My interest in gardening vertically began in the late 1970’s, when I created a redwood box for hanging on a wall once planted with succulents. I called this a living picture/mural.  That interest has grown over the past several years, with ambitious projects such as the now famous “Cube” for the Organic Mechanics’ gold-medal winning display at the 2010 San Francisco Flower & Garden Show.

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Summer Care for SucculentsMany of the succulents will be easier to keep looking lush if they are protected from the hot summer sun, particularly if they are in containers. Read about specific care instructions for aeoniums, echeverias, agaves, crassulas, cotyledons, sedum, and more in the summer months. 

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Aloe polyphylla, or spiral aloe, has become more readily available since the advent of tissue culturing difficult-to-propagate plants. Tissue culture is the propagation of plants as “test tube babies” or cloning. For plants that seldom flower, or require many years to reach flowering maturity, tissue culture is used to speed up the process.

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Succulents have not been available in the supply chain in sufficient variety or volume, nor has there been a demand until recently, to make landscaping with succulents practical. One of the goals at Succulent Gardens has been to build an inventory that would satisfy the needs of both variety and volume.

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In order to garden successfully with plants growing on a wall, it's important to recognize the difference from traditional gardening. Succulent plants are often found growing on cliffs in the crevices of rocks or on the cliff edges, clinging to what soil they can find. This ability to eke out a living in little soil makes them pretty good candidates for vertical gardening. Robin Stockwell, "The Succulent Guy," gives a step-by-step guide on living picture frames.

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Succulents are well suited to being grouped with other low-water plants in containers.

Care instructions for succulents are often generalizations. With awareness of the needs of individual varieties, you will find better results and healthier plants. For example, all cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Succulents are low maintenance, but not no maintenance. Read our 13 useful succulent tips for your at-home garden.

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