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Container Succulents and Cacti July 11, 2011

Back in March, I attended Macy’s annual Flower Show in Minneapolis. Bachman’s, a large local florist in Minnesota, put rooms full of flower displays together. It was hosted on the 8th floor of the downtown Minneapolis Macy’s store.

macys flower show succulents | | paula bonelli

macy's succulents

Just inside the main room, on either side of the entrance were pots with various types of succulents in them, including hens and chicks.  I love hens and chicks. They have been part of my garden for years, but in recent years have died out completely. (I prefer the species that stays short and stout rather than the leggy, trailing kind.)

Last year a friend was moving and sold me a couple of large pots she had on her deck. So when I saw the pots by Bachman’s, I was inspired to do something similar in these new containers. I also knew we’d have space to display them with the addition of a small deck that my husband built outside our back door last fall.

I’ve been on the hunt since May to select plants. During a day off for my birthday, I picked up aloe and a variety of cacti. Then I found one of my favorite anchor plants, sweet potato vine. (I use it every year somewhere in my pots. It adds great foliage color and I love the way it trails.) Lastly I found a new plant, cerveza ‘n lime (plectranthus). It has small velvety leaves (like lambs’ ear) and smells like lime when rubbed. Plunk in a jade plant and a small geranium I wintered over, and here’s the result:

succulents, cacti | | paula bonelli      succulents, cacti | | paula bonelli

What’s in your containers this year?


8 Responses to “Container Succulents and Cacti”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Would you happen to know of an online site where I can purchase a cerveza n lime plant?

    • Paula B Says:

      Hi Jennifer,
      I used to buy it locally but the garden shop doesn’t carry it any longer. Proven Winners grows it. You could go to their web site to see if a nursery near your location has it. Otherwise, I did find it online at this site, but I can’t vouch for it since I’ve never ordered from them before.

      I hope that helps! I think I might order one from them too – love this plant. 🙂 Thanks for your question.

      Happy gardening,

      • Jennifer Says:

        Hi Paula – thank you so much for your reply regarding the cerveza n lime plant. I did visit the website that you sent, but I don’t think it’s possible to actually order from them – you can only add items for a printable list, unfortunately. I’ll keep looking though – I really love the plant but haven’t been able to find it anywhere for about two years now.

      • Paula B Says:

        I saw that later in the day yesterday when I went to order! 😦 I also have not been able to find it…I’ll keep looking around my area and online. I’ll let you know if I find it! Maybe I’ll look for seed instead.

        Good luck,

      • Jennifer Says:

        I found a website – Romance Gardens & Greenhouses – who listed it for sale, but it is “sold out”. I have an email in to the site to see if they might get any more any time soon. I will let you know if I hear from them. Thanks!!

      • Paula B Says:

        OH – that’s great! Thank you Jennifer. 🙂

      • Jennifer Says:

        Hi Paula – Romence Gardens (it’s not Romance as I typed before) responded and said they do have a few more in stock and updated their website. I checked it out and I’m on the fence because the plant is a 4 1/2″ pot for $5.99, which is fine, but shipping is $9.95. Just wanted to let you know in case you want to purchase before they’re out again! Good luck!

      • Paula B Says:

        Thanks very much. Shipping adds a lot to the cost. I’m going to check one local place first. When the season is over, it does make a nice house plant if that helps make your decision. Thanks ever so much for all the info!

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