I’m Debra Lee Baldwin in my garden
with a very exciting project to share with you! Of all the photos in the second
edition of Designing with Succulents that I get a lot of comments on, it’s this
Jeanne Meadow’s poolside pot. It’s just so lush and pretty, people want to
know, “How do you do it?” Well basically it’s a combination of graptopetalum, echeverias and sedums as well as their intergeneric crosses of
graptosedum, sedeveria, graptoveria and the like. And then you use the sedums for filler. My eighteen inch diameter pot on a lazy susan, almost to the
brim with potting soil. Start with a sort of a focal point plant sedeveria
hybrid ‘Blue Elf.’ This is a succulent mix it sold that way
Oasis Water Efficient Gardens in Escondido, but all the plants are
available through mail order. This is Graptosedum ‘California Sunset’, a cross between
a graptopetalum and a sedum They will give you better color if you give
them good light, up to a point, you don’t want to sun-scorch them. I like the fact
that they have intact root balls and I can just put them right in like that,
leaning against the side of the pot. This is probably Graptopetalum paraguayense. It’s hard to tell because of growing conditions, that plant
will turn colours like a chameleon depending on how much sun it’s gotten. Wow you see how much I stuffed in there and
I still have all this to go? Coppertone stonecrop, barely rooted
cuttings. It’s a wonderful color. Most of the soil here is coming from the pots
that the plants were in, which is wonderful soil, use it if you can. I can’t
tell you how often I’ve run back to the nursery to get more plant material, even
though I can hardly believe it myself that it took so much. And as long as we
can’t see the soil we’re good Remember these are filler plants, their
job here is not to cascade and drape, but rather to fill
any gaps and enhance the look of lushness. I’m hearing a few little
snaps. I hate that sound, don’t you? When you’ve knocked a leaf off of a
succulent, that nasty little snap. These all have in common, these graptopetalums, graptosedums, sedums, sedeverias they all have in common that tendency to want
to reproduce from those fallen leaves pot of Sedum ‘Blue Spruce’ for contrast in
texture. And when your fat fingers get in the way but you still need to reach down
into an arrangement to settle the roots the chop stick, that’s what you need that
for So basically we’re at the point now
where we’re looking for gaps and if there’s a colorful rosette that’s sort
of tucked in there and hiding get in there and elevate it. Oh! I can hear
those snaps. These leaves have come off What you want to do when that happens
is just drop them back down in the arrangement. OK,
so here’s a decision, what are you going to do with that? Are you gonna plant the
root ball or are you just going to take it as a cutting? I’m going to take it as
the cutting because I don’t want to see any stems. More tucking and we’re done.
OK, open wide. I think what really makes this work is the the continuity and
repetition of the types of plants. All very popular plants, easy to come by.
Give it a good watering and clean off those leaves.