), which is almost three times the size of our lot. So I'm forgiven if I feel a bit envious of all the space she has to play with. But I have a hunch that if I had a larger garden, it would look (un)surprisingly similar to Hoover Boo's, seeing how we love many of the same plants.

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  1. I always enjoy views of HB's garden but it's great to see it from another visitor's perspective. I never realized that her Leucadendron 'Cloudbank Ginny' nor her Grevillea 'Moonlight' had grown so large! I continue to be envious of her success with Leucospermums and I'm impressed by the very healthy baby 'Blue Glow' Agaves. I remember when the latter were just tiny bulbils...

  2. Wish you could have seen it mulched, it looks a lot better. Thank you for your kind comments! It was really fun to have you visit and talk plants with you.

    1. I saw the photos on your blog. A new layer of mulch makes everything look so clean!

      Can't wait to visit again!

  3. I love seeing a big view of HB's garden. I follow her blog with envy from here in Phoenix. Her plants and care of them are so inspiring!

  4. Lucky you, and lucky us that you took so many photos of Hoov's beautiful garden. I loved that shot of the Agave 'Blue Glow' nursery and how fortuitous that your visit coincided with the blooming of the many Callistemon viminalis 'Slim'.

    1. I'm in love 'Slim'! I planted one myself, but it's too much shade, at least until it gets taller, so it hasn't bloomed yet.

  5. So glad you got wide shots of this great garden!

    1. Easy to do. All you have to do is press the shutter button. The photos practically take themselves.

  6. Always interesting to see another perspective. HB's garden is stunning with a host of really interesting plants. Have never seen such beautiful blooming roses as HB's.

    1. She manages to incorporate roses in a totally organic way. I've never seen them look so good next to succulents and southern hemisphere shrubs.


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