Robin Stockwell takes a living succulent heart up to the 2015 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Planted with 15,000 succulents that are hardy to the Pacific Northwest, the Heart will live at Succulent Gardens after the show.
Maybe it’s because I’ve just come back from visiting family in Chicago, where winter is a long, bleak stretch of grayness, but when I was walking around the nursery today, I was struck by how many of our succulents are putting up dazzlingly colorful blooms now, in late January.
There’s a new showcase at Succulent Gardens: a display bed along Amaral Road where we’ve planted a few dozen examples of large, mature plants.
It’s a mix of tree aloes and agaves, with each plant given enough space that you can see how far its branches spread and take in its full form without other plants crowding into view.