You could easily duplicate this vivid succulent garden at Weidner’s nursery in Encinitas, CA. It’s a three-dimensional showcase of succulents superbly suited to mild, frost-free regions.*

Most of the plants in this display garden are readily available, and all are in my book, Designing with Succulents.

I do wonder, though, if visitors who exclaim over the garden are aware of important aspects of it that are not obvious. You might not notice, for example, the way the grade varies. For one thing, a garden that’s pancake-flat is not as interesting or natural-looking. Also, creating berms by bringing in good soil is both smart and practical. Simply mound it atop existing hard-packed, nutrient-deficient dirt. You’ll find digging and planting much easier, and roots will thank you.

The long, narrow garden began when Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity came to Weidner’s to do a succulent planting-and-design demo. The result inspired the nursery’s on-staff succulent expert Sabine Hildebrand to continue the garden from the entrance to the corner—a distance of about 50 feet.

The dry creek, slightly below grade and flanked by planted mounds, meanders instead of being ramrod-straight, and—as shown in my video—it connects with a culvert that gives it a “reason” to be there.

Swaths of crushed lava rock fill gaps, help keep weed seeds from germinating, hold moisture in the soil, and make plants easy to access for pruning and deadheading.

My recently released YouTube video takes you on a narrated, four-minute tour of Weidner’s Colorful Succulent Garden. In it, I’ve ID’d all the plants. Find the same labeled images, learn more about the garden, and leave any comments (which are most welcome!) on the related post on my website.

Have fun borrowing ideas from this colorful, easy-care garden. I’d love to see what you come up with!
*If you’re in a more challenging climate, find helpful info on my website and watch my YouTube channel playlist: Cold Hardy Succulents and Design Ideas.

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