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Friday, August 12, 2016
Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Succulents

Let’s face it, everybody has an addiction to succulents. These unique little plants are everybody’s favourite even though we know we don’t live in the desert southwest and we know they won’t survive outside over winter. It doesn’t matter you say… they will be brought indoors before frost comes, just like the animals lining up two by two for Noah’s Ark.

Yes, we all have the best intentions, but we are here to relieve you of that burden. Let’s just admit it. I love succulents, you love succulents, we know they won’t survive outside – but they are just soooo cool!

Buy them, enjoy them, and if one or two survive on the windowsill over winter then great. Their chances of survival indoors are better than that geranium you bought in Spring! Ok, enough with the self-help zone denial chatter, here are 13 super cool special succulents that we just love and we hope will continue to fuel your plant addiction.

Firesticks Euphorbia

Firesticks Euphorbia

Euphorbia tirucalli

Firesticks is a fast growing upright succulent with green to yellow stems growing pinkish red as they mature. It’s drought tolerant once established but grows best in well-drained soil and regular watering once the soil becomes dry. Protect from frost, for that matter, bring it indoors if you want it to survive over winter. White sap can be irritating and can burn skin and eyes so use caution and wear protection when pruning and handling the plant. Very architectural when combined with other succulents. In the desert southwest, these plants are considered weeds growing several feet in height, but we don’t have to worry about them doing that outdoors here.

Painted Echeveria

Painted Echeveria

Echeveria nodulosa

This unique succulent from Monrovia provides great contrast with rosettes of absinthe green, vividly painted with red on the margins and mid-leaf. Hummingbirds adore the coral-pink and yellow flowers that appear atop tall bracts in summer. Originally from Mexico, this low growing spreader thrives in dry, sandy soil, preferring cool sun to light shade. Grows rosettes to 5 inches wide and clumps 1-2ft tall and 2-3ft wide. Hardy in USDA zones 9-11. In our climate, bring it indoors if you want it to survive over winter.

Zwartkop Aeonium

Zwartkop Aeonium

Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’

This always popular succulent is a clump forming plant grown for its incredibly attractive dark black to dark red foliage. It is an easy care plant ideal for containers and seasonal landscapes. It is both heat and drought tolerant. Best grown in full to part sun. Reaches 12-24 inches in height. Annual unless in zones 9-11.

Princess Pine Crassula

Princess Pine Crassula

Crassula muscosa pseudolycopodioides

Princess Pine Crassula is a small succulent plant with tiny light green leaves vaguely reminiscent of a needle-like conifer foliage. Foliage is densely packed around thin stems forming a square mass. It can reach up to 12inches tall with little yellow-green flowers. They are easy to grow, but over-watering can be fatal. It is both heat tolerant and requires very little water. Best in full to part sun. Make sure to bring it indoors over winter if you want it to survive. Hardy in zones 9-11

Topsy Turvy Echeveria

Topsy Turvy Echeveria

Echeveria runyonii

This intriguing succulent features thick blue-gray leaves that curve upwards at unruly angles. Bright orange and yellow flowers rise above the foliage on tall arching inflorescence in late summer and into fall. Adds a unique texture to rock gardens, borders and container gardens. Performs well in lean soils and is drought tolerant once established. Fast growing to 8-12 inches in height and spread. Prefers full to part sun. Bring it indoors if you want it to survive over winter. Hardy in USDA zones 9-11

Hookers Pachyphytum

Hookers Pachyphytum

Pachyphytum hookeri This lovely little succulent with an unfortunate name is an evergreen in warm climates but must be brought indoors to over winter here in the Pacific Northwest. It forms rosettes of elongated silver-green fleshy foliage with pink tips. It is both heat and drought tolerant and only needs the occasional watering. Clump forming to 4 inches high and 6 inches wide. Excellent for containers, succulent bowls and as a houseplant. Best in full to part sun. Hardy in zone 9.

Perle Von Nurnberg Echeveria

Perle Von Nurnberg Echeveria

Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’

One of our personal favourites! This wonderful succulent forms beautiful rosettes of soft grey-brown leaves with deep pink highlights that are dusted to powdery white. Bright coral flowers emerge in summer on foot long reddish stems. Adds beauty to rock gardens and succulent collections. It is tolerant of heat and drought. Its an evergreen in warm climates but must be brought indoors over winter if you want it to survive. Hardy in USDA zones 9-11. Grows 8-10 inches in height and 6-8 inches wide. Best in full to part sun.

