by germinatrix | November 16th, 2010
If there is one plant that I DIE over that I don’t have enough of, it is Echeverias. I have a few, and I love them, but while I’ve gone crazy and grabbed every Aloe and Agave I can get my hands on, I haven’t been as aggressive in my pursuit of the ownership of echeverias. Why? They are such brilliant plants, and they do beautifully in my garden.
Echeveria are native to the Americas, mostly to Mexico. They are succulent, yes – but they like a little shade and water (not TOO much, especially in cooler climates) to look their best. They love sharp drainage. Does your garden fit the bill? Yes? Right on! Go to town and use these beauties as exquisite front -of – the – border detail plantings. Is your garden if a freeze zone, or in an area of the country where it rains and rains? Containers are the answer! But really – every garden should include some of these glorious specimens.
As I was strolling around taking pictures, I was struck by the fact that I didn’t have MORE of them in my garden! I am missing some GREAT echeverias - Echeveria imbricata, Echeveria elegans, Echeveria agavoides ‘Lipstick‘ – well, I actually have a few ‘Lipstick’ but they aren’t looking too lipstick-y at the moment, so they aren’t being counted for the purpose of this post. These particular echeverias also form dense clumps in the front of a bed or border, making them heart-poundingly perfect choices to “seal the deal” – seeing these growing onto walkways, or cuddling up against rocks or slag glass just SENDS ME!
The last word in echeverias comes from my succulent guru, Debra Lee Baldwin, who prefers that people use echeverias in containers because they tend to get damaged in the ground. That has held true in my garden, but I have seen some beautiful clusters of rossette forming agaves performing beautifully in the ground; however, I admit that they DO tend to look fresher in containers. I say plant them everywhere – on the ground, in a pot, in a hanging sphere, in the nooks and crannies of a stone wall. Play with these beauties, and they will play back – they will show you their dramatic color extremes and they’ll delight you with their ease of culture. So what are you waiting for?
Probably what I’m waiting for – my next paycheck. Then it will be an ECHEVERIA OVERLOAD – in the very BEST of ways!
XOXO Your Germinatrix