by germinatrix | January 29th, 2010
I was driving to a meeting yesterday, and I saw the vibrant orange by the side of the road – well, I HAD to screech to a halt!
Don’t worry, I pulled over and parked … after the driver in back of me nicely pointed me to the curb with his middle finger…
These flowers are nearing the end of their cycle, but they are still so fantastic and dramatic and beautiful! And really, the flowers are just a bonus when you have these incredible spidery succulent forms! This is Aloe arborescens, and we in Central and Southern CA are so lucky to have it growing all over the place – it’s practically a freeway plant!
Some smart gardener choreographed this combination that blooms simultaneously, but also looks fantastic when not in flower. This is a SUPER smart hellstrip planting – aeoniums and aloes need next to no water or care and will always look great. Check out the black Mexican river pebbles as groundcover … my pebbles of choice these days! Don’t be surprised if I scrape up all of my pea gravel and replace it all with different sizes of black and purple and red Mexican pebbles. It’s my latest obsession…
Aloe arborescens is a parent of a few of my favorite aloes – it gives alot of strength to hybrids, so when you see a blazing, deep orange flower adorning an aloe, you can pretty much be sure you’ll have a vigorous winner on your hands that is related to this tough denizen of scrappy roadsides and incredible gardens alike.
Tomorrow is HUNTINGTON DAY!!! You will all probably be able to hear me squealing with delight and awe, wherever you are!