Lipstick Echeveria

Lipstick Echeveria

Echeveria agavoides ‘Lipstick’

Lipstick Echeveria features bright green leaves with vivid reddish pink edges and forms dense rosettes. Reminiscent of an Agave, each leaf is tipped with a small spine. Accented with red blooms in spring. Compact and ground hugging, this clumping succulent is beautiful in rock gardens and mixed succulent plantings. Needs full to part sun and only an occasional watering. Forms rosettes to 6 inches tall and 6-12 inches wide. Bring it indoors if you want it to survive the winter. Hardy in USDA zones 9-11.

Hawaiian Portulaca

Hawaiian Portulaca

Portulaca molokiniensis

Hawaiian Portulaca is a darling succulent that is very similar to prostrate sedums in form; medium green foliage and succulent leaves are bunched at the end of stems. Terminal flowers appear occasionally but are not showy. Prefers dry soil and full sun. Bring it indoors if you want it to survive the winter. Hardy in zone 9. In perfect conditions it can reach 12 inches in height and up to 24 inches across.

LifeSaver Plant

LifeSaver Plant

Huernia zebrina

No that’s not a wayward candy in the photograph. This amazing tender succulent has a mounding habit and beautiful, exotic, star-shaped spotted flowers with a prominent red center that looks like a life saver candy. While it looks suspiciously like a cactus, it is not overly pointy or sharp. Its an excellent plant for terrariums, cactus gardens, succulent bowls or as a houseplant. The Life Saver Plant is both heat and drought tolerant. Water only occasionally and do not over water. Can reach 6 inches in height and prefers full sun. Bring it indoors if you want it to survive the winter. Hardy in zone 9.

Flapjacks Kalanchoe

Flapjacks Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe luciae

This unique looking tender succulent features aqua, large round leaves blush red on the edges. It produces small flowers on a tall stalk. Its native to South Africa and is drought tolerant once established. Water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch. Provides dramatic color and texture in rock gardens, xeriscapes and containers. Protect from frost by bringing it indoors. Hardy in zones 9-11

Bigband Haworthia

Big Band Haworthia

Haworthia attenuate

Big Band Haworthia is a highly sought after succulent for terrariums, succulent gardens and as a low maintenance houseplant. It’s a tender evergreen with a clumping habit. Stemless succulent looking slightly like an Aloe has upright narrow dark green leaves with horizontal white bands. Heat and drought tolerant. Water only occasionally and do not over water. Prefers full sun to light shade and can reach 3-5 inches tall and up to 6-12 inches wide. Bring it indoors if you want it to over winter. Hardy in zone 10.

Panda Plant

Panda Plant

Kalanchoe tomentosa

This unique succulent features fuzzy gray leaves on a clump forming plant. Green-yellow, bell shaped flowers bloom in spring to early summer. Excellent for providing texture and colour to containers, succulent bowls or use it as a houseplant. Prefers full sun to part shade and can grow to 24 inches in height and spread. Bring it indoors over winter if you want it to survive. Hardy in zone 9.

These 13 succulents represent just a few of the hundreds of succulents we stock at Arts Nursery. The best selection is from late spring into early Fall, but we carry some all year round for indoor use. Visit us to pick up your succulent treasures, but as always call ahead to confirm availability if you are looking for specific plants. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Friday, August 15, 2014
Posted By: Laurelle Olfdord-Down in Succulents

Succulents are some of the most versatile and easy plants to care for in the garden. They require little water and average to sandy soil. If given the right amount of light they pretty much take care of themselves!

They can be planted up to fill an old leaky birdbath to create a riot of texture and colour. They can be used vertically in a frame to create living art. They can grace the gravelly, dry soil at the end of your driveway and they can more than hold their own in a perennial bed!

Sensational Succulents in Bird Bath

The flowers of many sedums are well loved by pollinators and you will often find butterflies and native bee species hovering around the flowers. Succulents are some of my favorite go-to plants for garden design. Here is my list of fun and easy go to succulents… or as I like to call them, the illustrious eleven!

Chinese Dunce Cap

Chinese Dunce Cap

Orostachys iwarenge

This entertaining little succulent grows to about 5-6 inches in height and about 10 inches wide. The little rosettes begin to flower and form little caps. It is a lovely blue-ish grey with some pink overtones. Each rosette that flowers dies back but other non-flowering rosettes will become next year’s crop. Can be hardy to zone 6 with very well- draining and almost dry conditions but I think it might get too wet here in the winter as I haven’t had much luck overwintering it. It’s a lot of fun especially in planters or planted in broken halves of pottery and mixed with other succulents. Even if it is too wet here to overwinter it (I’ll try it this time under an overhang), will definitely add it again next spring!

