Succulents and Cacti

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Sosa sourced antique pots from Wells Tile and Antiques, Early California Antiques, and local shops in Santa Barbara, and peppered them throughout the property, like this one, spilling with succulents. #gardenista
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Succulents & Cacti

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Quick Takes With: Flora Grubb
Plantswoman Flora Grubb is here to dispel rumors that she sold her beloved namesake nurseries in San Francisco and Marina del Rey. They are not under new ownership. “In fact, you can still find me working (like most nurserymen) at least fifty hours a week. I’m still both pulling weeds and poring over spreadsheets. My […]
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Quick Takes With: The Terremoto Team
Terremoto is a 26-person landscape architecture studio with offices in northern and southern California, and today, we’re fortunate to have three of them respond to our Quick Takes questionnaire: co-founder David Godshall and landscape architects Diego Lopez and Dawn Wang. “Our work is an intentionally eclectic mix of residential, cultural, and oddball institutional work, and […]
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Shopper’s Diary: Clement Nursery, San Francisco’s Oldest Garden Store
I frequent San Francisco most weekends, so when I learned of a very old nursery nestled into two full city blocks, I knew I needed to make a bee-line there. What I encountered was a unique space filled with history, well-chosen plants, and friendly staff. In essence, Clement Nursery feels more like a quirky garden […]
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Shopper’s Diary: Clement Nursery, San Francisco’s Oldest Garden Store
I frequent San Francisco most weekends, so when I learned of a very old nursery nestled into two full city blocks, I knew I needed to make a bee-line there. What I encountered was a unique space filled with history, well-chosen plants, and friendly staff. In essence, Clement Nursery feels more like a quirky garden […]
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Gardening 101: Hoya Heart Plant
Hoya Heart, Hoya kerrii Who needs red roses for Valentine’s Day when there’s this sweetheart of a succulent that packs oodles of charm in a tiny package? While it’s true that nothing beats the smell of fresh roses, this heart-shaped plant wins when it comes to gifts that last. Please keep reading to learn more […]
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Gardening 101: Agave Tequilana
Blue Weber Agave, Agave tequilana A daring husband and wife team in Sonoma county—Laurie and Adam Goldberg, co-founders and owners of Stargazer Spirits—is experimenting with large-scale agave farming by planting test blocks on approximately six acres of varying soil types, with blue Weber as one agave variety. They are deep in the learning stage, so […]
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Landscape Design Visit: ‘Moving Art’ in a San Francisco Yard by Talc Studio
The Outer Sunset of San Francisco is “a neighborhood on the edge of the world, a city suburb built on sand dunes, where it is miraculous to even grow a garden on,” says Anastasia Sonkin, co-founder of landscape design firm Talc Studio. “It’s a tough place to plant given the extreme coastal climate conditions—sun, fog, […]
there are many potted plants in front of the house and one is full of them
Garden Visit: Beth Chatto’s Courtyard Scree Garden
Beth Chatto created her famous gardens on the site of a former fruit farm, theming each area around its unique climactic conditions—a wet garden, a woodland garden, and, perhaps most famously, an innovative gravel garden in which a south-facing carpark was converted into an arid garden with sinuous beds and highly textural plantings that provide […]
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Chelsea Flower Show 2023: 8 Ideas to Steal From This Year’s Gardens
Gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show can often feel rarified and unrelatable. But recently the show’s organizer, the Royal Horticultural Society, has made strides to make this global showcase appeal to a far broader audience with smaller space gardens, balcony and container gardens, as well as plant-focused designs that are shown in the floral pavilion. […]
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Shopper’s Diary: Flora Grubb, Now in Los Angeles
In a time when big box stores seem to outnumber independents, it’s cause for celebration when a new indie nursery opens its doors. Even more exciting when the shop is owned by Flora Grubb. Photography by Caitlin Atkinson, courtesy of Flora Grubb. Grubb, whose eponymous nursery in San Francisco helped set the trend for modern, […]
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5 Favorites: Pinkalicious Succulents
Ask anyone in my family and they will confirm that I love the color pink. Pink scarves, pink phone, pink hoodies are just a few of the things I own in the rosy hue. So naturally when I discovered succulents in the same shade, I bought them up. Not every garden, of course, can incorporate […]
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Gardening 101: String of Watermelon
String of Watermelon, Senecio herreanus (Curio herreanus) I couldn’t believe it—another “string of ______ ” plant? I was already familiar with string of pearls, string of dolphins, string of turtles, string of bananas—but string of watermelons? Well, apparently this exists, and I discovered it at my local Sprig garden store where I go to search […]
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The Garden Decoder: What Is ‘Crevice Gardening’?
As a perennial student, I’m fascinated with new ways of gardening and different garden styles. Plus, to keep things even more interesting, I’m always up for a good horticultural challenge. So, when I saw a crevice garden while visiting The Gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland, my curiosity was piqued. Needing to learn more, and […]
the house is surrounded by cactus trees and stone walls, along with an abundance of succulents
Landscape Architecture: Curb Appeal and a Cactus Fence for a Modern LA Gem
The project name for this minimalist Los Angeles house by architects Annie Barrett and Hye-Young Chung (each principals of their own firms but collaborating here) is Centered Home, referring to the design’s unique “nesting” concept that centers private zones, like bedrooms, bathrooms, and a yoga studio, in the core of the structure, with the more […]
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Gardening 101: False Agave
False Agave, Furcraea Mill Valley, where I live, is known for its mild temps but after a recent spate of heat waves that left my perennials curled up, crispy, or wilted (despite being hydrated and well-established), I came to really love and appreciate all the succulents and cactus in my garden. The sun blasted and […]