Creating your own beautiful garden can be as simple as finding inspiration from others. Any succulent lover dreams of being surrounded by colorful species of all kinds, but nowhere do they grow so well as in Southern California. While there are many beautiful succulent gardens, if you need inspiration for how to create a beautiful yard full of succulents, this private garden will do just that. Around every corner are small vignettes with unique varieties in all colors.
Aloes and Aeoniums at the Entrance
This private garden is set on a steep hillside. At the top of a long driveway you're greeted with this delightful combination of Aloes and Aeoniums. Normally the bare stems of Aeonium plants are an eye sore, but here these truly look like Black Roses.
The Fountain of Succulents
Perhaps the most impressive of all the features in this garden is the succulent filled fountain. The combination of pastel blues, greens, oranges and pinks is reminiscent of an ocean sunrise. String of Pearls and Sedum 'Burrito' flowing over the edge help move your eyes from top to bottom.
Pachypodium with Pandas and Bananas
A few steps inside the gate and you're met with more striking succulents. This Pachypodia gives height to the arrangement while Panda Plant makes a subtle statement and the String of Bananas steals the show. Those long trailing vines with Banana shaped leaves add a sense of softness that contrasts the sharp spines of the Pachypodia.
This massive Agave surrounded by smaller succulents is an atypical plant to see near water, but the bright yellow and greens complement the sparkling blue water. You can see hints of blue in the smaller arrangements as well that make these arrangements feel right at home near the pool.
Don't worry about this leaning tower of pots. It's quite stable due to a piece of rebar down the middle of all the pots. The succulents here are packed in tight and maintain bright colors as the spill out of the pots in this sunny location.
Under the Sea Vingette
On the other side of the pool is a shady sitting area with a number of small potted arrangements like this one. They add to the ocean feel by combining coral-like succulents along with seashells. If it weren't in a desert you might think this little area was picked up straigh out of the ocean.
Large Planters as Retaining Walls
As this house is set on a hill, there are quite a few steps leading up from the pool to the house. Rather than using basic cinderblocks or plain concrete, the designers created layers of concrete planters that are overflowing with succulents. This creates a lush look to the areas lining the steps while still being easy to maintain. Drip systems keep everything perfectly watered even in the hot summer months.
Clusters of Colorful Succulents
This sitting area also had a large birdcage filled with succulents. They spilled out of the cage creating a beautiful waterfall of color. It's apparent these are getting plenty of sunlight as their colors are vibrant and the leaves are compactly stacked on top of each other. The speckles on a few of the succulents add a painterly feel to this little collection.
Unique Yard Decor
In the backyard, you'll find a number of unique planters filled with colorful succulents. In addition, there are many nooks designed for planting, displaying arrangements of succulents, or organizing garden tools. An iron bicycle covered in baskets is a playful accent along the walkway leading to another shady sitting area. Traditional garden beds full of succulents are also scattered throughout the yard.
Potting Shed Perfection
A potting shed is tucked away next to the tower of succulents. It is overflowing with treasures and accents to make new succulent arrangements look their very best. Whether it's glass, smooth stones, or sea shells, you're sure to find something here that will enhance any succulent arrangement.
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This article originally appeared on Succulents and Sunshine.