Cebenese Cobweb Houseleek

Cebenese Cobweb Houseleek

Sempervivum arachnoidium ‘Cebenese’

THIS is a hardy must have…especially for any upcoming Halloween planters!! This Hen and Chick plant looks like it is covered in cobwebs. It is AWESOME paired with Dragon’s Blood Sedum! It has been gracing the nooks and crannies by my steps for a few years now. When you get the odd baby hen and chick, I just stick the little rosette onto the ground and away it grows. Hardy to zone 4, Sempervivum arachniodium loves a dry, average, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in a sunny spot for best colour. It grows 3-6 inches in height and about 12 inches wide. Evergreen.

Dragons Blood Sedum

Dragon’s Blood Sedum

Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’

This is a tough-as-nails sedum that forms a low dense mat in poor and dry soil. The bright red flowers and the greenish with purple red edging of the leaves add a fantastic colour contrast against the other lighter coloured succulents. This plant is hardy to zone 4, for infertile, dry sites in the sun.Evergreen.

Babys Tears Sedum

Baby’s Tears Sedum

Sedum album chloroticum 'Babys Tears'

Not only does this plant have an awesome name but it is amazingly cool. It has attractive little round leaves in a fresh glossy green that will form a dense carpet and drape down over the sides of the pot. There are more than enough of these little ball-like leaves which are as addictively fun to squish as bubble wrap! It is hardy to zone 4 and has delicate little white flowers in late spring to summer. I love using this little sedum in a container mixed with other plants and grasses at the containers edge to highlight the cascading effect or in rockeries or stepped gardens. It grows in full sun and grows to about 3-4 inches in height and about 12 inches wide. Evergreen.

Lime Zinger Sedum

Sedum ‘Lime Zinger’

This is an attractive floriferous new sedum with a compact habit and great fresh lime coloured green leaves edged in burgundy. It forms almost a mat of pinky white flowers later summer. It grows to about 6 inches high and forms clumps approximately 18 inches wide. Grow in full sun, in average, well draining soil. Hardy to zone 4.

Black Hen n Chick

Sempervivum 'black'

Another favourite hen and chick selection with a rich burgundy red edging, to complete burgundy in the sun. So don’t ask me why it is called 'black' hens and chicks. Maybe they named it at night. If you want to make a sempervivum quilt groundcover in your garden it is a lot of fun to mix it with the cobweb hens and chicks. Hardy to zone 4. Plant in full sun in average well drained to dry soil. Evergreen.

Angelina Sedum

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’

Another fantastically coloured succulent to mix in a succulent planter is Sedum 'Angelina'. Also awesome if you have a face container…it kind of looks like golden medusa hair. In early summer it is a bright lime chartreuse and then with more sun it becomes a golden yellow and then golden yellow with red edging at the end of summer and into fall. If you thought that was enough, you thought wrong…it also has clusters of starry yellow flowers in summer too! This clumping groundcover sedum grows to about 4-6 inches in height and will spread to about 18 inches. It is hardy to zone 5 and will grow in full to part sun in well-draining average soil. Evergreen.

Autumn Joy Sedum

Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

This lovely, taller growing sedum graces my perennial garden. I actually do a little pinching back of this succulent in late spring when it is about 6 inches tall, that way I get a more compact floriferous plant. If you want taller you can skip this step. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is a reliable and beautiful later summer and fall bloomer. The blooms are held above the plant like broccoli and are a dusky pink. They work well with the gentle grey green of the leaves and are absolutely spectacular when paired with Rudbeckia and Perovskia for a fall display. Plant in full sun in an average well drained soil. It will grow to about 2 feet tall and wide and is hardy to zone 3.

Red Cauli Sedum

Sedum ‘Red Cauli’

This lovely sedum variety forms mounds of silvery olive-grey leaves which give rise to pink-red clusters of flowers in late summer. Flowers are held above the foliage on slender burgundy stems. A breathtaking flower display! It grows to about 12 inches high and about 2 feet wide. It is hardy to zone 4. Plant in sun in well drained soil.

Sedum Cape Blanco

Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’

This sedum makes a pretty awesome startlingly powdery grey-green mat of tiny leaves which create amazing contrast against the starry sunshine-yellow flowers in later summer. This evergreen succulent needs a very well draining site in the winter. It grows to about 2-3 inches high and forms a mat about 18 inches wide. It is hardy to zone 6. Evergreen.

Blue Spruce Sedum

Sedum reflexum ‘Blue Spruce’

Another great Medusa-haired specimen. This sedum forms little succulent ‘branches’ that look like small evergreens. It forms a mat of blue-green leaves with yellow flowers held above the leaves in later summer. The blue leaves become tinged with red in cooler weather. A great groundcover sedum or lovely hanging over the side of a planter! Hardy to zone 4. Plant in sun in a very well drained average soil. Evergreen.

These are just a few of the many great sedums and succulent available at Art's Nursery. Drop by today and check them out. Our selection is always changing so call ahead, 604.882.1201, if you are looking for a specific variety.


Saturday, March 9, 2013

6 Deadly Agaves

Plants for Desert or Xeriscape Gardens

Posted By: Rebecca van der Zalm in Succulents

agave plant

On a recent trip to the southern California desert area of Palm Springs, we couldn’t help but fall in love with the incredible architectural fascinating Agave plants. They are literally everywhere in the landscape. Blue ones, green ones and even variegated varieties.

Agave’s are also known as Century Plants, most likely getting their name from their extremely slow growth rate. They are succulents well adapted for desert conditions and can struggle in our wet climate. They do well in areas of full sun and very well drained soil. We suggest planting them in naturally dry areas like under the eaves of a house or on a hillside sheltered from winter cold and snow. Allow agaves to dry out between waterings. Over watering can rot the roots. Feed Agave’s once every 3-4 months during the spring and summer. These plants are not for the faint of heart. One wrong move means a pin-pricked finger, scratch or wound. Position them in a place away from frequently travelled paths, walkways or areas where you, kids or pets may brush against them. They are also ideal for use in terrariums and as houseplants.

Upon coming home from California in early January, one of our incredible suppliers asked us to consider carrying some of their succulents and desert plants. Their timing was impeccable – how could I resist! Here are 6 deadly agave’s that we’ve brought in for the plant collections out there.

Black Widow Agave

Agave  schidigera ‘Black Widow’

This native of western Mexico features rigid, dark green leaves with silver accents and filiferous edges. A compact growth habit makes it an excellent plant for containers or as specimen in a south-west garden. Grows to 1ft in height and 18 inches across at maturity. Hardy in zones 8-10. Provide winter protection in the pacific northwest or bring it inside. If planted outside, provide the brightest, driest, warmest space possible.

Fatal Attraction Agave

Agave funkiana ‘Fatal Attraction’

This agave features narrow dark green leaves with a lighter central mid-stripe. Foliage ends with a dark terminal spine. This small agave is great for containers or grouped plantings. Needs good drainage. May grow 1-2ft in height and spread. If planted outside, provide the brightest, driest, warmest space possible. Hardy to zone 8.

Jaws Agave

Agave gentryi ‘Jaws’

Glossy dark green, concave and heavily toothed leaves and a fantastic shape give this attractive Agave its name. Uniform orange-brown teeth. Over time ‘Jaws’ will form a clump 2ft tall and 4ft wide. If planted outside, provide the brightest, driest, warmest space possible. Needs good drainage.  Great in a container or a rock garden. Leaf impressions persist on undersides of unfurled leaves. Hardy in zones 7-10

Blue Glow Agave

Agave ‘Blue Glow’

This agave forms one beautifully symmetrical solitary rosette rather than forming clusters of many smaller rosettes. Rosettes have smooth, spineless foliage with red margins. Great in containers or very well drained area of the garden. Needs full sun and good drainage. Water infrequently. Grows 1-2ft high and 1-2ft wide. Hardy in zones 8-10

Silver Surfer Agave

Agave ‘Silver Surfer’

This clump-forming century plant offers dramatic wide, silver-blue leaves and teeth along the margins.  Great for containers, xeriscape and rock gardens. Can grow to 5ft in height and 9ft wide. Needs full sun and very well drained soil. Hardy to zone 7.

Montana Agave

Agave montana

This agave forms a tight solitary rosette of glaucous blue-green leaves that are lined with sharks teeth and have a spine on the end of them. Easy care plant  that is great in landscapes, rock gardens and containers. Can also be used as a houseplant. Needs full sun and very well drained soil. Grows 18-36 inches high and 18-36 inches wide. Hardy in zones 7-10. Water infrequently.

Art’s Nursery carries a wide variety of cacti, succulents and tropical plants. Our selection is always changing, so always please call ahead to confirm availability. If you need and information or advice, visit us in person or call 604.882.1201.


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